The Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS) is the U.S. Navy’s 21st century submarine rescue system. This paper briefly examines the submarine rescue system and highlights its salient features and advantages. Recognized Classification Societies have been providing independent third-party Classification / Certification services to the commercial marine industry for many decades. Over the last few years, navies worldwide are increasingly adapting the commercial Classification process for naval applications. This paper provides a general overview of the Classification process for typical underwater systems. Following this, the paper examines the application of Classification to some of the elements of the SRDRS and gives an insight into the ABS effort to support the development, deployment and operation of the SRDRS. The topics of discussion include the memorandum of agreement between the U.S Navy and ABS, the deficiency adjudication process, the ABS and “ABS-Plus” Rule requirements and the design of some of the elements of the SRDRS.

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