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Polish AF Officers Get Familiarised with Rescue Capacity in Lithuania

On 11 May representatives of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre of SE Oro navigacija visited the LAF Air Base in Šiauliai where they familiarised the Polish Air Force officers, who started the air policing mission in Lithuania, with Lithuania’s rescue capacity in the event of an aircraft accident or emergency.

It is a familiarisation event, which is traditionally organised by Oro navigacija’s representatives every time when new NATO Air Policing Mission officers arrive.

Chief of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre Vytautas Vaižmužis has presented the activities of the centre, and reported on Lithuania’s rescue capacity in the event of a fighter in distress.

At a meeting with representatives of airports and rescue services, the actions foreseen and to be taken in case of a fighter or aircraft in distress were also considered. Potential non-standard situations, which may occur during the air policing mission, were discussed as well.

The Polish officers have familiarised representatives of Oro navigacija, and other participants of the meeting, with Polish fighters F-16 deployed in Šiauliai Air Base and advised on how assisting the pilots of fighters in an emergency landing should take place.

ARCC operates round-the-clock, receiving signals from aircraft or ships in distress or involved in accident, the Vilnius Area Control Centre, the Coordination Centre in Norway as well as from other legal and natural persons. In accordance with a predetermined scheme, the centre shall inform other search and rescue services operating in Lithuania on the accident taken place and shall organise rescue operations.

In conformity with the interstate agreements on search and rescue, the neighbouring states have commissioned themselves to assist one another. In the event of an accident on the borderline section, the coordination centres of respective states mobilise forces for search and rescue operations.

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