Building work for the 2015 Bristow SAR contract began on 2 Dec 2014. SAR coverage commenced on 4 October 2015, following closure of the service by the RAF 22 Squadron A Flt from RMB Chivenor.
Bristow Helicopters commenced SAR helicopter operations on behalf of HM Coastguard from the St Athan base on Sunday 4 Oct 2015 at 1pm with AW139 G-CILN
News about St. Athan sector
27-Sep-18 - HM Coastguard station St Athan, operated by a Bristow team of 20 in south Wales, received two AW189 helicopters to replace the current AW139. Is the fourth UK SAR base to fly this model #AW189
07-Sep-17 - St Athan HM Coastguard search and rescue (SAR) helicopter team completed its 500th mission since operated by Bristow from October 2015
04-Oct-16 - First anniversary of Bristow SAR AW139 operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency from St Athan
15-Oct-15 - The launch of the St Athan civilian UK search and rescue (SAR) helicopter service was marked with a ceremony held at the new SAR base at St Athan airfield.
05-Oct-15 - An AW139 SAR helicopter based at St Athan in Wales carried out the first operational mission. Bristow Helicopters commenced SAR helicopter operations on behalf of HM Coastguard October 4.
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St. Athan sector List of helicopters
|C/N||Version||Built||In this Org||In other Org|
|31586||aw139||2014|| G-CILN : Coastguard /Rescue187;
carried out the first operational sortie by the u+ || G-CILN |
|92003||aw189||2014|| G-MCGP : atMOD St Athan, South Wales |
: asg St Athan in exercise with NPAS G-NWOI
| G-MCGP |
|92005||aw189||2014|| G-MCGS : || G-MCGS |
|92007||aw189||2014|| G-MCGU : St Athan as /CG187 |
: precautionary landing after burning smell and heating insulation entered c+
| G-MCGU |
|92009||aw189||2018|| G-MCGW : Feb19 at St Athan |
| G-MCGW |
|92010||aw189||2018|| G-MCGX : as /CoastGuard187 at St Athan || G-MCGX |