A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, titled “CYFRA-02/18” was conducted on Monday, 03rd of April 2018, near the coast of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) and France.
The exercise was 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 «AQUITAINE» and Fast Patrol Boat AMMOCHOSTOS of the Navy Command of National Guard and air assets (helicopters of Cyprus Police Aviation Unit) of the RoC 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 in ships or platforms”, resulting the immediate implementation of the Cyprus National SAR Plan “NEARCHOS” by the JRCC Larnaca in order to confront the situation.
In the framework of the preparation of the exercise, on March 9th 2018, delegation of the French Frigate «AQUITAINE» visited the JRCC Larnaca Headquarters. The visit took place in the framework of the upcoming Search and Rescue Exercise between the Republic of Cyprus and the French Republic, “SAREX CYPFRA 02/18”.
The delegates were briefed by the Deputy Commander of the JRCC, Lieutenant Commander Demetris Kasinis, on the organization, operation of the centre while the final Pre-Ops meeting took place.
SAREX “CYFRA-02/18” is the second 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.