The U.S. Navy SEALs’ pursuit of a “dry” mini-submarine has been realized with the arrival of the Dry Combat Submersible (DCS). Developed by Lockheed Martin, the DCS can transport SEALs in a completely pressurized cabin, transforming undersea warfare by enabling missions to be conducted with increased stealth, precision, and readiness.
- The U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) declared the Initial Operational Capability of the Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) last month, marking a significant advancement in maritime and undersea systems for special operators.
- The DCS offers a safe, clandestine method for transporting operatives over long distances in a dry environment. Its unique lock-in/lock-out chamber allows operatives to arrive at their mission fully prepared and undetected.
- Lockheed Martin’s DCS provides the U.S. Special Operations Forces the capability to travel extended distances underwater without the need for wetsuits or exposure to harsh elements. This not only ensures the safety and comfort of the operatives but also allows them to focus entirely on their mission objectives.
- Unlike the current SEAL Delivery Vehicle, the DCS enhances the stealth and covert nature of operations, making it a valuable asset in sensitive and high-risk missions. It serves as a reliable transportation mode, allowing operatives to arrive discreetly at their desired exit point.
- Lockheed Martin is committed to sustaining the DCS’s long-term operational success, offering comprehensive support including lifecycle support, post-delivery logistics support, specialized training for pilots and special operators, and the provision of training equipment.