Coastguard

COAST GUARD HELICOPTER WILL CONTINUE TO BE BASED AT LEE-ON-SOLENT FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS – Island Echo

HM Coastguard has signed a £1.6billion contract with Bristow Helicopters to continue supplying search and rescue helicopters and aircraft around the UK coast – including here on the Isle of Wight – for another 10 year.

It has been confirmed that Coastguard helicopters will continue to be based at Lee-on-Solent to cover the Isle of Wight and surrounding areas.

The new contract will allow the UK to benefit from both innovation and technological advances to save more lives, even faster. It will include the use of a Schiebel S-100 mobile drone as well as 18 helicopters and 6 fixed-wing aircraft based in Doncaster, Prestwick and Newquay.

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Bristow has provided the UK search and rescue helicopter service for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) since 2013.

To assist in the training of rescue helicopter pilots and crew, a new state-of-the-art search and rescue helicopter simulation training facility will be built in Lee-on-Solent alongside the coastguard training, which will house a synthetic rescue winch and helicopter suspended above a large training basin.

Damien Oliver, principal owner responsible for the UKSAR2G contract, said:

“We know there are people alive today because an HM Coastguard helicopter came to their rescue. When looking ahead to the next decade of service and rescue services, the thought of future people whose lives could also be saved through this contract was a huge incentive to make sure this will build on that success and make it even better.I am also delighted that we can continue to support the work of our partners at within the government in all the work they do”.

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