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Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) news roundup

JFD acquire Ortega Submersibles
British-based marine services and diving & underwater systems provider James Fisher Defence (JFD) has acquired Dutch SDV start-up Ortega Submersibles who are known for their highly-sophisticated submersible canoe designs. Their main military product is the Mk.1D 4-person SDV.
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The deal covers all the assets, IP and designs rights of Ortega Submersibles, and the Dutch team at Enschede will continue operating as a new subsidiary JFD Ortega BV.

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Ortega’s publicly revealed products are all smaller than JFD’s existing SEAL Carrier submersible boats (see below), but larger than the Torpedo SEAL two-person diver propulsion device (DPD).

Subsea Craft reveal VICTA-02
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British based submersible boat builder SubSeaCraft has released the first images of its next generation SDV, the VICTA-02. Unlike its distinctive catamaran Diver Delivery Unit (DDU) design the new craft has a more typical monohull form. It differs from most other western submersible boat designs by not being a RHIB (rigid hulled inflatable boat) design. Although a high-speed semi-planing hull, the bow and upper surfaces are distinctly rounded to reduce underwater resistance. The crew/passengers, and this appears to be an 8-person wet-sub like the previous design, are accommodated in an enclosed compartment with windows and top hatches.
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The more conventional hull form may have different underwater performance and handling characteristics to the catamaran design. The new vehicle will be unveiled at DSEI 2019 in London on 10-13th September (Stand S10-150).

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Images of SEAL Carrier with Rebs boarding ladder
Photos posted to Reb’s Instagram last year show their rolatube/hook combo vertical access ladder being deployed directly from a JFD SEAL Carrier SDV.

Norwegian firm Henriksen make a range of Rebs ladders for Special Forces and law enforcement applications. The system shown here is suitible to maritime counter-terrorism Special Forces and commandos, and is more commonly associated with fast boats, typically RHIBS, and divers.

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