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Lydd, England
United Kingdom


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1954 to present

50° 57' 21.77'' N - 0° 56' 20.97'' E
12nm S of Ashford
Elevation: 13 feet

History of this Location

Base for the famous Bristol Freighter car transport service to France.

As result of the closure of Manston on the north Kent coast, the planned SAR service there needed a new home. On a temporary basis, SAR services commenced from Lydd in Aug 2015 and it was announced in Apr 2016 that this would become the permanent base for the life of the current contract.

Works began for a new, modular, 2 airframe SAR base and hangar in Jun 2017.

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List of units at Lydd

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YearsRotary Wing Aircraft Unitbold : Current Model
normal: Unit no longer at this base
2015/    Lydd sectorAW189 2017/   
AW139 2015/17

Lydd News

UK SAR New Coastguard Facility Opens at Lydd, 12-Jul-18 : #coastguard HM Coastguard officially opened the new base at Lydd, Kent. Equipped with AW189 operated by Bristow

Bristow Lydd SAR Team Honoured, 25-Oct-17 : Bristow Search and Rescue (SAR) team based at Lydd Airport, 32 individuals, honoured for its work. They conducted 425 SAR operations since August 2015

Ground-Breaking at Lydd SAR Base, 20-Jun-17 : Ground has been broken at Lydd Airport starting construction of the new HM Coastguard helicopter base for the south-east operated by Bristow Helicopters

Bristow First Anniversary of SAR in Lydd, 16-Aug-16 : Bristow search and rescue (SAR) AW139 operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from the base at London Ashford Airport responded to over 180 taskings during their first year

Lydd Airport Made Permanent Home for SAR, 13-Apr-16 : The Department for Transport announced that Lydd Airport will be the permanent base for the UK Coastguard’s search and rescue helicopter services in the south-east

02-Oct-15 - HMS Echo Lends a Deck to Lydd Search and Rescue
02-Jun-15 - Danzer Modular Buildings for Lydd SAR Base

List of aircraft and events at Lydd

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By Date | By Serial

1991-apr-26 Royal Air ForceSea King HAR.3XZ599
2012-jan-13 AW109E PowerG-GDSG
2015-aug-01 AW139G-CIJW
2015-aug-14 HM CoastguardAW139G-CIJX
2015-aug-26 HM CoastguardAW139G-CILN
2016-aug-06 AW139G-CIJW
2017-jun-27 HM CoastguardAW139G-CIJX
2017-jul-10 EC135P2+SP-WWW
2018-oct HM CoastguardAW189G-MCGN
2018-nov HM CoastguardAW189G-MCGV
2018-nov-10 HM CoastguardAW189G-MCGU

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