Royal Canadian Air Force joins forces with Coast Guard units in Savannah, Ga.

7th Coast Guard District NewsSAVANNAH, Ga. — Saving lives at sea often transcends zip codes.

For the last two weeks, Coast Guard Air Station Savannah hosted members from the 424th Transportation and Rescue Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a way to strengthen international partnerships and exchange search-and-rescue techniques.

The training also enabled the Trenton, Ontario, based squadron to operate search-and-rescue tactics in the maritime domain. During the winter months, search-and-rescue training on the water is nearly impossible as waterways within Canada are frozen over.

The 424th Squadron’s search and rescue responsibility includes parts of the Great Lakes region, most of the Quebec Province, all of Ontario Province and the entire Arctic.

The Canadians contacted Air Station Savannah last fall looking for an opportunity to seize the warm climate of Savannah and participate within a joint-training environment utilizing small boat assets at Coast Guard Station Tybee Island and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

“We immediately recognized this as a great opportunity to not only build on the great partnerships that already exists between the two countries, but to also exchange ideas and see different ways of doing the search-and-rescue business,” said Lt. j.g. Chris Tamburello.

Back at home base, the 424th frequently partners with the Coast Guard during search and rescue cases that are beyond the immediate response range on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie in support of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit and Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y.

“We do work with the Coast Guard quite a bit, so this is another opportunity for our new guys to see the Coast Guard during the winter months…because they will work with the Coast Guard in the future,” said Capt. Pawel Beinkowski, Royal Canadian Air Force.

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