HM Coastguard Her Majesty s 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.
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|Construction Began on New SAR Base at St Athan, 03-Dec-14 : A ceremony was held yesterday (December 2, 2014) to mark construction of a new Search and Rescue (SAR) helicopter base at St Athan Aerospace Business Park within the Enterprise Zone.|
|Milestone Finances Bristow UK SAR Fleet, 11-Nov-14 : Dublin, Ireland – Milestone Aviation Group, the global leader in helicopter leasing, announced today that it has closed seven of 12 helicopter leases to Bristow Helicopters Limited, an affiliate of the Bristow Group. |
|Bristow Unveils First SAR AW189, 07-Oct-14 : Bristow's Europe Business Unit (EBU) unveiled the first AW189 search and rescue aircraft at this year's Energy Ball. |
|Model||C/N||Built||ID / History|
| AW139|| 31571 ||2014||?: HM Coast Guard, op by Bristow |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-712 ||1973||G-BBHL: HM Coastguard, owned and maintained by Bristow; 2003 based Storno ... |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-713 ||1973||G-BBHM: ex N4033S,G-BBHM, 8Q-HUM. Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicop ... |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-718 ||1973||G-BBVA: HM Coastguard operated by Bristow |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-737 ||1974||G-BCLC: Owned and maintained by Bristow Helicopters on behalf of HM Coast ... |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-751 ||1975||G-BDIJ: G-BDIJ, then 9M-AYF, to G-BDIJ. Owned and maintained by Bristow H ... |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-765 ||1976||G-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 ||1974||G-BIMU: S-61N Mk.II. ex N4042S, then VH-CRU, N4042S, VH-CRU, N8511Z, to G ... |
| S-61N Mk.II|| 61-822 ||1979||G-BPWB: ex EI-BHO, then G-BPWB, EI-BHO, to G-BPWB; Owned and maintained b ... |
| AW139|| 31203 ||2007||G-CGIJ: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008. |
G-CGIJ: 23aug13 pictured (top) from MV_Normandie conducting a winching ex ...
| S-92A|| 92-0034 ||2006||G-CGMU: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia |
| S-92A|| 92-0051 ||2007||G-CGOC: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia |
| AW139|| 31209 ||2007||G-CGWB: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008. |
| S-92A|| 92-0166 ||2011||G-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 ||2011||G-MCGB: HM Coastguard from Feb13, Bristow |
| S-92A|| 92-0169 ||2011||G-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 ||2012||G-MCGD: May14 Search and rescue heli on Stornoway, Scotland |
| S-92A|| 92-0214 ||2014||G-MCGE: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow |
| S-92A|| 92-0222 ||2013||G-MCGF: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow |
| S-92A|| 92-0225 ||2013||G-MCGG: HM Coast Guard op by Bristow |
G-MCGG: 21nov14 Overflying RAF Leconfield
G-MCGG: 21nov14 Overflying Aberdeen on approach to Dyce
| S-92A|| 92-0045 ||2006||G-SARB: HM Coastguard op by CHC Scotia; 2010 Isle of Lewis, Scotland |
| S-92A|| 92-0052 ||2006||G-SARC: HM Coastguard operated by CHC Scotia; 11dec12 an Unst Shetland is ... |
| AW139|| 31208 ||2007||G-SARD: Operated for HM Coastguard by CHC Scotia, since April 2008. |
| AW189|| 49005 ||2013||I-PTFF: 07oct14 unveiled by Bristow and AgustaWestland in HM colours at E ... |
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