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MV Swift Rescue - Submarine Support Vessel

The submarine support vessel, MV Swift Rescue, was launched by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) in November 2008. The RSN is the first in the Southeast Asian region to acquire Submarine Escape and Rescue (SMER) capabilities with the equipping of the MV Swift Rescue and the submersible rescue vessel, Deep Search and Rescue Six (DSAR 6). The MV Swift Rescue and DSAR allow for the rapid and effective evacuation of personnel from distressed submarines.

MV Swift Rescue features a wide range of capabilities to carry out SMER operations. The vessel comprises a helipad for the emergency evacuation of casualties, a Launch and Recovery system used to lower and raise the DSAR 6 the water, a medical centre equipped with an 8-bed High Dependency Ward and 10-bed Sick Bay, as well as a recompression chamber. The chamber has a capacity of 40 personnel and utilises a Deck Transfer Lock to prevent changes in the atmospheric pressure of the rescued submariners when they are transferred from the DSAR 6 to the recompression chamber.

The DSAR 6 is capable of reaching a top speed of three knots (5.5 km/h) underwater and is able to reach depths of up to 500 metres. MV Swift Rescue is able to reach a top speed of 12.5 (23.15 km/h) knots with a maximum range of 3,000 nautical miles (5556 km). Together, the two vessels form the RSN's submarine rescue capability.

Realising a swift and effective submarine rescue capability in the Asia-Pacific region requires cooperation and knowledge sharing among navies. That was the message Chief of Navy Rear-Admiral (RADM) Chew Men Leong delivered to the participants of the 9th Asia Pacific Submarine Conference (APSC). Held from 22 to 24 June 2009, the annual event is hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) this year. "Given the expansive waters of the Asia-Pacific, which will make the race against time to mobilise rescue resources and bringing them to bear at the distressed submarine location all the more challenging... it is essential to build and maintain a strong network for submarine rescue collaboration among navies," said RADM Chew during his keynote address on 22 Jun.

MV Swift Rescue Specifications

Length 85m 
Width 18m 
Tonnage 4,300 tonnes 
Maximum speed 12 knots 
Endurance Up to 28 days continuous operation at sea 
Capacity 27 crew 

DSAR 6 Specifications
Length 9.6m 
Width 3.2m 
Height 2.8m 
Weight About 25 tonnes 
Operating depth 500m 
Maximum speed 3 knots 
Endurance Up to 15 hours without charging 
Maximum capacity 17 rescued personnel and 3 crew 

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