Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Launched

Sep. 04, 2017

Tokyo, September 4, 2017 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. today held a ceremony marking the launch of a deep submergence rescue vehicle (DSRV) currently being built for the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) at its Kobe Works. The event was held at 11:35 a.m. with Taro Ike, Vice Admiral of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Commandant, Kure District and other MOD representatives in attendance. This vehicle is the 3rd DSRV, and it has been 18 years since the 2nd DSRV was delivered in March 2000. It is designed to safely rescue all personnel from submarines that experience accident at sea.

The following is a summary of basic information on the new DSRV.

Laid down January 28, 2015
Launched September 4, 2017
Delivery (Scheduled) March 2018

Length 12.4 m
Breadth 3.2 m
Height 4.3 m
Displacement Approx. 45 t
Submerged speed 4 kn
Operators 2
Propulsion system Electric propulsion (1 main propulsion unit, 4 thruster units)
Pressure hull Tempered super-high-tensile steel (cylindrical form)

Description of Operations

  1. The DSRV is attached to a submarine rescue ship and rushed to the rescue location.
  2. The DSRV separates from the ship and receives guidance support while utilizing onboard sonar equipment to move in closer to the disabled submarine.
  3. The DSRV connects with the escape hatch of the submarine using a mating skirt.
  4. The submarine personnel are transferred safely to the DSRV and transported to the submarine rescue ship.


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