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Forces News has gained special access to the first ever submarine rescue exercise in the Arctic Circle.The training in Norway has been...

Forces News has gained special access to the first ever submarine rescue exercise in the Arctic Circle.

The training in Norway has been testing the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS), which can save submariners trapped 600 metres below the ocean surface.

Exercise Northern Sun 17 is perhaps the biggest test the NSRS has ever faced so far.

The system has been used in Norway before but never at this time of year and never this far north. Temperatures here average at between -10 and -15°C.

The system combines a mini-submarine, known as an SRV, which rescues submariners from the ocean depths, and a portable hyperbaric chamber known as Transfer Under Pressure System (TUP). This works to combat decompression illness, known as the bends. 

The NSRS can be fitted to thousands of different ships, allowing it to reach distressed submarines around the world.

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