Today, the recovery of isolated personnel using a
wide range of air assets usually takes place in a multi-national environment. in order to be efficient,
effective and successful, conducting recovery missions composed of team members and equipment from different
nations requires continuous training.
From 23 May until 7 June, the European Personnel Recovery Center (EPRC) held this year's Air-centric Personnel
Recovery Operatives Course APROC at the Dutch Main Operating Base of Gilze-Rijen.
The primary aim of APROC is to educate and train:
- Aircrews that have little or no experience in planning and conducting complex missions
based on a PR scenario. Complex as in multinational, multi-ship, dissimilar type aircraft;
- Experienced pilots to become Rescue Mission Commander through learning to lead the planning
and execution of complex missions and brief and de-brief the mission to the task-force
and higher commander;
- Extraction Forces leadership to fully participate in the planning of complex missions based on a
personnel recovery scenario.
The secondary aim is to educate and train:
- Airborne Early Warning crews to become proficient as Airborne Mission Coordinator;
- Rescue Escort crews to act as proficient On Scene Commander;
- Extraction Forces to apply standards to recover isolated personnel and provide medical care to them as required.
AS.555AN, EH05.067, France, RESCORT
NH-90 NFH, 33 FL, France, extraction vehicle
AH-64D, 301 Sqn, The Netherlands, RESCORT
AS.532U2, 300 Sqn, The Netherlands, extraction vehicle
CH-47D/F, 298 Sqn, The Netherlands, extraction vehicle
MI-24V, 56.BLT, Poland, RESCORT
AS.332B, 803 Esc, Spain, extraction vehicle
Merlin HC.4, 845 NAS, Great Britain, extraction vehicle
EF2000, 4° Stormo, Italy, RESCORT
HH-101A, 15° Stormo, Italy, extraction vehicle
UH-101A, 1° Grupelicot, Italy, extraction vehicle
Gulfstream E-550A, 14° Stormo, Italy, airborne mission coordination
Hkp.16a, 2. Hkpskv, Sweden, extraction vehicle
F-16AM, 312 Sqn, The Netherlands, external asset