RCAF Trains with Icelandic Coast Guard
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CH-149 Cormorant from 103 Search and Rescue Squadron deployed to Iceland to train with the Icelandic Coast Guard
Royal Canadian Air Force, February 09, 2016 - Nine Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) personnel of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron from 9 Wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador and a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter are deployed to Iceland to train with the Icelandic Coast Guard from 9-12 February 2016.
Training will involve multiple scenarios with the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor and the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue also known as ICE-SAR.
Training will occurr out of the Icelandic Coast Guard’s base at Reykjavik airport with several activities taking place across the Iceland territory.
“The RCAF’s front-line line SAR professionals have gained significant familiarity with the protocols and associated capabilities of their Icelandic colleagues. In the event that Canada and Iceland are jointly called in response to a SAR mission, our shared experience may be a key factor in saving lives." said Major Jean Leroux, Commanding Officer, 103 Search and Rescue Squadron.
“This exercise has allowed the Icelandic Coast Guard and ICE-SAR to share with our Canadian partners our methods and experiences in overcoming the most challenging environment; the Arctic. We have greatly benefited from this joint exercise and have in our Canadian neighbours a strong partner in executing Arctic search and rescue. This training truly demonstrates the tenant of cooperation essential to our profession. We might be separated by thousands of kilometers but we are joined in our desire to save lives.” said Commander Senior Grade, Audunn Kristinsson, Deputy Chief of Operations, Icelandic Coast Guard
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