Maritime Patrol and Search and Rescue
On the modern battlefield, information, particularly accurate and timely information, is vital to any force commander. To supply this resource, the RAF operates a variety of aircraft equipped with world-leading reconnaissance systems. As a maritime nation, protection of the sea lanes is also of paramount importance.
Search and Rescue (SAR)
The SAR Squadrons provide cover around the UK and the Falkland Islands throughout each year and are equipped to fly in all weathers. The SAR fleet of Sea Kings are fitted with a video/infrared detection pod, which is similar to the equipment used by police helicopters, to help search for casualties. The SAR Squadrons' primary role is to rescue downed military aircrew but, spend the majority of their time assisting the civilian emergency services searching for and rescuing civilians in distress. Searches and rescues can range from mountaineers who have fallen to sailors who are suffering illness in the Atlantic to overland rescues such as during the Gloucester floods in 2007.
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