Inverclyde Now Logo UPDATED — Exercise Cancelled — CLYDE Training Exercise For Submarine Parachute Rescue Squad

24 October, 2020 | Local

UPDATE — This exercise has been cancelled because of unsuitable weather conditions on both Monday and Tuesday

SUBMARINE rescuers are to parachute into the Clyde off Helensburgh.

UPDATE — This exercise has been cancelled because of unsuitable weather conditions on both Monday and Tuesday

Military exercise Clydesplash, involving personnel from the Submarine Parachute Assistance Group (SPAG), is due to take place on Monday (26 October).

They will be testing their rescue capabilities, conducting two jumps from an RAF aircraft.

The group, which is now based at HM Naval Base Clyde after moving last year from their previous base in Gosport, act as first responders to a submarine in distress.

The mixed team of qualified Royal Navy submariners, divers, medics, Royal Marine and Army Commandos, can be rapidly sent to the scene and deploy by parachute to deliver medical supplies, food and communications equipment to the stricken vessel.

The first jump is scheduled for around 3.30pm and the second at 6.30pm.

Jumps are weather dependent so if they don’t happen on the Monday they may be rescheduled for the same times the next day (Tuesday 27 October).

Support vessels from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines and the Ministry of Defence Police’s Clyde Marine Unit will be on hand to recover the parachutists.

The Submarine Parachute Assistance Group was formed in the 1960s. It now operates from HM Naval Base Clyde’s new state-of-the-art Submarine Escape, Rescue, Abandonment and Survivability (SMERAS) facility where submariners will conduct their escape training.

Also based at Clyde is the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS), capable of docking with a stricken submarine to ferry the personnel off and back to the surface.

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