A press release specifies that the exercise took place within the framework of the defense cooperation program between the two countries and was carried out on the occasion of the presence of the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle” in the eastern Mediterranean. .
The exercise took place in a maritime area of the search and rescue region of the Republic of Cyprus under the coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center.
The rescue helicopters of the French aircraft carrier “Charles de Gaulle”, the patrol vessel “GEORGIOU” of the navy command of the staff of the National Guard, the AW-139 helicopters of the 460 SAR squadron of the command of the NGGS Air Force, as well as nurses from the specialized “MEDEVAC” team of the State Health Services Organization ambulance service participated in the exercise.
The main objective of the exercise was to further improve sustainable cooperation in SAR matters between the RoC and the aeronautical forces of the French Republic as well as to train the crews of the SAR resources in the operational procedures followed during pilot rescue operations. of fighter planes. , after ejection.
SAREX “CYFRA 02/21” is the second cooperation for 2021, while a total of 40 exercises were carried out with the aeronautical forces of the French Republic operating in the Eastern Mediterranean.