JFD has been awarded a contract by the U.K. Ministry of Defense (MoD) to manufacture and supply critical Emergency Stores Support Receiving Systems for its submarines and Escape Training Facility.
JFD has designed and built Emergency Life Support Stores (ELSS) and Emergency Stores Support Receiving Systems (also sometimes referred to as ELSS pods and pod posting bags) for various customers worldwide. These Receiving Systems are vital during a submarine rescue event where they allow the transfer of ELSS assets, which include essential supplies to help sustain the health, wellbeing and environment for submariners within a distressed submarine (DISSUB).
“JFD is once again proud to support the U.K. MoD and the Royal Navy with their requirements,” said Ben Wright, Head of Capability – Submarine Escape and Rescue, JFD. “This contract reconfirms JFD’s commitment to supporting the Royal Navy with developing a comprehensive Submarine Escape, Rescue and Abandonment Systems (SMERAS) capability. JFD’s Emergency Stores Support Receiving Systems are in operation worldwide on a variety of different submarine classes and are essential to receiving ELSS pods, which forms part of the Intervention Concept of Operations (CONOPS).”
JFD’s Emergency Stores Support Receiving Systems allow the safe delivery and recovery of ELSS assets to and from a DISSUB’s escape tower. The Receiving Systems are secured in place by submariners before a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) delivers ELSS Pods to the Rescue Escape Hatch. While the principal design remains consistent, the fitment of each Receiving System is tailored to the customer’s specific hatch type.
Once posted, and with hatches shut and drained, ELSS pods can be securely lowered into the submarine using the provided lowering mechanism, without the risk of flooding the tower.
Each Emergency Stores Support Receiving System is designed and built in compliance with ANEP/MNEP 85, and has been load-tested and certified for the receipt of a fully-flooded ELSS pod. Safety is further enhanced by the design’s dual-redundant load path and for ease of stowage, each Receiving System is packaged within its own case.