James Fisher Defence (JFD) is naming its latest rescue submersible in a traditional ceremony held at Fairlie Quay in Scotland.
The submersible has been custom built around JFD's Deep Search and Rescue (DSAR) 500 class platform which draws on the company's experience in submarine rescue operations and participation in rescue exercises worldwide.
On completion of the trials programme DSAR-6 will be delivered to Singapore and integrated with the recently launched mothership 'Swift Rescue' which was built by JFD's joint venture partner, Singapore Technologies Marine (STM).
Together JFD and STM have formed First Response Marine Pte Ltd, a 50:50 joint venture company which will provide a comprehensive submarine rescue service to the Republic of Singapore Navy. DSAR 6 and Swift Rescue are on schedule to enter service in spring 2009.
The naming ceremony comes just three months after a similar ceremony for the Republic of Korea Navy's 'ROKS DSRV II' which this week successfully completed sea acceptance trials off the coast of the city port of Busan in South Korea.