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About IntSAR

International Sea Air Rescue Humanitarian Aid Service

IntSAR is an International Diplomatic Initiative, establishing a predominantly volunteer, multi-national service with diplomatic recognition of rank equivalence to Defense and Emergency Services agencies around the globe. Governed under the Memorandum of Understanding leading to the drafting of the IntSAR Treaty, IntSAR was established to provide a large scale natural disaster response, while augmenting sea/air rescue capabilities to member nations.

The aim of the organization is to become a truly International Disaster Response and Humanitarian Aid Service, paramilitary in style (to promote discipline and to facilitate effective command and control in adverse operational conditions), whilst remaining completely neutral to all parties with a minimum of armament (protection against piracy)

IntSAR Fleets

At its final operational capability, IntSAR shall be comprised of 14 fleets stationed strategically around the globe to be able to react swiftly to any disaster or emergency situation, whilst remaining in as stable geological location as possible in order to remain unaffected from potential natural disasters in the area.

Each fleet will be operated and manned by disaster management, search & rescue, medical, logistics, maritime and aviation specialists in order to provide the expertise required for all aspects of disaster mitigation and recovery.

Each fleet shall be comprised of:

  • Hospital Helicopter Carriers
  • Search & Rescue / Mortuary Ships
  • Engineering Landing Ships
  • Container Ships
  • Potable Water Plant / Tanker Ships
  • Underway Replenishment Ships
  • Counter-Piracy Corvettes, and
  • Mine Sweepers

Each fleet shall be supplemented by the following capabilities:

  • Long-Range Search & Rescue Fixed-Wing Aircraft
  • Long and medium-range Cargo / Transport aircraft
  • Various rotary-wing aircraft for casualty evacuation, search & rescue, transport, etc
  • Construction and Engineering Battalions for debris clearance and infrastructure repair/rebuilding
  • Ground transport squadrons for logistic and transport movements on land
  • Encrypted and high throughput communications systems for effective command and control

The IntSAR capability is reliant heavily on member nation subscriptions, supplemented by surplus equipment donations. IntSAR intends to refurbish and operate primarily ex-military and government assets that have been donated by our member nations in order to both assist IntSAR in achieving its mission and to reduce waste and disposal costs of military and government assets. The donated ships and aircraft will see a much extended service life through their donation to IntSAR, rather than the alternatives of being sunk, moored or parked in the desert.

Note; IntSAR is not a charitable organization. It is a multi-governmental agency focused on disaster response. In no way does IntSAR solicit or accept donations from anyone other than its member nations government agencies.

IntSAR currently has 30 contributing member nations, however it is the intent to increase that to at least 100 member nations over the next few years.

National membership with IntSAR is not only an insurance policy against natural disasters, but it is the humanitarian obligation of all nations to ensure IntSAR becomes the truly international and neutral humanitarian aid and rescue service it can be.

In a world that is constantly at the mercy of large scale disasters, both natural and man-made, the development of the full capability of IntSAR is a global priority!

The Symbolism of the Emblem of IntSAR Home Fleet

THE DARK BLUE BACKGROUND: Symbolizes Pacific Ocean, the area of responsibility of the Home Fleet. THE THREE STARS AT THE TOP: Symbolizes the Commanding Officer of the Fleet is a Vice Admiral

THE INTSAR EMBLEM IN THE MIDDLE: Symbolizes that the Home Fleet is the main and basic fleet of IntSAR. The motto at the bottom of the emblem PER AUTER SALVO JURE means For the Life of an Other without Prejudice. This is also the founding motto of IntSAR Home Fleet.

THE PALM TREE AT THE RİGHT LOWER QUARTER: Palm tree meanings tell us that we should aspire to achieve more by clearly defining our goals, spotting opportunities, and reaching for the stars in order to accomplish our dreams. freedom, righteousness, reward, resurrection, returning happily from a journey, and victory. Historically, they marked the path for heroes returning home from a battle, lucky to have survived and prevailed. There, the palms served as a symbol to welcome home and an assurance of safety. This is associated with the brave personnel of IntSAR taking help, relief and safety to the people who are in need.

THE WHITE DOVE AT THE LOWER LEFT QUARTER: White doves have always been associated with peace, love, and unity. It’s pure white color immediately evokes feelings of union and prosperity. White doves occupy an important part in most major religions. All around the world, different cultures have adopted this beautiful bird as the sign of purity, honor, peace, and prosperity. The dove is also a messenger for the divine, being the sign Noah received after the Flood to let him know that the waters had subsided from the earth, and he’d be able to descend from his ark. The white dove in the emblem is associated with the White dove which brought the good news, the good news of relief to Noah. As IntSAR brings the relief and good news of salvation to those in immediate need of help.

Doves have been known as innocent and sweet birds, and also deeply linked to peace and wholesome brother-ship between humans. Besides a dove of peace was the main element of the flag of King Cakobau, the first King of Fiji.

THE CREST AT THE BOTTOM: Depicts a takia—a traditional Fijian canoe which symbolizes the Fijian people, the host nation. This with the other two symbols (the Palm Tree and the White Dove) are taken from the Fiji Coat of Arms to honor the people of the Fiji who are the host Nation to IntSAR.

THE MOTTO AT THE BOTTOM: This is the motto of the Home Fleet and means ‘FOR HUMANITY, IN TIME’. This summarizes the purpose of the Home Fleet which is to help humanity when needed and deliver that help always in time.

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