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JFD, part of James Fisher & Sons plc, is showcasing its recently-launched flexible rebreather, the SHADOW/B, at IDEX in Abu Dhabi.

Available with a conversion kit that allows divers to convert from a front- to a back-mounted rebreather, the launch of the SHADOW/B represents the latest in a long line of technological developments designed to enhance safety in military combat diving.

With the significant growth in navies looking to develop specific maritime skills for special forces, counter-terrorism and other areas of covert operations, there is a fundamental requirement for navies to keep their physical assets, including submarines and vessels, as far away from conflict as possible, according to the company. This is leading to the integration of swimmer delivery vehicles (SDVs) onto suitable submarines and other platforms. Traditionally, rebreather sets worn by combat divers are front-mounted, which prevents the diver from being able to pilot the SDV that would facilitate insertion into the operational field, creating the necessity to purchase multiple rebreather sets for the dive team. The JFD SHADOW/B set and conversion option allows divers to adapt their equipment to best suit mission requirements, allowing them to carry out their operations safely and efficiently

Our primary focus has always been to equip divers with the  “ technologies they need to successfully carry out their missions, allowing them to dive deeper and for longer, but most importantly in the safest possible conditions,” commented JFD Operations Director, Danny Gray. “In the development of SHADOW/B, JFD has proactively engaged with the end-user to firmly establish the requirements and deliver an innovative solution that will be fit-for-purpose. The SHADOW range of special forces equipment is designed to be modular, allowing divers to adapt to mission requirements and ensuring they have the flexibility they need to safely complete their operations. Our expert technical team worked to develop a practical rebreather capability to meet the evolving operational roles of the combat diver and significantly improve safety standards [….] We remain committed to investing in R&D that will drive the development of the innovative solutions our customers need. Providing divers with the flexibility they need to carry out their work is key, and our focus will remain on how to ensure we can best support divers in conducting challenging operations whilst always protecting their safety.”

JFD is working with the world’s leading navies in the provision of a comprehensive special forces capability, from rebreathers to SDVs, as well as the integration with operational platforms, employing an in-depth understanding of the entire mission spectrum to deliver innovative solutions that drive the highest standards in safety and operational efficiency.

SHADOW/B follows the recent launch of SHADOW NAV, an advanced combat diver navigation module fitted to a diver’s standard half mask and providing a clear visual display of a combat diver’s compass heading, depth and time, even in near-zero visibility conditions. SHADOW NAV represents a leap forward in capability for combat divers by ensuring they have continual visibility of accurate information.

The SHADOW family of rebreathers and associated equipment bring new levels of operational efficiency and safety to the world of combat diving. (Photo: JFD)

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