DCI is announcing the signature of a contract with the Indian state shipyard named MDL (Mazagon Docks Limited) to train the first two Indian crew operating SCORPENE type submarines. 100 sailors will be trained by DCI (36 per crew, one spare and some Indian would-be instructors who will train the next crew).
This 22 month training will start in India as soon as 1st September 2015.
It will take place on land then aboard the first two submarines, built in Bombay by MDL, on dock and at sea. The trials period will be used for this training according to current French Navy standards.
DCI will put in place a 9 submariner team in Bombay. This team will be eager to transfer its know-how concerning modern ship operation.
“With this contract, DCI will deliver to the Indian Navy the ability to operate SCORPENE submarines designed by DCNS. These are arguably the most efficient current conventional submarines. This French know-how, transferred to a major blue water navy, is a strong mutual trust component reinforcing the strategic link between France and India.”declares Rear-Admiral Bruno Nielly, DCI-NAVFCO Director.
Created in 1972, DCI is an intermediate sized service company, with the French government as the concurring shareholder. DCI is culturally close to the Ministry of Defence. Its main mission is to transfer to France friendly foreign countries the French armed forces know-how including:
• consulting and assistance throughout the life cycle of armament programmes;
• training engineering in the academic, operational and technical fields.
DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French armed forces for 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavouring to extend their activities to European Union countries.