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JFD delivers submarine rescue system to RAN

16th April 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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JFD has delivered new submarine rescue equipment to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the company announced on 10 April.

The new kit includes a hyperbaric equipment suite and a transfer under pressure chamber.

The equipment suite helps submariners rescued from a disabled submarine to overcome the life-threatening effects of being rescued in pressurised waters. It is the final step during a submarine rescue which begins with rescuing the crew from the disabled submarine into a JFD free-swimming rescue vehicle, carrying them to the surface and safely on to the deck of a rescue ship.

After being rescued, the submariners are moved through the transfer under pressure chamber, with doctors on hand to monitor their wellbeing as they move into the hyperbaric equipment suite for further recovery.

Toff Idrus, general manager of JFD Australia, said: 'The innovative and world-class equipment which JFD has delivered means up to 86 people can receive life-saving medical treatment in the hyperbaric equipment suite and pressurised transfer chamber at any one time.

'Given a Collins-class submarine usually has a crew of 48, the increase in capability represents a significant evolution of submarine rescue services in Australia, to the point where the new system is the safest ever seen in Australia.'

JFD Australia is now conducting systems integration for the new equipment.

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