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Cyprus and France to conduct a Joint Search and Rescue Exercise

A Cypriot search and rescue (SAR) helicopter

A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, titled “CYPFRA-05/15,” will be conducted on Monday, south east of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel from the Republic of Cyprus and France.

The Frigate «COURBET» as well as naval and air SAR units of the Republic of Cyprus, will take part in the Aeronautical SAR Exercise under the operational control and coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaca, in close cooperation with the French frigate.

The main objective of the Aeronautical Exercise is the planning and execution of a joint SAR exercise, in order to promote Personnel & Rescue Units capabilities and readiness, for effective response in SAR missions and other humanitarian operations, occurring also on account of the migration flow from the Middle East, within the Republic of Cyprus Search and Rescue Region (SRR).

The scenario deals with a simulated “Maritime Accident” in which the Cyprus National SAR Plan “NEARCHOS”, would be immediately implemented by the JRCC Larnaca in order to confront the situation. Specifically, the exercise will focus on daylight SAR operations, “MEDEVAC” emergency drills and deck-landing of the SAR Helicopters of the Republic of Cyprus on-board the Frigate.

This will be the fifth exercise on SAR matters in 2015, between the JRCC Larnaca (which represents the SAR system of the Republic of Cyprus) and the French Navy.

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