in Defence / Events

JFD and RAN complete Black Carillon subrescue exercise

Posted 5 December 2018 · Add Comment

JFD has successfully completed the Black Carillon 2018 submarine rescue exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), demonstrating the highest standards in submarine rescue safety.



Black Carillon 2018 successfully tested every aspect of the RAN’s submarine rescue system, including the new hyperbaric escape and rescue capability, demonstrating a step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations.

It was also the first exercise to incorporate the RAN’s new hyperbaric equipment suite (HES) which entered into service in July 2018, testing the fully integrated submarine rescue capability. This means for the first time, the entire crew of a Collins Class submarine – up to 88 submariners - can be treated simultaneously.

The exercise was unequivocally successful in demonstrating an industry-leading step-change in advanced submarine rescue operations, further safeguarding the lives of submariners. It encompassed the entire rescue operation which included mobilisation and preparations, the deep dive mating exercise, aeromedical evacuation, transfer under pressure (TUP) and decompression, as well as the demobilisation of the entire system.

The RAN has commended JFD on a safe and highly successful Black Carillon. “I was exceptionally impressed with what you achieved in the exercise and it was clearly evident that a strong sense of teamwork had been developed,” said Captain Geoff Wadley, RAN, Commander Submarine Force.

“Speaking to international observers, they were unanimous in their praise for the exercise and the value they all got out of it, a job exceptionally well done.”

A major element in testing the rescue suite this year was a continuously run ‘Rescue Exercise’, which aimed to test the complete system from the submersible through the hydraulics bellows into the transfer under pressure (TUP) chamber where any initial triage of patients could be undertaken.  They then move to the new recompression chambers for simulated treatment depending on the symptoms being exhibited. The exercise, which commenced at early light at 0530 on 19 November and finalised at 1508 on 20 November, involved the launch and recovery of the submersible as in a real DISSUB scenario and necessitated the split manning of all control  points of the suite to cover 24 hour operations. JFD worked seamlessly with the RAN medics and doctors to achieve all exercise objectives. 

Toff Idrus, JFD Australia managing director, commented: “Throughout our long and well-established partnership with the RAN, the James Fisher Submarine Rescue Service (JFSRS) team has pioneered and driven continual innovation to ensure the submarine rescue capability is as safe and comprehensive as possible. The annual Black Carillon exercises allow us to test the full capabilities of the JFSRS service, and we were particularly pleased to receive full operational verification from the RAN on the new HES system and advanced TUP capability during this most recent exercise.
 
“During 2018 the JFD and RAN teams have completed a record three operational deployments to sea in a single calendar year, a testament to the long standing partnership in providing the most advanced submarine rescue capability that will ultimately drive the highest standards in protecting lives at sea.”
 
Black Carillon 2018 was conducted over a period of more than three weeks in November 2018. As a comprehensive operation, the exercise included all assets that would be required in the event of a real rescue operation, including RAN Rescue Gear Ship MV Stoker, Collins-class submarine HMAS SHEEAN and RAN Escape Gear Ship MV Besant.


 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Airbus and Eutelsat deal draws on UK satellite expertise

A new multi-million-pound deal signed today by European businesses Eutelsat and Airbus, will see satellite components and major parts assembled in the UK.

UK doubles F-35 fleet with another 17

The UK is set to double its number of F-35 stealth jets after ordering 17 more aircraft, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced.

Ethiopian launches services to Manchester

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline, inaugurated flights to Manchester, its second destination in the UK next to London, at a ceremony with HE Mrs Susanna Moorehead,

Fine Tubes celebrates its 75th anniversary

Plymouth-based manufacturer of high-precision, high performance tubing products, Fine Tubes, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Minister for Security and Economic Crime highlights significance of S&P 2019

In a recent interview, the Minister for Security and Economic Crime, The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP, has highlighted the significance of the Home Office’s Security and Policing (S&P) event being held at the Farnborough International

Stansted has record breaking November

A record breaking 1.98 million passengers passed through London Stansted in November, up 8.7% on 2017, ahead of what is expected to be the airport’s busiest ever festive season.

ODU SK191217191218
See us at
Airborne ISR & C2 Battle ManagementSMINCW1210050218Aviation Africa 2019