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16-12-2022 08:34

Joint Search and Rescue Exercise «CYPUSA 01/22»

A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, titled «CYPUSA 01/22» was conducted yesterday, within the Search and Rescue Region of the Republic of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel from the Republic of Cyprus and the USA.

The US Navy Helo «MH-60S» of MSC-28 from Sigonella, the fast patrol boat «THISEAS» of Cyprus Port and Marine Police, the FBP «TSOMAKIS» of the Cyprus Navy, and a helicopter from 460 SQN of the National Guard participated in both day and night SAREX scenarios under the operational control and coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaka, in close cooperation with the US Navy. Specialized registered nurses of the State Health Services participated in the exercise on board the SAR units.

The exercise was part of the wider framework of cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the USA in SAR-related matters and humanitarian operations in general in the South-East Mediterranean region.