united kingdom Solent District

HM Coastguard

1988 to present    

solent coast guard

Provides 24 hour SAR coverage for the UK SRR Solent District at 15 minutes readiness. SAR presence at Lee-on-Solent since around 1973, but the MCA civilian contract has only been in place since 1988. At the end of Nov 2006, ground was broken for a new MCA helicopter hangar at Lee-on-Solent, to house the AW139 due to enter service in early 2008, replacing the S-61N here.
Following award of 2013 Bristow GAP SAR contract, the SAR service handed over from CHC AW139 to Bristow AW189, in preparation for transition into the full 2015 contract arrangements from 2017.
Scheduled to be first base with AW189 from April 2017

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AW189 Enters HM Coastguard Service, 31-Mar-17 : HM Coastguard helicopter base in Lee-On-Solent has started flying the AW189 helicopter for SAR operations. Operated by Bristow, bases Prestwick, St Athan, Lydd and Inverness will follow

Coast Guard Solent District Received AW189, 03-Jan-17 : HM Coastguard first of two new AW189 helicopters for the Lee-on-Solent base. Will replace the current AW139 from April 2017


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List of Aircraft for Solent
C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-751 s61n.mk2 1975 G-BDIJ : HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; 2003 based at Lee-on-Solent; Carries the na+
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 Akrotiri, Cyprus
: 07jul15 at Coventry City, UK
: 12jul16 GSA Auction on sale with N216WW. To be confirmed
31203 aw139 2007 G-CGIJ : Jan15 Solent District
CHC Scotia G-CGIJ : CHC Scotia from Feb08; operated on behalf HM Coast Guard
92002 aw189 2014 G-MCGO : HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGO : AgustaWestland from Mar15
Bristow G-MCGO : Bristow for Coastguard
92005 aw189 2014 G-MCGS : HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGS : AgustaWestland Mar15-Sep16
Bristow G-MCGS : Bristow from Sep16, for Coastguard
31208 aw139 2007 G-SARD : Sep12 Solent District
: Aug14 Solent District
CHC Scotia G-SARD : CHC Scotia from Mar08, for HM Coast Guard

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