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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890 Helicopter Landings for St Mary’s Isle Of Wight, 30-Jun-19 : #StMary Opened in 2013, St Mary’s Hospital received 897 helicopter landings by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, HM Coastguard and other life-saving services

Glider Pilot Rescued by Solent’ AW189, 04-Feb-19 : #Glider A HM Coastguard’ AW189 from Solent rescued a a glider pilot after crashing into trees on the South Downs, Sussex

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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Solent District List of helicopters

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C/NVersionBuiltIn this OrgIn other Org
61-751 s61n.mk2 1975 G-BDIJ : HM Coastguard, op by Bristow; pictured; based at Lee-on-Solent; Carries +
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 : Baghdad, Iraq
: 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
Croman Corp N629CK : Croman Corp from Dec16
: Nov18 undergoing rework at Croman Corp’s White City facility for possibl+
31203 aw139 2007 G-CGIJ : Solent District
CHC Scotia G-CGIJ : CHC Scotia Feb08-Nov18; operated on behalf HM Coast Guard
CHC Helicopters Australia VH-RQW : CHC Australia from Dec18
Royal Australian Air Force VH-RQW : RAAF Rescue service 2019, op by CHC
92001 aw189 2014 G-MCGN : 12jan18 Departed Aberdeen for Lee-on-Solent EGHF
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGN : AgustaWestland Dec14-Apr15
Bristow G-MCGN : Bristow Helicopters Apr15-Nov16, for Coast Guard
Bristow G-CJNV : Bristow Nov16-Dec17, new white livery; pictured (pic2) at Norwich
: 06Aug17 Info - to transfer to G-MCGN at end of 2017
92002 aw189 2014 G-MCGO : HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
RESCUE175 : pictured (pic1) on Hillhead Coastguard Rescue Team visit
CG175 : pictured (pic3) visiting HMS Blazer (P279, Archer class patrol vessel)
CG175 : pictured (pic4) near Chichester
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGO : AgustaWestland from Mar15
Bristow G-MCGO : Bristow for Coastguard
92003 aw189 2014 G-MCGP : Nov18 as /Coastguard /175 at Lee on Solent
: as /Rescue175 pictured (pic1) at homebase at Lee on Solent
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGP : AgustaWestland from Mar15
Bristow G-MCGP : Bristow d/d at Norwich
92005 aw189 2014 G-MCGS : HM CoastGuard from Jan17 at Solent District
: Nov18 as /Coastguard 175 Solent
: as Solent /Rescue175 pictured at St Mary's Hospital after assist of yach+
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGS : AgustaWestland Mar15-Sep16
Bristow G-MCGS : Bristow from Sep16, for Coastguard
92009 aw189 2018 G-MCGW : pictured (pic1) as Solent SAR
AgustaWestland UK G-MCGW : Leonardo MW Ltd Jan/May 2018
Bristow G-MCGW : Bristow from May18, for Coastguard
31208 aw139 2007 G-SARD : Solent District
: Solent District
CHC Scotia G-SARD : CHC Scotia Mar08-Nov18, for HM Coast Guard
CHC Helicopters Australia VH-RQY : CHC Australia from Dec18
Royal Australian Air Force VH-RQY : RAAF Rescue service 2019, op by CHC

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