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India Naval Shipyard holds keel laying ceremony for Diving Support Craft.

| 2023

According to information published by the Indian government on January 17, 2023, keel laying for the fourth Diving Support Craft (DSC), DSC A23 (Y-328) project was held at M/s Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Kolkata. RAdm Sandeep Mehta, ACWP&A presided over the function.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Keel laying ceremony of the fourth Diving Support Craft. (Picture source: Indian government)

The ships are scheduled to be inducted into the Indian Navy commencing end 2023 onwards to provide diving assistance for ships close to harbour, for underwater repairs, maintenance and salvage.

Further, main and auxiliary equipment are being sourced from indigenous manufacturers, and the ships are proud flag bearers of Make in India and Make for the World initiatives of Ministry of Defence.

About the Diving Support Craft

Diving Support Craft (DSC) are vessels that are specifically designed to support underwater diving operations. They are typically used in commercial and military operations, such as underwater construction, salvage, and inspection.

DSCs are usually equipped with a variety of diving equipment, such as air compressors, storage tanks for breathing gases, and diving bells or chambers for transporting divers between the surface and the underwater worksite. They also have living quarters for the divers, and a control room for monitoring and communicating with the divers.

DSCs are generally larger and more heavily equipped than other types of dive boats, as they are meant to support divers for prolonged periods of time, and in harsher environments. They are typically equipped with cranes, winches, and other heavy-lifting equipment to handle the heavy loads associated with diving operations.

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