A joint Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, titled “CYPΙΤ-01/19” was held on Friday 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 Italy.

The Italian Ship «ITS ETNA», a helicopter from 460 SQN of Air Command participated in the Aeronautical SAR Exercise under the operational control and coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaca, in close cooperation with the Italian Navy, a JRCC says.

Specialized registered nurses of the State Health Services also participated in the exercise boarding the SAR units, it is added.

The scenario dealt with a simulated “Maritime Accident” which led to the implementation of the Cyprus National SAR Plan “NEARCHOS” by the JRCC Larnaca in order to confront the situation.

This was the first exercise on SAR matters between assets of the Republic of Cyprus and the Italian Navy in 2019, the announcement concludes.

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