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Building for 2015 Bristow SAR contract began. SAR service which was initially contracted from Manston (but abandoned after that base closed in May 2014), commenced officially from 1 Aug 2015 with leased AW139, following closure of the service by the RAF 22 Squadron B Flt from AAC Wattisham. The service was due to be provided by AW189, which is currently experiencing certification issues due to de-icing performance. The AW139 has a slightly reduced capacity but a longer range than the contracted AW189.

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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

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