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  • united kingdom London Ashford Airport

    Lydd, Kent, England

    United Kingdom


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    19.5045 Shorncliffe, England
    20.8355EGA39 William Harvey Hospital, England
    29.1344EGKE Challock, England
    30.5317EGKH Lashenden Headcorn, England
    31.9056GBDVR Dover WD, England
    34.4054 Dover CG, England

    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

    Coastguard Lydd Base Passes 1,000 Rescues, 03-Aug-20 : #rescues The HM Coastguard Search and Rescue (SAR) base at Lydd, Kent completed their 1,000th tasking since beginning lifesaving operations in 2015. Operated by Bristow, started with AW139 until the introduction of the AW189. Lydd helicopters responds to around 16 incidents per month

    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

    13-Apr-16 - Lydd Airport Made Permanent Home for SAR
    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 RAF HAR.3 XZ599
    2012-jan-13 AW109E G-GDSG
    2015-aug-01 HM Coastguard AW139 G-CIJW
    2015-aug-01 Bristow AW139 G-CILN
    2015-aug-14 Lydd sector AW139 G-CIJX
    2015-aug-26 Lydd sector AW139 G-CILN
    2016-jun-02 HM Coastguard AW139 G-CIJX
    2016-jul-24 HM Coastguard AW189 G-MCGP
    2016-aug-06 HM Coastguard AW139 G-CIJW
    2017-jun-27 Lydd sector AW139 G-CIJX
    2017-jul-10 EC135P2+ SP-WWW
    2018-oct Lydd sector AW189 G-MCGN
    2018-nov Lydd sector AW189 G-MCGV
    2018-nov-10 Lydd sector AW189 G-MCGU
    2020-apr-15 Lydd sector /CG163 AW189 G-MCGV

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