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Michael Hjorth, Commander, Chief Operations, Joint Arctic Command, joins Search and Rescue Europe to discuss SAR in the Arctic region. Firstly he sets out the Arctic priorities for SAR. There’s been a marked increase in ship traffic in the Arctic region and ultimately it’s becoming more relevant to run regular, large scale SAR exercises. He discusses steps towards a SAR agreement between Arctic nations which will set up regular SAR exercises in the area. Finally, he talks about the recent SAREX exercise which reconstructed a cruise ship vessel going down in the Arctic to practice pooling resources together for a rescue of this kind.