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Navy, JFD demonstrate submarine rescue capability

JFD demonstrate submarine rescue capability

The JFD-designed rescue system has been tested during the annual Black Carillon submarine rescue certification exercise.

The JFD-designed rescue system has been tested during the annual Black Carillon submarine rescue certification exercise.

JFD Australia’s team of approximately 50 local operators and tradespeople have participated in the Royal Australian Navy’s annual Black Carillon submarine rescue certification exercise from the company’s national headquarters and advanced production facility at Bibra Lake, south of Perth.


The annual exercise involved two support ships and their civilian crew, the RAN’s Commander Submarine Abandonment Escape & Rescue and his team, RAN medical officers and medics, and a number of long-haul trucks and vehicles.

JFD’s submarine rescue system includes a piloted, free-swimming submarine rescue vehicle (a mini submarine), which, after being launched from a supply ship, dives down to locate and ‘mate’ with a disabled submarine.

The system also includes a transfer-under-pressure chamber to transport the rescued crew to the water’s surface, and a hyperbaric equipment suite that provides medical treatment to rescued personnel back on the ship.

The rescue system is built to respond to a distressed submarine anywhere in the world at as little as 12 hours’ notice.

“This is a critical sovereign capability for Australia and is what submarine rescue is all about,” Toff Idrus, managing director, JFD Australia, said.


“Nothing is more important to us than keeping submariners safe, it is our highest priority.”

Earlier this year, JFD secured a $70 million contract extension to supply its submarine rescue system to the Navy until December 2023.

The contract is expected to create at least four full-time defence industry jobs, with the firm also committing to involving more local West Australian industry, particularly in the development of the system’s new hyperbaric treatment chambers.

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Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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