As the search and rescue role is transferred from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force to civilian operators the military crews who will see the end of their vital duties have been given the Award of Honour from the Honourable Company of Air Pilots citing both courage and the highest standards of airmanship. The annual awards are regarded as being among the world’s most premier aviation accolades and are particularly noteworthy because the recipients are selected by fellow flyers.
Bristow Helicopters will become the leading provider of search and rescue (SAR) services in the UK, on behalf of HM Coastguard having been awarded the UK SAR contract in April 2015. As part of the contract Bristow have offered employment to the military crews many of whom have now signed their contracts with the company ready for when their respective units stand down and their military careers end. By the summer of 2017 Bristow will operate 10 coastguard helicopter bases around the UK which will bring to an end 60 years of military search and rescue in the UK.