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January 03, 2022

Irish Coast Guard Units Extract Woman Fallen In Castle

13th Century Castle Architects Failed to Foresee Need for Functional Emergency Exits, Helo Egress Required

The Cork City Fire Brigade was recently faced with an unusual rescue, one incapable of extraction without helicopter assistance. Bereft of a suitable aircraft, the brigade turned to the nearby Irish Coast Guard to treat and transport an injured visitor to Ireland's Blarney Castle. The patient, who suffered a fall, incurred non-life-threatening injuries, but could not be safely mobilized downward through the tight corridors of the castle. Stranded in the upper level of the structure, the only viable pathway to safety was upwards. Once Rescue 115 arrived on scene, one of its crewmen descended to package the patient for transport and winch her u

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Navy Completes Unmanned Aircraft Milestone Aboard Aircraft Carrier

Navy Completes Initial Carrier Demo For MQ-25 Program

The Navy completed an Unmanned Carrier Aviation Demonstration (UCAD) of its MQ-25 unmanned air system prototype in December aboard USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77), laying the groundwork for future carrier-based UAS operations. The government team conducted a demonstration aboard the carrier with both ground control system (GCS) and aircraft to evaluate the MQ-25 system’s integration into the carrier environment. “There is no better way to determine the success of a carrier aircraft design and its integration into the air wing then to put that new aircraft through testing at sea,” said Capt. Chad Reed, Unmanned Carrier Aviation program manager.

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