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  • NTTP 3-50.1

    1 APR 2009

    NAVY TACTICS, TECHNIQUES, AND PROCEDURES

    NAVY SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) MANUAL

    NTTP 3-50.1

    EDITION APRIL 2009

    DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS

    DISTRIBUTION RESTRICTION: APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE; DISTRIBUTION IS UNLIMITED.

    PRIMARY REVIEW AUTHORITY: HELICOPTER SEA COMBAT SQUADRON THREE

    URGENT CHANGE/ERRATUM RECORD

    NUMBER DATE ENTERED BY

    0411LP1092782

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    PUBLICATION NOTICE ROUTING

    Navy Warfare Library Custodian

    1. NTTP 3-50.1 (APR 2009), NAVY SEARCH AND RESCUE (SAR) MANUAL, is available in the Navy Warfare Library. It is effective upon receipt.

    2. Summary. This manual provides guidance to units assigned SAR responsibilities. It is intended to promote and maintain standardization of SAR procedures, equipment, and techniques within the U.S. Naval forces.

    Navy Warfare Library publications must be made readily available to all users and other interested personnel within the U.S. Navy.

    Note to Navy Warfare Library Custodian

    This notice should be duplicated for routing to cognizant personnel to keep them informed of changes to this publication.

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    CONTENTS

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    CHAPTER 1 AVIATION MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE PROCEDURES

    1.1 MARITIME ENVIRONMENT ................................................................................................ 1-1

    1.2 SEARCH ................................................................................................................................... 1-1

    1.2.1 Search Planning......................................................................................................................... 1-1 1.2.2 SAR Organization ..................................................................................................................... 1-1 1.2.3 Search Brief............................................................................................................................... 1-2 1.2.4 Search Execution....................................................................................................................... 1-2 1.2.5 Survivor Sighting ...................................................................................................................... 1-2 1.2.6 Fixed-Wing Sighting ................................................................................................................. 1-2

    1.3 RESCUE PROCEDURES......................................................................................................... 1-4 1.3.1 Assessing the Rescue Situation ................................................................................................. 1-4 1.3.2 Marking of the Survivors Position........................................................................................... 1-5 1.3.3 Rescue Pattern ........................................................................................................................... 1-5 1.3.4 Multiple Rescue Decision ......................................................................................................... 1-6 1.3.5 Rescue Hover Position .............................................................................................................. 1-6 1.3.6 Rescue Swimmer Deployment .................................................................................................. 1-6 1.3.7 Rescue Swimmer Recovery Procedures.................................................................................... 1-14 1.3.8 Maritime Direct Deployment Procedures.................................................................................. 1-16

    1.4 RESCUE EQUIPMENT RIGGING, DEPLOYMENT AND RECOVERY PROCEDURES......................................................................................................................... 1-21 1.4.1 Rescue Hook ............................................................................................................................. 1-24 1.4.2 Rescue Strop.............................................................................................................................. 1-27 1.4.3 Collapsible Rescue Basket (McCauley Basket) ........................................................................ 1-29 1.4.4 Rescue Net................................................................................................................................. 1-32 1.4.5 Rescue Seat ............................................................................................................................... 1-36 1.4.6 Rescue/Medical Evacuation Litter Procedures.......................................................................... 1-39

    1.5 SURVIVOR FLOTATION IN THE HELICOPTER................................................................ 1-44

    1.6 HELICOPTER LIFE RAFT DEPLOYMENT.......................................................................... 1-45 1.6.1 Uninflated Life Raft Deployment.............................................................................................. 1-46 1.6.2 Inflated Life Raft Deployment .................................................................................................. 1-46

    1.7 HELICOPTER-TO-SHIP PERSONNEL TRANSFER ............................................................ 1-47 1.7.1 Hoisting Vest............................................................................................................................. 1-47 1.7.2 Helicopter-to-Ship Trail-Line Hoisting Procedures .................................................................. 1-48

    1.8 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES ............................................................................................... 1-52

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    1.8.1 Rescue Hoist Failure during a Rescue....................................................................................... 1-52 1.8.2 Jammed Rescue Hoist Procedures............................................................................................. 1-52 1.8.3 Severed Rescue Hoist Cable ..................................................................................................... 1-54 1.8.4 Rigging the Hoist Quick Splice Plate........................................................................................ 1-54

    1.9 AVIATION SAR READINESS CONDITIONS ...................................................................... 1-55 1.9.1 SAR Condition I........................................................................................................................ 1-56 1.9.2 SAR Condition II. ..................................................................................................................... 1-56 1.9.3 SAR Condition III. .................................................................................................................... 1-56 1.9.4 SAR Condition IV..................................................................................................................... 1-56

    CHAPTER 2 SURFACE VESSEL SEARCH AND RESCUE PROCEDURES

    2.1 BASIC FACTORS .................................................................................................................... 2-1 2.1.1 Means of Rescue ....................................................................................................................... 2-1 2.1.2 Surface Ship SAR Responsibility.............................................................................................. 2-1 2.1.3 Decision to Launch Rescue Boat or Conduct Shipboard Recovery .......................................... 2-1

    2.2 SHIPS ORGANIZATION ....................................................................................................... 2-1 2.2.1 Rescue Swimmer....................................................................................................................... 2-3

    2.3 SHIPBOARD PREPARATIONS FOR SAR OPERATIONS .................................................. 2-3 2.3.1 Assessing the Rescue Situation ................................................................................................. 2-4 2.3.2 Cold-Water Operations ............................................................................................................. 2-5 2.3.3 Plane Guard Assignment ........................................................................................................... 2-5

    2.4 SEARCH ................................................................................................................................... 2-6 2.4.1 Search Planning......................................................................................................................... 2-6 2.4.2 Lookouts.................................................................................................................................... 2-6 2.4.3 Daylight Search ......................................................................................................................... 2-6 2.4.4 Night Search.............................................................................................................................. 2-6

    2.5 MARKING OF THE SURVIVORS POSITION..................................................................... 2-6

    2.6 AIR/SURFACE COORDINATION .............................................................