The biennial Search and Rescue (SAR) exercise called BRIGHT EYE, involving SAR facilities of eight NATO countries, was held during 2002 in three areas of the NATO NavNorth Command and adjacent waters. The Exercise is designed to test the Search and Rescue collaboration procedures with neighbouring NATO and Partner countries and to test the means of communication between Rescue Co-ordination Centres (RCCs). The Exercise is divided into three independent parts:
NORTH - Conducted in and around the northern part of the Norwegian Sea and the waters adjacent to Iceland and Greenland. This part was planned for 15-16 April (alternate 18-19 April), 16 May (alternate 17 May ), 21-22 May (alternate 22-23 May), 23 May(alternate 24 May 2002)
MIDDLE - Conducted in and around the northern part of the North Sea and the southern part of the Norwegian Sea and Skagerak. This part was planned for 14-16 May 2002.
SOUTH - Conducted in and around the middle and southern part of the North Sea, and the western part of the Baltic Sea. This part was planned for 14 May (alternate 16 May 2002)
Search and Rescue units from the following NATO member countreis participated: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and United States elements stationed in Iceland will participate. Units from on Partner country, Sweden, will also participate.
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