NATO

Scotland-Based Firm To Support NATO Submarine Rescue Missions Until 2023

The operational support contract extension is worth £7 million and will reach into 2023.

A Scotland-based company has been awarded a three-year contract extension to help support the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

The new contract, worth more than £7m, will see JFD deliver operational support to NSRS until at least 2023.

As well as offering "rescue ready" capability 24 hours a day, all year round, the contract will provide expertly trained operating teams, service upgrades to the rescue vehicles and full maintenance programmes.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said the contract extension ensures "NATO submarine operations remain as safe as possible".

Created in 2008, NSRS is a collaborative project shared between the UK, France and Norway to ensure submarine operations are as safe as possible.

The dedicated system provides rescue to the three nations, as well as allied NATO partners.

It works by sending specialised vehicles to collect submariners after receiving a distress signal. Once inside the vehicles, the submariners are slowly decompressed as they return to the surface.

Danny Gray, managing director of JFD, said they are "extremely proud" to continue their work.

"We look forward to continuing our work with the NSRS Authority and ensuring we are constantly upgrading processes, equipment and training to exceed market standards."

JFD, which is based in Aberdeen, has been working with the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) since 1983.

Cover image: Library image of the NSRS (Picture: MOD).