OceanWorks International delivered a system upgrade for the first of the Italian Navy’s three Atmospheric Diving Systems (ADS). After its previous refurbishment in 1999, the first Italian Hardsuit was returned to OceanWorks International for the latest configuration upgrade.
The upgrade to the Quantum II configuration offers improved operational, maintenance and training features including more powerful SAAB Seaeye SM7 thrusters and a completely redesigned and upgraded electronics, communication and monitoring system to allow better control and monitoring of the system performance by pilot and supervisor, OceanWorks said.
The contract included provision of a temporary replacement ADS system to ensure that the Italian Navy did not experience any interruption of their rescue and salvage capabilities during the upgrade and refurbishment period. A 2-week pilot and technician training course is also provided to ensure that the Navy remain current on the advanced functions of the upgraded system. The upgrades and major survey along with the training represent a strong commitment by the Italian Navy to the Hardsuit ADS system as the cornerstone of their submarine rescue capability.