Russian Northern Fleet Practices Search and Rescue

November 21, 2018 (Google Translation) – Today, the regional center of defense management (RCC) of the Northern Fleet conducted a training session to ensure the unsinkability and fire and explosion safety of warships in the face of deteriorating weather and wind. As part of the training at the RCC of the Northern Fleet, a center for survival and search and rescue support was deployed. The training also involved duty personnel of search and rescue support, command, staff and non-staff emergency response teams of surface ships and submarines. During the training,…

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FS Cassard Rescues 12 From MV Durban Queen

November 20, 2018 (Google Translation) – On Tuesday, November 20, the Cassard anti-aircraft frigate, engaged in the Arab-Persian Gulf, rescued 12 shipwrecked. In the late morning, the frigate prepares for a refueling at sea when she catches a distress message from a nearby commercial building, the Durban Queen . The ship is quickly spotted, seven nautical miles, or about 13 km. Under the operational control of the commander of the Indian Ocean maritime zone, the Cassard prepares to intervene and takes off his helicopter, a Panther from the 36F flotilla,…

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Franco-Spanish Rescue Operation for 24F

November 19, 2018 (Google Translation) – On 3 November 2018, an extraordinary Franco-Spanish rescue operation was coordinated by the Regional Operational Rescue and Monitoring Center (CROSS) Mediterranean 80 nautical miles (about 150 km) north of the Balearic Islands. At 1 am, the CROSS Méditerranée is alerted by the Gris-Nez CROSS of the detection of a French distress beacon. The latter comes from an unidentified mobile. The CROSS distributes distress relays and defeats several merchant ships to begin unsuccessful searches. At sunrise, the CROSS requests the Navy’s operational center for the…

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Rescue in Extreme Weather Conditions for 36F

October 24, 2018 (Google Translation) – On October 15, 2018, around 8 pm, the Flottille 36F warning helicopter was fired to rescue a distressed sailboat 3 nautical miles (about 6 km) south of Porquerolles. One end is stuck in the propeller and the two people on board are unable to maneuver their boat. At night, in the rain, and with a particularly rough sea (level 5), the National Society for Rescue at Sea (SNSM) was unable to tow the boat. The only one capable of intervening in particularly dangerous conditions,…

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HMAS Ballarat supports search and rescue for injured Golden Globe race sailors

September 26, 2018 – HMAS Ballarat will reach Amsterdam Island tomorrow, ready to provide medical assistance to Indian Solo yachtsman Abhilash Tomy, injured in rough seas approximately 1800 nautical miles off the West Australian coast. The French fisheries patrol vessel Osiris recovered the injured sailor from the damaged yacht Thuriya, and another sailor from a second damaged yacht, and transported both sailors to Amsterdam Island on Tuesday. Coordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, HMAS Ballarat and a Royal Australian Air Force P-8A Poseidon aircraft responded…

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Operation Chammal: Sea Rescue Exercise for Chevalier Paul

September 14, 2018 (Google Translation) – Deployed in the eastern Mediterranean since the beginning of August, Air Defense Frigate (FDA) Chevalier Paul carried out an operational release in Cyprus, in the port of Larnaca, thus allowing the strengthening of the cooperation between the Navy and the Cypriot Army. After a preparatory meeting at the Larnaca Sea Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC), the various units conducted a rescue exercise (SAREX) off the coast. In addition to Knight Paul and his Caiman on- board helicopter , an AW-139 patrol boat and Cypriot armed…

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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…

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USS Mason Takes Part in Search and Rescue Mission

August 28, 2018 – USS Mason (DDG 87) took part in the transport of passengers from a damaged seaplane that was adrift at sea in the Western Atlantic Ocean Aug. 25. Mason was conducting operations in the Atlantic with Carrier Strike Group 12, when the U.S. Navy diverted the ship to rendezvous with the container ship M/V Polar Peru to transport the rescued passengers back to the United States. “It was a great team effort to safely rescue the seaplane crew,” said Cmdr. Stephen Aldridge, Mason’s commanding officer. “Those who…

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Seventh Fleet aircraft locates missing mariners in Indian Ocean

A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft located a missing fishing vessel July 10, after joining search efforts at the request of the Sri Lankan Navy. The vessel was located by an aircraft from the “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 45 assigned to U.S. 7th Fleet and flew out of Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. “As we continue to explore the operational reach and agility of the P-8A Poseidon, the trust and relationships we build with our multi-national partners becomes more and more apparent in such a complex and…

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Whidbey Island Search-and-Rescue Sailors Safeguard Lives

The smell of pine trees and the peacefulness of rushing rivers in the high country is evident across much of the state of Washington. The region is a hiker’s dream. However, this beautiful landscape has a potentially lethal side that can claim the lives of even the most-experienced hikers. Luckily, sailors from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Search and Rescue team are on 24-hour duty. Saving People “Our job is to go out and save people, whether it’s pulling them out from the water or from the side of a…

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Destroyer Gravely Provides Medical Care to Distressed Mariner

USS Gravely (DDG 107), homeported in Norfolk provided life-saving medical support to a mariner off the coast of Bermuda while underway Thursday, May 17. Once Gravely arrived on scene, the patient was transported from his sailboat via small boat to Gravely where the ship’s medical team provided care to stabilize the patient for transport to a shore-based medical care facility. “When we heard about the medical emergency aboard SUN KOZ 2, we were very relieved that we were in a position close enough to assist. This is the kind of…

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Northern Fleet SAR forces take part in Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise

Northern Fleet search-and-rescue forces are ready for the Barents 2018 Russia-Norway exercise. The exercise involves Nikolay Chiker rescue tug, Il-38 ASW aircraft, Ka-27PS, and Ilya Muromets multifunctional icebreaker. The Barents is the only annual Russia-Norway exercise held in the Arctic region. It is held in accordance with intergovernmental agreement signed by Russia and Norway in October 4, 1995.

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USS Hue City Rescues Distressed Mariners

USS Hue City (CG 66) rescued three fishermen March 27 off the coast of Georgia. At approximately 4 a.m. Hue City was notified by the U.S. Coast Guard and guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) that a small craft in their vicinity had issued a distress signal and needed assistance. Hue City Commanding Officer, Capt. Jake Douglas, and the ship’s crew turned to the last known position of the distressed vessel, fishing vessel Barbara Lynn, and began the search. Approximately 20 minutes later, the cruiser’s lookout spotted the flashing strobe…

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L3 Delivers First HC-130J to the U.S. Coast Guard

L3 Technologies announced today that it has delivered the first production HC-130J aircraft integrated with a next-generation Minotaur Mission System Suite (MSS+) to the U.S. Coast Guard for improved long-range surveillance capabilities. Work was done by L3’s Aerospace Systems business segment, and an aircraft completion ceremony was hosted at its facility in Waco, Texas. L3 upgraded the aircraft with the government-furnished MSS+ that was developed jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, and operated across multiple platforms. Work included integration and testing of the aircraft under the…

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Pacific Fleet’s An-26 aircraft begins to search for fishing vessel ‘Vostok’

The Pacific Fleet Naval Aviation’s aircraft has joined to the operation to search and rescue the fishing vessel Vostok. At 6.40 Moscow time, the PF An-26 aircraft with a mobile rescue group on board flew to the designated search area. Pilots in difficult weather conditions are surveying the water surface from a height of 600 to 1,000 metres. The coordinating headquarters is continuing to operate in the PF Territorial Center. Being in constant contact with the regional rescue services, this headquarters is monitoring the situation and analyzing the incoming information.

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