The submarine intervention gear ships, Merchant Vessel (MV) Besant and MV Stoker, are the latest enhancements to Navy’s submarine search and rescue capability. Besant is operated by DMS Maritime.

MV Besant is named after the Commanding Officer of the First World War submarine AE1, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant.

Type Auxiliary Naval Vessel
Role Submarine intervention gear ship
International callsign VJN4816
Home port Fleet Base West
Builder Damen Song Cam Shipyards, Vietnam
Launched 21 May 2015
Length 83 metres
Beam 16 metres
Draught 4.25 metres


Auxiliary naval vessel