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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U.S. Navy Aircraft Joins Search and Rescue Efforts for Missing Mariners in East China Sea

On Jan. 7, the U.S. Navy sent a P-8A aircraft attached to the ‘Fighting Tigers’ of Patrol Squadron EIGHT (VP-8) to assist in an international search and rescue (SAR) effort in the East China Sea following a collision between two commercial vessels. After arriving on scene, the aircraft searched an area of approximately 3,600 square nautical miles before returning to Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. None of the mariners were located. Chinese-flagged cargo ship, CF Crystal, and Iranian-flagged MV Sanchi collided, Jan. 6. International search efforts are ongoing for…

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Protecting the marine environment: the Arriel engine in action

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) deploys over 100 MH-65C Dolphin helicopters for some of its most demanding missions. They are all powered by twin Arriel 2C2-CG turboshaft engines from Safran Helicopter Engines. Meeting the highest standards of reliability and robustness, this engine also shows its full performance capabilities on demanding missions like the one recounted here, of unmasking ships that pollute our seas. CLOUDS OVER SAN FRANCISCO It’s nine o’clock in the morning, and clouds have invaded the sky over northern California. Some are about to touch the towers…

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Indian Navy Relief Operations Update

Southern Naval Command continued ‘OP Sahayam’, an Indian Navy exercise for undertaking Search and Rescue (SAR) and providing Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster relief (HADR) material support, over Southeast Arabian Sea and L& M islands in the aftermath of Very Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘OCKHI’. Nine naval ships including frontline ships from Western Naval Command INS Chennai, Kolkata and four types of aircraft including long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft P8I, Dornier, SeaKing and Chetak were continued to be deployed over an extended SAR area up to 300 miles west of L& M…

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Chinese Frigate Yuncheng embarks on home voyage after SAR drill

The International Maritime Search and Rescue Exercise (IMMSAREX) of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) wrapped up Wednesday in waters of Bengal Bay. The Chinese PLA Navy’s guided-missile frigate Yuncheng (Hull 571) participated in the two-day exercise and headed for home on Wednesday. During the exercise, 20 naval vessels from nine countries participated respectively in the drills of search and rescue of crashed plane, rescuing merchant ship on fire, and search and rescue of missing fishing boat in groups. The Chinese frigate Yunchang participated in the drill of searching for…

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NZDF-Finds-Stricken-NZ-Sailor-in-Pacific-Ocean

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) has found the New Zealand sailor who activated his yacht’s emergency beacon early this morning about 166 kilometers east of Norfolk Island in the Pacific Ocean. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the Air Component Commander, said a Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft spotted the skipper of SV Waimanu waving from a life raft a few minutes after reaching the yacht’s reported location around midday. “The crew has yet to establish communications with the skipper but he is moving around in the life…

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Leonardo starts delivery of 16 AW101 Norwegian all-weather SAR helicopters

Leonardo is pleased to announce that the first of 16 AW101 all-weather search and rescue helicopters has been delivered to the Norwegian Ministry of Justice & Public Security. The aircraft departed Leonardo’s Yeovil facility on November 17th for Sola Air Base in southern Norway where the aircraft will enter a period of Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) before entering service with the Royal Norwegian Air Force in 2018. Aircraft deliveries will continue through to 2020 with SAR operations being established with the aircraft deployed across each of the six main…

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USS Wayne E. Meyer conducts search and rescue

USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) rescued three mariners from a sinking vessel, Nov. 18. At approximately 8:20 a.m., Nov. 18, Wayne E. Meyer responded to a distress call from Motor Vessel IKENA. Wayne E. Meyer, which was conducting routine operations off the coast of San Diego, immediately made best speed to render assistance to the distressed vessel. Wayne E. Meyer arrived on scene and deployed its rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) to recover the mariners from the sinking vessel. Once aboard the ship, the mariners were evaluated by the medical…

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Russian Navy’s SAR Service to receive first Project 23370M modular cutter in 2018

According to Captain 1 Rank Damir Shaykhutdinov, the Chief of the Navy’s Search-and-Rescue Service, another improved Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter will replenish the search-and-rescue forces of the Pacific Fleet in 2018 and will be deployed in Kamchatka. According to him, the boat is designed to carry out search, emergency-and-rescue and search-and-rescue operations at open roadsteads, stationing points and coastal raids, naval bases and coastal areas. be used as a diving vessel. Project 23370M multifunctional modular cutter is a modified version of Project 23370. It is notable for increased dimensions,…

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