Multinational “NEMESIS” exercise to take place in Cyprus EEZ
A large multinational Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise, titled “NEMESIS 2015”, will be conducted for the second consecutive year, on Wednesday, 1st of July, within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Republic of Cyprus, with the participation of SAR Units and personnel from Cyprus, the State of Israel, Greece and the United States of America, as well as SCARABEO-4 Oil Rig of SAIPEM S.p.A. and the support vessels of EDT.
According to an official press release, naval and Air SAR Units from the participating nations will take part in the exercise under the operational control and full coordination of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) Larnaca, in close cooperation with the corresponding Rescue Coordination Centers (RCCs) of Israel (RCC HAIFA), Greece (JRCC Piraeus) and the United States of America (NAVEUR/PRCC, which is based in Naples, Italy).
The main objective of the aeronautical exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean is the planning, preparation and execution of a multinational joint SAR, in order to promote readiness for effective response in SAR missions and other humanitarian operations in the region.
The exercise scenario, which is divided in four phases, deals with a serious accident in open sea, within an area where Oil and Gas Rigs are operating along with their Supporting Vessels.
In particular, training exercises will focus on MEDEVAC and SAR operations, confronting of maritime pollution, asymmetric threats and associated security issues that might arise either on cargo or passenger ships and/or platforms, in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The JRCC and the involved state agencies immediately implement the relevant national plans, in order to confront the incident. In parallel and due to the severity of the incident, the intergovernmental SAR agreements with neighboring and friendly states (Greece, Israel and the USA) are activated.