April 12, 2020 (Google Translation) – “Castaway to the optics!” “. Despite a persistent mist, the watchmen of the Frigate multi-missions (FREMM) Auvergne , spotted a silhouette floating with difficulty above the waves. This identification was notably possible thanks to the coordination between French and Cypriot partners, given that the FREMM was alerted by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) in Larnaka (Cyprus).
Thus, in a few minutes, a boat is launched to retrieve the castaway. After a first support by the medical team, an AW-139 helicopter from the 460th Cypriot Search and Rescue Squadron joined the frigate in order to carry out the evacuation.
A few nautical miles away, the same scenario repeated itself for the Greek frigate Navarinon and the Cypriot patrol vessels Ioannides and Thiseas . On April 7, the various navies joined together for this coordinated rescue exercise. This last exercise was notably part of the Quadripartite Initiative (QUAD), a multilateral initiative common to France, the Strike, Italy and the Republic of Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean (MEDOR). Under the direction of the JRCC in Larnaca, the QUAD was thus able to verify and consolidate its capacities in terms of coordination and joint implementation of its resources off the coast of Cyprus.
Finalized by a tactical evolution session, this combined exercise between the members of the QUAD is an example of the regular cooperation which is maintained between these European nations which work for security in MEDOR.