Joint aeronautical Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) was conducted on Wednesday 8th July 2020 in the sea area south of Limassol, Cyprus with the participation of assets and personnel from Greece, Cyprus, France and Italy.

In particular Greece participated with the Frigate HS KANARIS and  Cyprus with  Patrol Ships TSOMAKIS, GEORGIOU and AMMOCHOSTOS, the offshore ship IOANNIDIS,  helicopters from  the Air Force Command of the General Staff of the National Guard and Air Operations Unit of the Police, and furthermore with assets (the Shuttle THESEAS) from the Port and Naval Police of Cyprus and the Research and Rescue Coordination Center. Additionally, France participated with Frigate ACONIT and Italy with Frigate ALPINO along with their helicopters.

The aim of this exercise, which was scheduled and coordinated by the General Staff of the National Guard in collaboration with the General Staffs of National Defense from the participating countries, was the training of the participants in Search and Rescue missions (SAR), as well as the enhancement of the level of cooperation among them.