Cyprus and France conduct joint Search and Rescue Exercise off coast

Cyprus and France conducted on Tuesday a joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise near the coast of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and Personnel of the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) and France.

According to an announcement by the Ministry of Defence, the exercise CYFRA-02/18 was conducted within the framework of cooperation between the two countries, aiming at handling Search and Rescue incidents or emergency situations 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 National Guard’s Navy Command and helicopters of the Cyprus Police Aviation Unit of the Republic of Cyprus 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, it is added.

The scenario dealt with a simulated maritime accident in ships or platforms, resulting in the immediate implementation of the Cyprus National SAR Plan NEARCHOS by the JRCC Larnaca in order to tackle the situation.

SAREX CYFRA-02/18 is the second exercise for 2018, conducted within the framework of the long-lasting cooperation between the JRCC Larnaca (which represents the SAR system of the Republic of Cyprus) and the French Navy, the announcement concludes.

Source: Cyprus News Agency