Italian Smerex 2022: search and rescue exercise concluded in the waters of the Gulf of Taranto

(To Marina Militare)

From 12 to 24 September 2022, in the waters of Ginosa Marina (TA), the Italian Submarine Excape and Rescue Excercise 2022 (Smerex22). The exercise, which was attended by the latest generation submarine Romeo Romei el 'Auxiliary Rescue Ship of the Navy Antaeus, aims to verify the procedures for identifying and rescuing the crew from a damaged submarine placed on the seabed.

Ship Antaeus, on which a team of divers embarks, specializes in supporting underwater operations on deep waters and is equipped with a complete suite of rescue systems including the SRV 300 mini-submarine, the Mc-Cann Rescue Bell and ROV underwater vehicles.

The Submarine Parachute Assistant Group (SPAG), air-launched emergency response unit of comando divers and raiders della Marina, an excellence able to intervene in a few hours throughout the Mediterranean.

The signal of the Submarine Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (SEPIRB), launched by Romei, allowed the submarine command and theNATO's International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO) the identification and identification of the submarine in distress and the activation of the Rescue Forces Coordinator and Dissub Liaison Team of the submarine command, which thus started the rescue operations from the ship Antaeus.