Sri Lanka air force conducts training exercise over Jaffna

Sri Lanka’s Air Force (SLAF) conducted training exercises move Valvettithurai in Jaffna on Friday.

A sea rescue exercise was undertaken on the beach of Valvettithurai, with helicopters flying over the Jaffna peninsula.
May 14, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) demonstrated a rescue operation in northern seas as part of its Air Sea Rescue (ASR) refresher exercise at Valvettithurai sea area on Friday.
The Air Force displayed the use of helicopters to rescue people in distress at sea when a naval craft or an aircraft met with an accident at sea. The exercise was held on the beach of Valvettithurai.
Air-Sea-Rescue (ASR) refers to the combined use of aircraft and surface vessels to search for and rescue survivors of aircraft downed at sea as well as seafarers in distress. Hence, the demonstration and training would be beneficial for both the rescue troops and Civilians in North, the SLAF said.

The training exercise was conducted by the No. 7 Helicopter Squadron at SLAF Base Hingurakgoda. Life savers and boats from the Sri Lanka Navy also joined with the SLAF rescue team during the exercise. Sri Lanka Army, Navy, Police, Coast Guard and the District Secretariat in Point Pedro have lent their assistance to the program.
The SLAF rescue team has conducted many search and rescue operations to save lives of flood victims and fishermen whose boats capsized due to the gale force winds experienced in the sea.

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