French and Danish train at sea rescue off Greenland

September 13, 2018 (Google Translation) – In early September, the North Atlantic was the scene of Search and Rescue (SAR) exercises between the French and Danish navies.

From September 3 to 9, 2018 Landseer Exercise was held west of Greenland. This was the first Franco-Danish SAR training of this magnitude. Developed in a context where the maritime routes of the Far North are increasingly frequented, this exercise aimed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation of the two navies to optimize their ability to intervene jointly in rescue operations.

The Landseer exercise involving the United States, Canada and Iceland is held once a year off Greenland to improve their SAR capabilities. This year, France participated by engaging the patrol boat Fulmar and a Falcon 50 from the French Navy. A US liaison officer boarded the HDMS Knud Rasmussen , the Danish twinned with the Fulmar, while the Falcon 50 sailed alongside his Danish counterpart, the Challenger . This exercise has allowed crews to improve their interoperability and to exchange on their SAR procedures.

Throughout the week, the exercises were overseen by the Danish ” Joint Arctic Command ” which is in charge of search and rescue missions and fisheries surveillance in the Faroe Islands to Greenland area.