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The international humanitarian obligation of SAR (Search And Rescue) in the North Atlantic area assigned to Portugal is performed by the Portuguese Navy (and Air Force), because there isnt any civilian SAR service nor a Coast Guard (see my previous post).
During 1987-89 I served in the corvette NRP Afonso Cerqueira (F488). So, I took part in a lot of SAR operations both in Azores and mainland Portugal seas, usually under stormy weather and very rough sea. Most SOS calls were yachts in distress (who venture in dangerous transatlantic crossings) and fishing boats that get some trouble or even shipwreck. But there were also other types of emergencies, such as taking a suddenly ill person from a merchant ship to the nearest hospital. Once in a while there is also the intrepid windsurfer that gets out of control and goes too much offshore...
Often the Air Force co-operate with the Navy on maritime SAR. In this picture, aboard NRP Afonso Cerqueira, an Air Force Puma helicopter gets someone to or from the ship (these corvettes have no landing deck for such helicopters). Nowadays the Portuguese Navy has already the Lynx Mk 95 helicopters (click for a Gon蓷lo (bluejeans)s photo), that operate and land on the bigger frigates.
For a complete view of the corvette: Click here.
See also a picture of an Air Force SAR C-130H aircraft in a newer photo (2007).
[The photo was shot somewhere offshore of the Portuguese western coast, certainly within the Puma's range, but Im not sure where; so, I put the location in Lisbon. Scanned from a paper print.]

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