A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, titled “CYFRA-01/18” was conducted on Monday, 29th of January 2018, near the coast of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel from the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) and France.
The exercise is conducted within the framework of cooperation development, aiming the successful confrontation of Search and Rescue incidents or emergency situations that might arise during operations within the Exclusive Economic Zone and the Search and Rescue Region of the Republic of Cyprus.
The French Frigate «JEAN DE VIENNE» and air assets of the RoC (helicopters of Cyprus Police Aviation Unit) took 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 Navy.
The scenario dealt with a simulated “Maritime Accident”, resulting the immediate implementation of the Cyprus National SAR Plan “NEARCHOS” by the JRCC Larnaca in order to confront the situation.
SAREX “CYFRA-01/18” is the first exercise for 2018, conducted within the framework of a long-lasting cooperation, between the JRCC Larnaca (which represents the SAR system of the Republic of Cyprus) and the French Navy.