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sikorsky s-61 H-3

in united kingdom HM Coastguard


Del'd: 8 - 1983 to 2008







s-61 H-3 HM Coastguard

History of this Model in this Organisation:

S-61N Mk2 operated on behalf of HMCG by Bristow Helicopters in Scotland and on the south coast of England.

Bristow had previously had SAR experience with the S-61N when it started a private SAR service around the North Sea hydrocarbon fields in Feb 1978 for BP. Its first involvement with HM Coastguard was when it took over contract SAR cover for the Shetland Islands based at Sumburgh (EGPB) in Dec 1983, from British Airways Helicopters. These two airframes operate as Rescue 117 and Rescue 118.

SAR operations expanded with Bristow in May 1987, when the Hebrides contract was let. Up to two airframes (one is on standby) are based at Stornoway (EGPO) and operate as Rescue 119 and Rescue 120.

Bristow's third S-61N contract with HMCG was taken on in Jun 1988 from a 202 Squadron Sea King HAR.3 detatchment at Lee-on-Solent (EGUS). When on SAROPS it uses callsigns in the range Rescue 174 to Rescue 176.

When the Royal Navy's plans to withdraw from RNAS Portland (EGDP) emerged, it would leave a gap in SAR coverage. Bristow's fourth SAR contract was for a single helicopter to be based at Portland. On operations, it is Rescue 172 or Rescue 173.



S-61 stored at Norwich, June 2014
s-61 H-3 HM Coastguard




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News about this Model in this Organisation:

Sikorsky and Bristow Embark on New SAR Era, 03-Mar-15 : Heli-Expo 2015 ORLANDO, Florida - Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. today recognized Bristow Helicopters Ltd.’s upcoming launch of the U.K. search and rescue (SAR) contract and the company’s dedication to SAR over the past 40 years.


Units with this Model in this Organisation:

YearsUnitsbold : Current base of the Unit
1995/08Portland DistrictPortland
1988/08Solent District Lee-on-Solent
1987/07Stornoway District Stornoway
1983/08Shetland District Sumburgh






Construction Numbers of this Model in this Organisation: Help Us    

C/NModBuiltID     In this OrganisationIn other Org

    61-712 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBHL: HM Coastguard, owned and maintained by Bristow; 2003 based S+
Bristow G-BBHL: Bristow Nov73-Sep08, Sikorsky serial N4032S

EP Aviation Llc N364HH: Ep Aviation from Nov08
    61-713 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBHM: ex N4033S,G-BBHM, 8Q-HUM. Owned and maintained by Bristow He+
Bristow G-BBHM: Bristow Dec73-Dec91, Sikorsky serial N4033S; lsd Maldiv+

- 8Q-HUM: Maldives Islands Dec91-May93, rtn Bristow

Bristow G-BBHM: Bristow May93-, w/o 15jul02
    61-718 s61n.mk2 1973     G-BBVA: HM Coastguard operated by Bristow
Bristow G-BBVA: Bristow Feb74-Sep08, to N364FH

EP Aviation Llc N364FH: EP Aviation Apr10
    61-737 s61n.mk2 1974     G-BCLC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM +
Bristow G-BCLC: Bristow Jan75-Jan08, for HM Coastguard

Sky Cats Puma Corp N502SC: Sky Cats Puma Corp 2008, conv to S-61 Short

04jun11 pictured near Yorkville, Illinois
    61-751 s61n.mk2 1975     G-BDIJ: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 2003 based at Lee-on-Solent; +
Bristow G-BDIJ: Bristow Oct75-May83, to Malaysia

Bristow Malaysia 9M-AYF: Bristow Malaysia May83-Jun84, back to G-BDIJ

US Department of State N436LC: State Dept from Oct10, rereg N751AW

US Department of State N751AW: Jul13 Baghdad, Iraq

17feb15 seen flying along the coast adjacent to RAF Akr+

07jul15 at Coventry City, UK
    61-765 s61n.mk2 1976     G-BDOC: Bristow owned and operated G-BDOC was assigned to Sumburgh i+
attended the fire and explosions at the Piper Alpha platform
Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM +
HM Coast Guard Oscar Charlie 1985-2007
Bristow G-BDOC: Bristow Mar76-Sep10

May09 in SAR-Meet 2009 at Leeuwarden AB, Netherlands

US Department of State N426GE: US State Dept Nov11
    61-752 s61n.mk2 1974     G-BIMU: S-61N Mk.II. ex N4042S, then VH-CRU, N4042S, VH-CRU, N8511Z,+
- VH-CRU: Australia, Sikorsky serial N4024S

British Caledonian Helicopter G-BIMU: British Caledonian 1981 to May 1990; to Bristow

Bristow G-BIMU: Bristow from May90

Coastguard. in May 2009 participated in SAR-Meet 2009 f+

15sep12 pictured (top) at De Kooy, Netherlands during H+

16jan14 rtn to UK after ending Dutch SAR contract. str +

25may14 pictured (bot) stored at Norwich airport. Siste+
    61-822 s61n.mk2 1979     G-BPWB: ex EI-BHO, then G-BPWB, EI-BHO, to G-BPWB; Owned and maintai+
Irish Helicopters EI-BHO: Irish Helicopters 1979, all red livery; to Bristow G-BP+

Bristow G-BPWB: Bristow May89-Feb91, back to Ireland

Irish Helicopters EI-BHO: Irish Helicopters 1991-1997; Rescue for the Department +

Bristow G-BPWB: Bristow from May97-

15sep12 pictured at De Kooy, Netherlands during Heldair+

06feb14 rtn to UK after ending Dutch SAR contract. str +

25may14 picture stored at Norwich
    8 C/N found in this Organisation






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