The Situation In The Eastern Mediterranean (Part 8)
18 Apr 2013 4 Comments
The Russian ship movements have stolen the show from the actions in Eastern Mediterranean. So it is time again to focus to that region.
Today between 9.00 and 13:00 the French Navy conducted a search and rescue exercise with Cyprus. The Cassard class, destroyer D-615 FS Jean Bart took part in the exercise. From Cyprus two AW -139 helicopters of the National Guard and the Police as well as a Navy vessel and a patrol boat have taken part, including the medical unit of the Larnaca Civil Defence rescue team, according to Farmagusta Gazette.
The French destroyer is scheduled to conduct a port visit in Novorossiysk from 23 to 26 April. Thus I believe she is heading north as you are reading this post.
Next week there will be another search and rescue exercise roughly in the same area.
The Ministry of Defense in Cyprus announced that in the context of the cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and the State of Israel in matters of search and rescue within the Exclusive Economic Zone and the areas of responsibility for search and rescue of the two countries, a joint search and rescue exercise will take place on April 23.
The exercise will be carried out in a marine area southwest of the Cypriot city of Limassol.
On the Cypriot side, patrol vessels of the Cyprus Port and Marine Police and of the Cyprus Navy, search and rescue helicopters of the Police and the Aviation of Cyprus, as well as the Medical Rescue Teams of the Cyprus Civil Defense and of the Medical and Nursing Services will participate in the exercise.
On the side of Israel, five ships of the Israeli Navy will participate in the exercise.
The exercise has been planned by a joint design team and is coordinated by the Search and Rescue Center in Larnaca, in cooperation with its counterpart in Haifa
I am glad to see that despite the recent economical troubles, Cyprus can find the needed resources to conduct these exercises.