Search and Rescue

Canadian helicopter crash confirmed

The Department of National Defence and NATO confirmed 30 April that an RCAF Sikorsky CH-148 Cyclone helicopter serving with a NATO task force in the Mediterranean had crashed the previous evening. Greek media say that it had taken off from the frigate HMCS Fredericton with up six persons and that one body had been recovered. NATO has not released crew details but DND says it has contracted all “primary family” members of those who were aboard.” [node:read-more:link]

Canada receives new search and rescue aircraft

The RCAF marked the arrival of the first aircraft of its future fixed-wing search and rescue fleet. The new fleet will be called Kingfisher. The CC-295 Kingfisher fleet will be based at four locations across Canada, in Comox, Trenton, Greenwood, and Winnipeg. The aircraft will arrive in phases as crews are trained in turn at each location. [node:read-more:link]

Orbital tech has broad application

Capella Space Corp. has released the design for a new satellite which would use synthetic aperture radar to provide imagery regardless of weather or cloud cover, unlike other platforms with optical sensors. The San Francisco-based startup’s technology is expected to provide valuable data not only to natural disaster and search and rescue responders but also the military and intelligence communities. [node:read-more:link]

Multi-agency maritime disaster training completed

The Gulf Islands were the site of a simulated ferry evacuation with the JTFP of the CAF coordinating search and rescue operations in a large-scale, on-water exercise. The exercise is jointly managed by the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Coast Guard with coordination through the JRCC involving both air coordination by the CAF and marine rescue coordination by the Canadian Coast Guard. [node:read-more:link]


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