In its 2015-2016 disclosure, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) listed the construction of a submarine rescue and salvage vessel for the Pakistan Navy (PN) at KSEW.
The MoDP did not provide a specific timeline, but it would likely coincide with the induction of its new air-independent propulsion (AIP)-equipped Hangor-class submarines, which are all due by 2028.
While unarmed, a submarine rescue ship can be a relatively sophisticated – and costly – suite, but a necessary expense for a large submarine fleet.
Generally, a rescue ship would include:
The cost of each of these inputs will vary depending on the original equipment manufacturers (OEM) dealing with Pakistan.
In terms of options, in a 2019 interview by Defence Turkey, the general manager of STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Muhendislik Ve Ticaret A S) stated that the PN “brought to the agenda the need for a MoShip (mothership) Submarine Rescue Ship and they are making efforts to meet such a need depending on the proposals that will be in line with their budgets.”
 Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) Yearbook 2015-2016 Part II. Government of Pakistan. p.86
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