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SAR at Lydd, Euro­pean or­ders, more Chi­nooks, EVTOL con­cept

The last pur­pose-built HM Coast­guard he­li­copter base opened on 12 July at Lydd, Kent. It is one of ten lo­cated coun­try­wide close to ar­eas where search and res­cue in­ci­dent rates are high, join­ing Lee-on-so­lent, Newquay, Hum­ber­side, Caernar­fon, St Athan, Prest­wick, In­ver­ness, Sum­burgh and Stornoway. Bris­tow He­li­copters op­er­ates the UK’S SAR ser­vice on be­half of the Coast­guard un­der a ten-year year con­tract awarded in 2013.

Two Leonardo AW189S are based at Lydd, serv­ing the south and south-east coasts and the English Chan­nel. The Lydd base is led by Chief Pi­lot Cap­tain Neil Robert­son, a for­mer RAF Sea King pi­lot whose sev­en­teen-year mil­i­tary ca­reer saw him serve as Flight Com­man­der at RAF Wat­tisham’s SAR unit. “Our team’s fo­cus is al­ways on bring­ing peo­ple home safely from a search and res­cue op­er­a­tion,” he says. “Dur­ing day-to-day op­er­a­tions and through­out our year-round train­ing pro­gramme, this new base en­sures that we have the fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port we need to be able to main­tain the in­cred­i­bly high stan­dards the UK SAR ser­vice is renowned for.”

Two AW189S are now based at Lydd, the last of ten SAR bases op­er­ated by Bris­tow

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