Caernarfon Facility
H.M. Coastguard


Key Facts

Short Name:
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: Search and Rescue
Secondary Role: -
First Formed: 2015
Parent Unit: HMCG HQ
Current Status: Active


Caernarfon was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. It is the home for two Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue helicopters. The first helicopter arrived in May 2015. The facility was officially opened on 8 July 2015, but had already become operational on 1 July 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units



Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 7 May 2015 G-MCGJ

Unit Markings



Main Bases

Base Duration
Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd May 2015 – Present


None at present.

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3 thoughts on “Caernarfon Facility
H.M. Coastguard

  1. I live in Llanidloes Powys and on the evening of 19th June a Sikorsky S.92 was at low level to my NE eventually landing in the local rugby field. My grandson also a keen aircraft spotter managed to get a photo on his mobile which gave us the registration of G-MCGJ! I have dug around from my scant knowledge of HM Coastguard bases and use of the S.92 arriving on this site eventually. The S.92 has been seen several times around here of late at low level but the registration had beaten us until now!

  2. Just had a holiday at Morfa Lodge and passed the Caernarfon Coastguard site a couple of times a day. One of those days I noticed the priority traffic sign at the entrance to the site was wrong. The text reads ‘priority over oncoming vehicles’ which does not match with the actual road sign. Suggest the text gets removed or replaced sometime, before there’s an accident.

    Thanks for being there. Regards, Glyn

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