united kingdom HM Coastguard

Her Majesty s Coastguard    

Organisation History:

HM Coastguard

Her Majestys Coastguard (HMCG) was founded in 1822 with the purpose of protecting revenue against smugglers. By 1923, the emphasis had changed to protecting life, shipping and the environment around Britains 17000 km of coastline and within the UK Search and Rescue Region (UKSRR). Since 1998, HMCG has been part of the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

In conjunction with this, Trinity House and the Northern Lighthouse Board operate automated and a few manned lighthouses and lightships, whilst the Admiraltys Hydrographic Office provides maritime charts. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) provides a volunteer lifeboat service and other organisations can commit assets for rescue as and when required. HMCG provides controllers at a number of Rescue Coordination Centres (RCC), which also deal with onshore rescue. HMCG through the Maritime RCCs, is the competent authority for tasking the Search and Rescue helicopter service provided through UK Department for Transport funding. The aircraft are provided through a mixture of Royal Air Force, Royal Navy and from 1980 when minimum response times were established, civilian contractor units. Each are assigned a sector of the UKSRR as their primary area of operations.

RAF and Royal Navy Search and Rescue helicopters can be found under their respective organisations. Helicopters operated by civilian units on behalf of HMCG are listed here, with a note identifying the contractor organisation which owns and maintains them.

After a commercial competition (which was abandoned in Feb 2011) for a replacement SAR service, the Department for Transport has re-opened the bidding for contracts, partly as a result of pressure from the UK Treasury which has resulted in a decision to retire the Sea King SAR helicopters. There are several consortia bidding and the announcement of winner(s) is expected in 2013. Do not assume that all existing SAR bases will remain open.






News about this Organisation:

  • 08-Sep-14 - First SAR Sikorsky S-92 delivered to Bristow UK     ( s-92 Helibus )
  • 29-Jul-14 - Bristow First Anniversary of Northern Scotland SAR
  • 30-Jun-14 - New SAR base at Humberside Airport
  • 25-Apr-14 - UK SAR Oscar Charlie Legacy in Naming Ceremony     ( s-92 Helibus )
  • 26-Nov-13 - Bristow Celebrates 30 Years at Sumburgh     ( shetland district )
        More News ...

    Rotary Wing Aircraft Units in this Organisation: Login to Edit    

    Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
        portland district - uk srr portland district 1995 --
        shetland district - uk srr shetland district 1983 --
        solent district - uk srr solent district 1988 --
        stornoway district - uk srr stornoway district 1987 --




    Models in this Organisation: Login to Edit    

    ModelDel'dFromTo
      AW AW139 32008
      sikorsky s-92 Helibus 2007
      sikorsky s-61 H-3 819832008

    Locations for this Organisation: Login to Edit    

    Base / HeliportUnits of this Base/Heliport
       Lee-on-Solentsolent district 1988/now
       Portlandportland district 1995/now
       Stornowaystornoway district 1987/now
       Sumburghshetland district 1985/now






    Individual Helicopters on Database: Login to Edit    

    ModelC/NBuiltID     /     History
        S-61N Mk.II 61-712 1973G-BBHL: HM Coastguard, owned and maintained by Bristow; 2003 based Storno ...
        S-61N Mk.II 61-713 1973G-BBHM: ex N4033S,G-BBHM, 8Q-HUM. Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicop ...
        S-61N Mk.II 61-718 1973G-BBVA: HM Coastguard operated by Bristow
        S-61N Mk.II 61-737 1974G-BCLC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM Coast ...
        S-61N Mk.II 61-751 1975G-BDIJ: G-BDIJ, then 9M-AYF, to G-BDIJ. Owned and maintained by Bristow H ...
        S-61N Mk.II 61-765 1976G-BDOC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM Coast ...
    G-BDOC: attended the fire and explosions at the Piper Alpha platform
    G-BDOC: HM Coast Guard Oscar Charlie 1985-2007
        S-61N Mk.II 61-752 1974G-BIMU: S-61N Mk.II. ex N4042S, then VH-CRU, N4042S, VH-CRU, N8511Z, to G ...
        S-61N Mk.II 61-822 1979G-BPWB: ex EI-BHO, then G-BPWB, EI-BHO, to G-BPWB; Owned and maintained b ...
        AW139 31203 2007G-CGIJ: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008.
    G-CGIJ: 23aug13 pictured from MV_Normandie conducting a winching exercise ...
        S-92A 92-0034 2006G-CGMU: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia
        S-92A 92-0051 2007G-CGOC: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia
        AW139 31209 2007G-CGWB: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008.
        S-92A 92-0166 2011G-MCGA: HM Coastguard Jan13, operated by Bristow, Sumburgh/Stornoway
    G-MCGA: Feb13 Based at Inverness airport for line training before deliver ...
        S-92A 92-0167 2011G-MCGB: HM Coastguard from Feb13, Bristow
        S-92A 92-0169 2011G-MCGC: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow; 12apr13 pictured (top) at Aberdeen, ...
    G-MCGC: 14apr14 pictured (bot) incoming to home base at Sumburgh
    G-MCGC: 25apr14 Oscar Charlie Helicopter Naming Ceremony at Sumburgh, She ...
        S-92A 92-0171 2012G-MCGD: May14 Search and rescue heli on Stornoway, Scotland
        S-92A 92-0045 2006G-SARB: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia; 2010 Isle of Lewis, Scotland
        S-92A 92-0052 2006G-SARC: HM Coastguard operated by CHC Scotia; 11dec12 an Unst Shetland is ...
        AW139 31208 2007G-SARD: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008.

            19 Construction Numbers in this organisation found





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