U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Air Force practice airlift ops near Tybee Island

Southeastern Coast Guard News
TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. — Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Air Force spent Thursday morning together practicing airlift rescue techniques near Tybee Island.

The joint-service training is a collaboration between the partner agencies to share knowledge and alternative methods for conducting similar operations.

The session began with rescue basket training on the stern of Station Tybee Island’s 41-foot Utlity Boat. Crewmembers practiced receiving the basket from the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and guiding it back up using three different methods. A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah and two Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technicians from 424 (Search and Rescue/Transport) Squadron, based in Trenton, Ontario, were aboard the UTB to witness the evolutions.

Following the basket drills, the rescue swimmer and the SAR techs entered the water together and conducted multiple hoists from the water into the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. A Canadian Air Force helicopter crew watched the hoists from a safe distance aboard the Canadian aircraft.

The SAR techs are halfway through their two-week visit to Air Station Savannah and will conduct several more exercises with U.S. Coast Guardsmen before returning to Canada.

Friday’s practice also fulfills several training requirements for the Coast Guard air and boat crews, which must train frequently to remain proficient at their crafts and to be prepared to respond to maritime emergencies.

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician watches from the water, and a Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew watches from its helicopter as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Canadian SAR techs from 424 (Search and Rescue/Transport) Squadron, based in Trenton, Ontario, are spending two weeks at Air Station Savannah as part of an ongoing collaboration between the agencies to share knowledge and witness alternative methods for conducting similar operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician watches from the water, and a Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew watches from its helicopter as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

 TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician (far right) watches from the water as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Canadian SAR techs from 424 (Search and Rescue/Transport) Squadron, based in Trenton, Ontario, are spending two weeks at Air Station Savannah as part of an ongoing collaboration between the agencies to share knowledge and witness alternative methods for conducting similar operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician (far right) watches from the water as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - Coast Guard boatcrew members from Station Tybee Island, Ga., practice rescue operations with a helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah during training near Tybee Island Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. During the training, the crews practiced lowering and hoisting the helicopter's rescue basket. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

Coast Guard boatcrew members from Station Tybee Island, Ga., practice rescue operations with a helicopter crew from Air Station Savannah during training near Tybee Island Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - A Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew watches from its helicopter as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Canadian search and rescue technicians from 424 (Search and Rescue/Transport) Squadron, based in Trenton, Ontario, are spending two weeks at Air Station Savannah as part of an ongoing collaboration between the agencies to share knowledge and witness alternative methods for conducting similar operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew watches from its helicopter as a U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., is lowered into the water during hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. - A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician conduct hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., with the crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Canadian SAR techs from 424 (Search and Rescue/Transport) Squadron, based in Trenton, Ontario, are spending two weeks at Air Station Savannah as part of an ongoing collaboration between the agencies to share knowledge and witness alternative methods for conducting similar operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen)

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, Ga., and a Royal Canadian Air Force Search and Rescue technician conduct hoist training near Tybee Island, Ga., with the crew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Savannah Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Jorgensen

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