Last Updated: February 10, 2016
|A RCAF CH-149 Cormorant SAR Helicopter. (Undated DND Photo)|
Unlike many other nations, Canada's areal search and rescue is not conducted by the Coast Guard, but by the RCAF; largely for budgetary reasons. The aerial Search and Rescue (SAR) is conducted by the RCAF using CH-149 Cormorant helicopters and Fixed-Wing CC-115 Buffalo aircraft.
103 Search and Rescue Squadron is located at 9 wing Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador. Members from 103 Squadron are deployed to Iceland from the 9-12 of February 2016.
Training will involve multiple scenarios with the Canadian CH-149 Cormorant, the Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor, and the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue also known as ICE-SAR.
|Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Thor (Photo: Naval-Technology)|
The RCAF released the following images after the exercise concluded. More images can be seen here
CH-149 Cormorant helicopter to perform a mountain rescue scenario during a
Joint SAR Exercise held in Iceland on February 10, 2016.
|CH-149 Cormorant helicopter hoist Sergeant Sean Daniell with a member from the Iceland Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) and his dog Joey in Neskaupstadur, Iceland during a Joint SAR Exercise on February 9, 2016.|