Since autumn 2013 NMIOTC has acquired and developed a designated training area (LGR-28) for helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flights at low altitude (below 1000΄) in an obstacle-free area, offering the opportunity to evaluate selected personnel and special tactics in a controlled environment.
The specific training will involve the skills and knowledge required by an individual to fly a UAV or deploy from a helicopter as part of a team, while using fast-rope tactics, techniques, and procedures. The drills will involve the application of safety and rappelling policies, regulations, protocols and procedures required to safely fast-rope from a helicopter.
Since October 2014 NMIOTC is offering the option of using a tag boat or a tagged 60-ft vessel for conducting exercises and drills underway in the vicinity of Souda Bay. Those vessels are adding extra realism to the training at a relatively low cost, increasing the difficulty of the drills day and night.
Excellent comments have been received from units that have already employed these methods.