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Singapore Rescue Systems

Singapore submarine rescue system

Singapore purchased a new submarine rescue system from James Fisher Defence. It is fully operated by a civilian company, First Response Marine Ltd, which aggregates the M/V Swift Rescue ship owner and James Fisher Defence.
The system is fully operationnal since early 2009.


M/V Swift Rescue

M/ Swift Rescue is operated by Singapore Technology Marine and manned by Swire Pacific Offshore. Mission command and medical team are provided by the RSN.
The ship operates a rescue system, DSAR6 and its TUP, and an intervention system, ROV Super Spartan. MV Swift Rescue is able to reach a top speed of 12.5 knots with a maximum range of 3,000 nautical miles.

M/V Swift Rescue

M/V Swift Rescue

Figure 1,2: M/V Swift Rescue

DSAR 6 and TUP


The new DSAR6 and its TUP are provided and operated by James Fisher Defence onboard M/V Swift Rescue. 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.
The rescue vehicle can accomodate up to 17 rescuees. The TUP has a capacity of 40 rescuees.

DSAR 6 and TUP

DSAR 6 and TUP

Figure 3,4: DSAR 6 and TUP


ROV super Spartan

ROV super Spartan

Figure 5: ROV super Spartan


The intervention system of the RSN submarine rescue is the ROV SuperSpartan operated from M/V Swift Rescue.