When it comes to the ‘business end’ of SAR Operations it is the Operators who are ultimately tasked with delivering mission successes or failures. In order to give those at risk and those performing the mission the best possible chance, it is essential that the platforms and supplementary capabilities that are deployed are effective. Within the context of modern Coast Guard operations these are often private organisations, contracted to provide their helicopter services to Governmental organisations when required. It is within this context and with great pleasure that we will host this Maritime SAR Operations panel discussion, allowing us explore the issues at the heart of this high-risk mission from the perspective of those flying the missions.
Panellists will discuss:
· What are the most challenging capability gaps currently being faced by Maritime SAR Operators?
· Where can improvements be made to the relationship between Operators, Governments and Industry in order to ensure that expectations have the best chance of being met?
· How can existing technologies support a surface picture which matches the diversity of the threat?
Richard Parkes CBE
HM Coastguard (2012-2019)