India in Talks With Russia on Purchasing Submarine Rescue Ship

© Sputnik / Igor Russak / Go to the photo bankLaunching ceremony of the search-and-rescue vessel (21300-class) Igor Belousov on the docks at Admiralty Shipyards.
Launching ceremony of the search-and-rescue vessel (21300-class) Igor Belousov on the docks at Admiralty Shipyards. - Sputnik International
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The Indian Navy is in talks with a Russian ship-making firm on the possible purchase of a brand-new deep-sea rescue ship to aid submarines in distress, the company’s chief executive told India’s Economic Times.

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NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — Alexander Buzakov, the head of Admiralty Shipyards, said they had presented to Indian military representatives aboard a 21300-class vessel, the first ship of its kind to be commissioned by to the Russian Navy by the end of 2015.

India has no ship capable of assisting nuclear and conventional submarines should they run into trouble at sea, the outlet noted.

At present, its deep-sea rescue operations rely on foreign assistance.

The Russian vessel can serve as a platform for manned rescue missions to depths of 1,000 feet and is equipped with two unmanned submersibles that can be operated remotely.

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