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  • NEWS | 1°/8° GAv - Esquadrão Falcão Força Aérea Brasileira     Brazilian Air Force

    Brazilian Air Force Caracal in Deck Training

    Brazilian Air Force Caracal crews were qualified in search and rescue (SAR) mission in collaboration with the a Navy patrol ship. Brazil is responsible for SAR coverage of a vast area of the Atlantic Ocean


    Brazilian Air Force Caracal in Deck Training

    Forca Aerea Brasileira, August 11, 2020 - NATAL, Rio Grande do Norte by Lt Juliana - The Falcão (Hawk) Squadron (1/8 GAv) part of 10th Wing of the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAB) based out of Parnamirim air base carried out from July 27 to 30 the third ship deck rescue training of this year in partnership with the Brazilian Navy (Marinha do Brasil).

    The mission aimed to qualified crews from the Falcão squadron and the oceanic patrol vessel NPaOc Araguari in the search and rescue (SAR) alert service.

    On the 27th and 28th of July, the training was first carried out on the grass runway of 10th Wing. On the 29th and 30th, a deck rescue simulation was successfully performed by the EC725 Caracal (named H-36 in Brazilian service) helicopter aboard the Araguari off the coast of Natal where the crews practiced vertical replenishment of cargo (VERTREP) and the transfer of personnel or cargo through the helicopter's winch (pick-up).

    In addition to the Araguari crew, personnel from four other ships under the command of the 3rd Naval District which covers the states of Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Paraíba, Pernambuco and Alagoas were also qualified.

    The search and rescue missions carried out by the FAB take place over the entire national territory, over the territorial sea and also in a wide area of ​​international waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to international treaties, Brazil is responsible for such missions in an area of ​​more than 22 million km², almost three times the country's territorial extension (of 8.5 million km²).

    Vital preparation for the success of any mission is the operational training of the crews. For this, doctrine and training are the responsibility of the Readiness Command (Comando de Preparo, COMPREP). As an Operational Command, COMPREP is responsible for setting efficiency standards, planning training and evaluating the performance of subordinate units, based on the capabilities defined by the Air Force Commander.

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