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Milestone for Netherlands Defence Helicopter Command AB-412

1st July 2010 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The AB-412 rescue helicopter of the Defence Helicopter Command has performed its 100th Search and Rescue mission this year.

The unit airlifted a woman giving birth from Ameland to the hospital in Leeuwarden.

During the 100 rescues, the helicopter transported patients from various locations in the North Sea or from Terschelling, Vlieland and Ameland to hospitals on the mainland.

Last weekend the AB-412 assisted following an incident on Terschelling, which saw several people injured. The crew of the military helicopter operated along with two ambulances and a Bristow S-61 rescue helicopter.

The AB412s are operated from Leeuwarden Air Base by 303 Squadron, whose main role is to rescue pilots from the sea, they also operate on standby from the Vlieland during exercises at the Vliehors shooting range and air exercises over the North Sea.

The SAR role isn't only the job of the AB412s at Leeuwarden, but also the Lynx helicopters of Marine Air Station De Kooy in Den Helder are ready for day and night search and rescue operations. If necessary, they take each other's tasks and work together. The defense helicopters render assistance to the Coast Guard and the disaster relief and emergency agencies. All the aircraft are part of the Defence Helicopter Command.

Source: Netherlands Defence Helicopter Command

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