DSC A 20 (Syllabus: GS Paper 3 – Sci & Tech)

News-CRUX-10     1st September 2023        

Context: Launch of ‘DSC A 20 (yard 325)’ first ship of 05 x diving support craft (DSC) project being built by M/s Titagarh Rail Systems Ltd (TRSL), Kolkata was held recently.

Key Points

  • These ships are designed to undertake operational/ training diving operations in harbours and coastal waters. 
  • They are 30 m long catamaran hull ships, with a displacement of approx. 300 tons. All five (05) DSC are anticipated to be delivered to the Indian Navy in FY 2024-25.
  • DSC are being equipped with advanced diving equipment and tools to carry out diving operations.
  • The ships are designed and constructed within the guidelines of Naval Rules and Regulations of the Indian Register of Shipping (IRS), following indigenous approaches.
  • The ships will be commissioned in the Indian Navy to provide diving assistance for ships inside and close to harbour, for underwater repairs, maintenance and salvage.
  • The ships predominantly utilize main and auxiliary equipment from local manufacturers, aligning with the Make in India and Make for the World initiatives.
  • Supported by: Government of India (GoI) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).