Lydd 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


Lydd was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Originally Manston Airport had been selected as the South East SAR base, but the closure of that facility in May 2014 lead to a temporary change of venue. The change in base location was made permanent on 13 April 2016. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two AgustWestland AW139s were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in June 2015. There was no official opening of the facility due to its temporary nature, but the formal decision on a permanent base has allowed construction of a new hangar to begin. The helicopters became operational on 14 August 2015. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units



Type Qty Service Example Serials
AgustaWestland AW139 2 Jun 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  

Unit Markings



Main Bases

Base Duration
Lydd Airport, Kent Jun 2015 – Present


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