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'Tuskers of the Sky' Conducts Maritime Search and Rescue Operation with Sri Lanka Navy

Published on: 1:00pm on Tuesday 8th October 2019
'Tuskers of the Sky' Conducts Maritime Search and Rescue Operation with Sri Lanka Navy
The Sri Lanka Air Force conducted a simulated Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) operation by utilizing a MI 17 trooper version helicopter in collaboration with Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (07 October 2019).

This simulated offshore hoist operation was conducted at 25 to 30 nautical miles off the coast West of Kerawalapitiya with Sri Lanka Navy ship 'Parakramabahu' for the first time by utilizing a Sri Lanka Air Force Helicopter.  Commanding Officer No 06 Squadron Wing Commander WWNTP Ferando coordinated this operation. 

Maritime Search and Rescue operation refers to the combined use of aircraft and surface vessels to search for and rescue survivors of aircraft downed at sea as well as seafarers in distress.

The Sri Lanka Air Force rescue team has conducted many search and rescue operations to save lives of flood victims and fishermen capsized due to the gale force winds experienced in the sea. Apart from that, Sri Lanka Air Force surveillance aircraft facilitate the rescue of survivors by directing surface vessels with quick and accurate references.

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