The SAREX focused on daylight search and rescue (SAR) operations, deck-landings with SAR helicopters, and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) drills from Gunston Hall’s flight deck.

The exercise began with the Cyprus Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC Larnaca) receiving a simulated distress call from Gunston Hall requesting MEDEVAC for two injured Sailors. AW-139 rescue helicopters assigned to Cyprus’ 460 SAR Squadron and the Cyprus Police Aviation Unit were dispatched in response.

The SAREX aims at improving personnel and rescue units’ capabilities and readiness while responding to potential SAR missions and other humanitarian operations within the Republic of Cyprus region and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean. […]