Coastal Rescue Training
The training comprised day and night operations. They carried out several rescue procedures over the Pacific Ocean to improve overall rescue skills, both on land and in the air, and on the sea.
“We fired moving targets trailed behind a boat while flying above the ocean,” said Capt. Dylan Foley of the United States Air Force. “Our crews used weaponry techniques to see how we might improve our ability to take out hostile forces while still safeguarding the survivor we were picking up.” We also investigated the effectiveness of search and signaling equipment such as radios, mirrors, flares, and smokes at various ranges and heights of the aircraft.”
The 48th RQS provided pararescuemen on the water and in the air and survival, escape, resistance, and evasion troops who acted as survivors in an unknown environment.
“Our activities started with a SERE Airman in a one-man life raft using the various signaling devices that a downed pilot would have,” said Staff Sgt. Dakota Dennis of the 55th RQS special missions unit. “We then sent pararescuemen into the sea from our plane and pulled them back up with the survivor.”
Contested maritime training increases the 48th and 55th RQS’ preparedness by giving them the experience they need to undertake over-water rescues in a variety of scenarios and against a variety of opponents.
“This training provides us with genuine maritime operations experience for when we have to rescue a downed pilot,” Dennis remarked. “Because we mimic facing a real-world foe who is moving against our lone survivor in the sea, it trains us to embark on real-world rescues.” Our job is to neutralize that danger, capture him, and hand him over to friendly troops.”
The 563rd Rescue Group, which comprises the 48th and 55th RQS, stays well-trained to respond efficiently when the cry for aid comes.
Foley explained, “Our overarching goal is combat search and rescue.” “Every other aviator in the air has our support.” They have faith in our abilities to properly pick them up and return them to safety if something goes wrong with their assignment.”
The skills of the 563rd Rescue Group provide a safety net for pilots in difficult situations.
“At the end of the day, the Air Force must maintain air supremacy,” Dennis explained. “Knowing that they have committed personnel out there to come to collect them increases morale and keeps the mission going when things go wrong, or a pilot is shot down.”
The 563rd RQG is always ready to save the day. They substantially increased their ability to respond to those missions successfully, despite the opponents, so that others may live by undergoing disputed maritime training.