|Main Role:||Search and Rescue|
|Parent Unit:||HMCG HQ|
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.
|AgustaWestland AW139||2||Jun 2015|
|AgustaWestland AW189||2||? 2016|
|Lydd Airport, Kent||Jun 2015 – Present|
None at present.
To be added.