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JFD successfully completes NSRS Northern Crown exercise in Sweden

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01 September 2022

JFD successfully completed Northern Crown, a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) exercise which involved mobilisation of the system onto the Swedish Navy vessel, HSwMS Belos, in September and October 2021.

The exercise is completed every two years as part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the NSRS Participant Nations and the Swedish Navy.  

Recognised as a global leader in the design, build and operation of submarine rescue systems, JFD has supported the NSRS contract since 2015. Although owned and operated by the three Participant Nations, the UK, France and Norway, the NSRS provides assistance to other navies through various MoUs. 

The Submarine Rescue System and supporting equipment was transported by road to Karlskrona in Sweden, and then embarked and commissioned onto the Swedish Rescue Mothership (MOSHIP), HSwMS Belos. HSwMS Belos already has a Transfer Under Pressure System (TUPS) and Launch and Recovery System (LARS) installed, so interface equipment was used to allow the NSRS Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV) to be launched, recovered and connected.

Regular submarine rescue exercises are essential to ensure equipment and personnel can respond as quickly and effectively as possible in the event of a submarine incident.

Gary Lindhofer, Head of Defence Services, JFD, said: "The relationship between the Swedish Navy and the NSRS Participant Nations continues to remain strong and is essential for providing submarine rescue support and contingency. 

COVID-19 prevented deployment of the NSRS SRV to Sweden over the past two years, so it was fantastic to return and conduct such a successful operation again. The Swedish vessel, HSwMS Belos, is an excellent example of a very capable submarine rescue MOSHIP."