SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 2 (CRS) conducted a casualty evacuation (CASEVAC) and lift training with the “Island Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 in Apra Harbor May 8.
This training allowed the two commands a chance to integrate sea and air capabilities in order to train for real-world time-critical scenarios.
“The training with HSC 25 allows us to be better prepared,” said Lt. Adam Rozell, Patrol Officer CRS 2. “This allows us to be able to transfer any casualty back to the nearest hospital for treatment.”
Rozell added, “This training gives us the capability to work with other assets, this case a helicopter, to go out and conduct search and rescue operations, and rescue and assistance outside our normal operating area.”
Training with different commands and different specialties allows for a better well-rounded navy to face any future foe.
“We are able to prove our capabilities to each other which enhances our trust and ability to train in the future.” said Lt. Chris Meyer, Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 training officer.
Meyer added that, “An integrated fight will include traditional air and surface asset but will also pull in more specialized units, such as CRG-1, and use them in unconventional ways.”
“It was really great training,” said Rozell. “All three of the Mark VI patrol boat crews had several opportunities to raise and lower the litter while the helicopter was over head, we got a lot of good training with this evolution.”
This type of training allows Sailors the opportunity to see, understand, and participate in mission evolutions they may be called on to support in the future.
“This type of hands-on training is important because it allows the crew members the opportunity to see and participate in the evolution,” said Gunner’s Mate 2nd Conrad Mayo, Mark VI boat captain.
Mayo added, “The CASEVAC and lift training extends our capabilities to other types of missions.”
CRS-2, assigned to Costal Riverine Group 1, Det. Guam, is capable of conducting maritime security operations across the full spectrum of naval, joint and combined operations. Further, it provides additional capabilities of port security, embarked security, and theater security cooperation around the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.
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