October 03, 2016 11:00 ET
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2016) - National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces
From October 3 to 7, 17 Wing Winnipeg's 435 "Chinthe" Transport and Rescue Squadron will conduct its annual search and rescue (SAR) training exercise (called CHINTHEX), within the vicinity of Lethbridge, Alta.
SAR squadrons with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) are responsible for maintaining a capability to conduct a major search away from their home locations. A major search would be initiated if preliminary search efforts for a missing aircraft, vessel or person in distress were unsuccessful. To maintain their proficiencies and be ready for a major SAR event, SAR crews conduct regular training, like CHINTHEX.
The specific scenarios involved in this exercise are designed to be as realistic as possible enabling personnel to practice for missions they may encounter when responding to an actual SAR call. As such, it is expected that there will be low-altitude flying, equipment drops from the back of aircraft and the parachuting of rescue personnel into designated areas.
"17 Wing is committed to providing Canadians with fast and effective search and rescue whenever they need it, wherever they need it. Exercises like CHINTHEX help to ensure that our personnel are ready for the many different situations that they are likely to come across in a real search and rescue situation." - Colonel Andrew Cook, 17 Wing Commanding Officer
435 Transport and Rescue Squadron
Search and Rescue in Canada
Trenton Search and Rescue Region
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA)
Lieutenant Graeme Scott1 Canadian Air Division Public Affairs Officer(204)-229-3649Graeme.Scott@forces.gc.caMedia RelationsDepartment of National Defence613-996-2353Toll-Free: firstname.lastname@example.org
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