US Coast Guard Trains with Canadian Navy


08/26/2015: A helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne, Mass., trained with the Canadian navy Aug. 24, 2015, in Cape Cod Bay.

An aviation survival technician and a public affairs specialist were lowered onto the Canadian Warship HMCS Summerside for a mock medical evacuation.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Mario Estevane entered the ship where the “patient” was strapped to a gurney.

Estevane explained in a real-word medevac he would do his own assessment of the patient and there would be a Coast Guard corpsman onboard for medical support once the patient was aboard the helicopter.


Estevane explained ways to secure a patient and various hoisting techniques employed to get people off of a ship and into our aircraft.


The MH-60 crew piloted the helicopter over the Summerside and lowered a basket.


The Canadian crew watched as Estevane loaded the Coast Guard photographer inside the basket who was hoisted into the helicopter.


After a quick presentation of Summerside hats and a plaque from the warship by the Captain, Estevane connected himself to the hoist hook and was lifted into the helicopter.

Credit: USCG District 1:8/24/15