On 10.07.2013 a composite field exercise of both sea and shore forces of the state enterprise Marine Search and Rescue Service took place. The exercise involved the multipurpose vessel (mpv) Alexandr Okhrimenko and SAR speedboat PRK-04.
As per the exercise plans, a sham distress alert was received by the State Marine Rescue Coordination Centre in Odessa (SMRCC), presumably as from the area of 7 nm from Sarych Cape in the Crimea. The search object was presumably a liferaft for 15 persons. The Marine Rescue Coordination Sub-Centre (MRSC) in Sevastopol was assigned as SAR Mission Coordinator (SMC).
The duty shift of the MRSC calculated the estimated search area and likely subareas. The details and relevant search diagrams were sent to Masters of the SAR vessels by special radio facilities. The ETA of the SAR units at the search area was calculated, the priority defined and On-scene SAR Coordinator (OSC) appointed.
The field exercise taken by MSRS had the objectives as follows;
- to check preparedness of the facilities, sea and shore technical aids to the SAR operations conduct;
- to check the communication arrangements and action of its elements, including the Global Maritime Distress And Safety System (GMDSS);
- to check response and efficiency of the MRSC Sevastopol personnel regarding the notification and coordination of the SAR facilities in case of distress at the sea;
- to check the systems and machinery of the SAR vessels at sea and in various operational modes;
- to drill cooperation of SAR crews in the course of a SAR operation.
The SAR mission was over at 13.30 successfully.
Upon the mission’s completion, the speedboat took the order to approach the mpv A. Okhrimenko to board the rescued and render medical assistance to them. The mpv A. Okhrimenko headed towards the PRK-04 and finally admitted the rescued aboard. The injured received medical assistance along with the Telemedical Assistance Service from shore (TMAS) drill
The completion of search was reported to Duty Captain-Coordinator of SMRCC.
Upon the mission’s completion, mpv A. Okhrimenko and PRK-04 proceeded to the port of Sevastopol to their deployment sites.
In the course of the field exercise there were employed corresponding technical facilities of satellite communicationis, as well as drilled some terms of communications with the facilities of Coast Guard of State Border Service.