Newsroom / CNA
Cyprus and France held a joint Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise on Tuesday off the coast of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and personnel of the Republic of Cyprus and France. The French frigate 'Auvergne' also took part in the drill.
According to an announcement by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaca, the exercise, titled CYFRA-01/20 is the first to be conducted in 2020, as part of the long-lasting SAR cooperation between the Republic of Cyprus and France’s aerial and naval forces, which are active in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The aim is to deal with Search and Rescue incidents or other potential emergency situations within the exclusive economic zone and the Search and Rescue region of the Republic of Cyprus.
French Frigate 'Auvergne' and its Air Asset, a Helicopter of 460 SAR Squadron and Fast Patrol Boat 'Onisilos' took part in the SAR exercise under the operational control and coordination of JRCC Larnaca, in close cooperation with the French Navy. 'Auvergne' accompanies the French aircraft carrier 'Charles de Gaulle' which is currently operating in the Eastern Mediterranean.