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Two big naval diving support vessels to be launched on Thursday | India News

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NEW DELHI: Two large diving support vessels (DSVs), which will also help in rescue operations for disabled submarines deep underwater, will be “launched” at Hindustan Shipyard in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.
The first of the two DSVs (Nistar and Nipun), each with a displacement of 9,350 tonnes, is likely to be delivered to the Navy by July 2023, with the next following in January 2024. Navy chief Admiral R Hari Kumar will be the chief guest at the launch ceremony of the DSVs, which are being built at a cost of Rs 2,393 crore.
“They are the first of their kind ships to be indigenously designed and built for the Navy. The vessels, which are 118.4 metres long and 22.8 metres wide, will be deployed for deep sea diving operations,” an officer said.
The DSVs, which can carry deep submergence rescue vessels (DSRVs), are also designed to undertake submarine rescue operations if the need arises. The Navy had inducted two critically-required DSRVs in 2018-2019, one each for the western and eastern seaboards, from a UK-based company, M/s James Fisher Defence, for around Rs 1,900 crore.
Equipped with side-scan sonars and remotely-operated vehicles, DSRVs are basically mini-submarines that dive to “mate’’ with a “disabled’’ submarine to extricate sailors trapped deep underwater.
“The DSVs, which have an indigenous content of around 80%, will be capable of sustained patrolling, conducting search and rescue operations and carrying out helicopter operations on the high seas,” he added.

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