AW189 aircraft fly into service at St Athan
The HM Coastguard St Athan SAR base has received two new Leonardo AW189 helicopters, which entered service for the first time on 24 September.
St Athan is one of the seven purpose-built sites created since Bristow took over UK SAR operations on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. The base is the fourth base in the UK to fly this new model of helicopter for SAR missions, following Lydd and Lee-on-Solent on the south coast, and Prestwick in Scotland.
The two new aircraft will replace two AW139 aircraft, which have been operating in South Wales and North Devon since October 2015.
Bristow delivers UK SAR services with advanced helicopters equipped with the latest SAR technology including night vision, mission management and increased onboard medical capabilities.
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