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Flotilla 054-03-03
 Kilmarnock, Virginia

 

 

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ARCHIVE

RAPPAHANNOCK "10" ACCIDENT - 05JUL10

 

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MEMBER TRAINING ARCHIVE

 

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CG 25837, AUX 22598, AUX 27137, & AUXAIR 69506 COMBINE FOR

3-BOAT SURFACE/AIR SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING ON THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER ON 19APR12

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AUX 25598 WITH CREW (L TO R) DON GALLAGHER, ROY SHEPPARD, OWEN MCGUILL, IAN DUNCAN, & JOHN TEXTER.

 

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DAVID POPE (L) & ANDY ERNST (R) ABOARD AUX 27137 PREPARE A MOCK DEBRIS FIELD FOR THE SURFACE/AIR SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING WITH AUXAIR 69506. NOT PICTURED ARE WALLY DAWSON & JIM THOMAS.

 

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AUXAIR 69506 ARRIVES OVER THE RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER WITH FRANK SATKO, JIM STACK, KEN MASON, & LARRY BYERS ABOARD.

 

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AUX 27137 TAKES CG 25837 IN STERN TOW. DAVID POPE (L) & ANDY ERNST (R) TEND THE TOW LINE.

 

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ANDY ERNST (L) & DAVIS POPE (R) WATCH THE TOW.

 

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AUX 27137 WITH CG 25837 IN STERN TOW AS SEEN FROM AUXAIR 69506.

 

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AUX 27137 PREPARES TO TAKE CG 25837 IN ALONGSIDE TOW.

 

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ANDY ERNST (L) OBSERVES THE LINE HOOKUP WITH WALLY DAWSON (R) FORWARD.

 

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AUX 25598 (ABOVE) OBSERVES AUX 27137 WITH CG 25837 IN ALONGSIDE TOW AS SEEN FROM AUXAIR 69506.

 

NOTE: THERE ARE SEVERE PENALTIES FOR THE IMPROPER USE OF FLARES. FALSELY INDICATING DISTRESS NOT ONLY CARRIES A SEVERE PENALTY, BUT CAN ALSO WASTE TIME & RESOURCES, POSSIBLY EVEN WEAKENING THE ABILITY TO RESPOND TO A REAL EMERGENCY.  FLARES SHOULD NOT BE USED UNLESS AN EMERGENCY EXISTS, EVEN DURING 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS. SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS GRANTS THE COAST GUARD & AUXILIARY PERMISSION TO USE FLARES FOR A LIMITED SPECIFIED TIME DURING TRAINING EVOLUTIONS.

 

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BM2 JASON LEE (L) & BM3 ROBERTO IABONI (R) IGNITE HANDHELD FLARES TO SIGNAL AUXAIR 69506.

 

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THE FLARES IGNITED ABOARD AUX 27137 AS SEEN FROM AUXAIR 69506.

HANDHELD FLARES ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE DURING THE DAYTIME. FROM THE AIR THEY ARE VISIBLE FOR LESS THAN 1 NAUTICAL MILE.

 

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BM2 JASON LEE (R) IGNITES A SMOKE FLARE ABOARD AUX 27137 WHILE DAVIS POPE (L) IS THE SAFETY WATCH.

 

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SMOKE FLARE IGNITED ABOARD AUX 27137 AS SEEN FROM AUXAIR 69506.

THE SMOKE FLARE IS MUCH EASIER TO SEE IN THE DAYTIME.

 

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A GUN FLARE FIRED FROM AUX 27137 AS SEEN FROM AUXAIR 69506.

THE GUN FLARE IS MUCH EASIER TO SEE THAN THE HANDHELD BUT VERY SHORT IN DURATION.

 

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ANDY ERNST (L) & DAVID POPE (R) TRY SIGNAL MIRRORS TO ATTRACT THE ATTENTION OF AUXAIR 69506.

THE SUCCESS OF THIS SIGNALING DEVICE DEPENDS ON THE POSITION OF THE SUN RELATIVE TO THE AIRCRAFT.

 

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AUX 27137 CIRCLES AN "OSCAR" SIMULATING A PERSON IN THE WATER PRE-POSITIONED PRIOR TO THE SEARCH & RESCUE DRILLS. NOTE HOW SMALL A PERSON IN THE WATER IS AS OBSERVED FROM AN AIRCRAFT.

LIFE JACKETS SHOULD BE BRIGHT COLORS LIKE INTERNATIONAL ORANGE, YELLOW OR RED TO ENHANCE VISIBILITY. DARKER COLORS LIKE BLACK, BLUE, & TEAL BLEND WITH THE SEA WATER AND ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE. CAMOUFLAGE LIFE JACKETS ARE EVEN MORE DIFFICULT.

 

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TRAINING COMPLETE, (L TO R) DAVID POPE, ANDY ERNST, & WALLY DAWSON, RECOVER "OSCAR".

 

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