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united kingdom HM Coastguard

Her Majesty s Coastguard

HM Coastguard

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 awarded the replacement SAR service to Soteria - a consortium of CHC, Thales UK and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Department for Transport abandoned the arrangement in Feb 2011 and 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) was made in 2013. Not all existing SAR bases will remain open.

Following the cancellation of the first commercial contracting exercise for the whole of UKSRR, the Department for Transport announced in Feb 2012 that Bristow had won an interim GAP SAR contract and on 26 Mar 2013 that Bristow had been awarded a 10 year contract for the whole of the UKSRR from 1 Apr 2015 until 31 Mar 2026. Non-military SAR services had been provided to the DfT by CHC from 2007.

Bristow intends to achieve this using a mix of S-92 and AW189 helicopters, operating 2 airframes from each of 10 bases, with 2 airframes in reserve. There are 4 new SAR facilities at existing airfields (Humberside, Newquay, St.Athan and Caernarfon), 3 additions to existing facilities at SAR bases (Inverness, Manston and Prestwick) and operations will continue from 3 existing SAR facilities (Lee-on-Solent, Stornoway and Sumburgh). SAR operations will cease from Boulmer, Chivenor, Culdrose, Leconfield, Valley and Wattisham. This achieves a DfT objective of decoupling the provision of civilian SAR services from military bases - an ominous sign, giving the UK MoD and Treasury fewer reasons to keep bases open.

This still has not insulated the contract from commercial closures - Manston closed in May 2014, forcing a contract change which saw Bristow preparing a new operations base at Lydd, some 28nm SW of Manston. Note: The map above right, was prepared before the closure announcement.

Bristows approach is to provide some of its own staff and transfer in some crews and engineers from the military units previously providing the service, allowing the MoD to achieve further manpower reductions and cost savings. It also enables the UK military Sea King fleet to be retired, saving escalating maintenance costs and giving a clear view of future SAR provision.

Building, training and other preparations have been underway for some time and main contract services will begin transition in a phased manner from 1 Apr 2015, cutting over entirely from 1 Jan 2016. Finally, services under the GAP contract will transition in during 2017.

News about this Organisation:

Bristow SAR in 400 Taskings in First 6 Months, 08-Oct-15 : Helitech 2015 The new civilian search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service has reported a busy first six months, 1 April to 31 September 2015, as crews across five new bases respond to almost 400 taskings.

Bristow St Athan Conducted First SAR Sortie, 05-Oct-15 : The new HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at St Athan was sent to its first tasking within an hour of going live at the weekend.

HMS Echo Lends a Deck to Lydd Search and Rescue, 02-Oct-15 : HMS Echo, a Plymouth-based survey ship, was returning back to the UK after a survey operation in the North Sea as Bristow’s Lydd-based search and rescue crew was looking for a ship to conduct a routine winch training exercise.

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Rotary Wing Aircraft Units Login to Edit    

Rotary Wing Aircraft UnitCreatedDisband
    Caernarfon sector2015 --
    Humberside sector2015 --
    Inverness sector2015 --
    Lydd sector2015 --
    Newquay sector2016 --
    Portland District1995 2015
    Prestwick sector2016 --
    Shetland District1983 --
    Solent District1988 --
    St. Athan sector2015 --
    Stornoway District1987 --

Models in this Organisation: Login to Edit    

  AW AW189 2015
  AW AW139 2008
  sikorsky s-92 Helibus 152007
  sikorsky s-61 H-3 819832008


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: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 2003 based at Lee-on-Solent; Carri ...
    S-61N Mk.II 61-765 1976G-BDOC: Bristow owned and operated G-BDOC was assigned to Sumburgh in Jan ...
G-BDOC: attended the fire and explosions at the Piper Alpha platform
G-BDOC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM Coast ...
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: Jul08 picture (top) at Portsmouth
G-CGIJ: 23aug13 pictured (bot) from MV Normandie conducting a winching ex ...
G-CGIJ: 16sep15 at Isle of Wight
    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.
    AW139 31571 2014G-CIJW: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow
    AW139 31579 2014G-CIJX: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow; 19dec14 pictured (top and middle) a ...
G-CIJX: 17feb15 pictured (bot) at Norwich. Super Puma G-TIGE on backgroun ...
G-CIJX: 14aug15 based at Lydd Airport
    AW139 31586 2014G-CILN: HM Coastguard 2015, op by Bristow
G-CILN: 10jun15 1936 GMT arriving at Norwich airport with G-CILP. Tim K
G-CILN: 06aug15 22:40hs heading east across Kent
G-CILN: 11aug15 22:05hs heading east across Staplehurst Kent at 450 feet
G-CILN: 26aug15 at Lydd airport
G-CILN: Coastguard /Rescue187; 04oct15 carried out the first operational ...
    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
G-MCGD: 11jan15 at Humberside
    S-92A 92-0214 2014G-MCGE: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow
G-MCGE: 09jan15 flying over Flamborough, East Yorkshire
G-MCGE: 10jan15 12:30 over skegness flown from humberside airport
G-MCGE: 9Jan15 Flying over Rotherham ex Humberside. 1245
G-MCGE: 24jan15 passed over Rotherham 0900 towards Sheffield, just rtn ov ...
G-MCGE: 02feb15 11:40hs Passed over Mablethorpe heading for Norwich airpo ...
G-MCGE: 15jul15 at Humberside airport
G-MCGE: 19jul15 attending SAR / Emergency Humberside to Glossop, Derbyshi ...
    S-92A 92-0222 2013G-MCGF: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow
G-MCGF: 17mar15 SAR service launched ceremony at Inverness
G-MCGF: 25aug15 pictured Scottish Secretary David Mundell with Bristow cr ...
    S-92A 92-0225 2013G-MCGG: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow
G-MCGG: 21nov14 Overflying RAF Leconfield
G-MCGG: 21nov14 Overflying Aberdeen on approach to Dyce
G-MCGG: 09jun15 at Stornoway
    S-92A 92-0234 2014G-MCGH: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow; 13jan15 pictured at Aberdeen
G-MCGH: 13jul15 at Humberside airport
G-MCGH: 21jul15 at Caernarfon, N Wales
    S-92A 92-0235 2014G-MCGI: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow; 13jan15 pictured at Aberdeen
G-MCGI: 17mar15 SAR service launched ceremony at Inverness
    S-92A 92-0248 2014G-MCGJ: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow
G-MCGJ: 07may15 at Caernarfon Aairport, Wales, UK. Arrived to home base f ...
G-MCGJ: Jul15 based at Caernarfon
    S-92A 92-0251 2014G-MCGK: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow; 02jun15 pictured at Aberdeen, Scot ...
G-MCGK: 20jun15 now based Caernarfon, North Wales
    AW189 89001 2014G-MCGM: HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 17feb15 pictured (top) at Norwich
G-MCGM: 16apr15 low level flight thru Snowdonia
G-MCGM: 12mar15 pictured (bot) at Norwich
    AW189 92001 2014G-MCGN: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow; 28apr15 pictured down the coast to ...
    S-92A 92-0257 2015G-MCGY: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow
    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.
    AW189 49005 2013I-PTFF: 07oct14 unveiled by Bristow and AgustaWestland in HM colours at E ...

        33 Construction Numbers in this organisation found


CH-53D Sea Stallion 157742
crashed in Okinawa university after clipping building

CH-53G 84+84
07oct15 at Flugplatz Alpnachm, Switzerland

SA341C Gazelle HT.2 G-DFKI
11oct15 at North Weald

CH-47D Chinook N948CH
11oct15 at McClellan, CA

HSL-33 Seasnakes
1986-1989, I served in the AE shop. I was a Plane Captain, CDI, night shift supervisor of AE shop. I'm AE2 Jon M. Dishaw and was forward deployed to Atsugi Japan det. 4C. This was the best aircraft and command that I served in and enjoyed flying in the whenever I got the chance. I also was the senior AE for the Ready Det for many months and had one of the best officers I've ever known or had the privilege to serve under. At that time, he just made Lt. Commander, LCDR Mark A. Storch, I'd fly to hell and back with him again.

AW101 611 ?
09oct15 15° Stormo Cervia, Italy

Super Lynx mk90b S-170
09oct15 at Sumburgh Airport , Shetland


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