Prestwick 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


Preswick was one of the new bases established under the ten-year UK SAR contract awarded to Bristow Helicopters in March 2013. Due to issues with the full certification of the AgustaWestland AW189 search and rescue helicopter, two Sikorsky S-92s were used instead for the first year of operations. The first helicopter arrived in November 2015. The facility was officially opened on 17 December 2015, and became operational on 1 January 2016. The service is available 24 hours a day.

Subordinate Units



Type Qty Service Example Serials
Sikorsky S-92 2 Nov 2015  
AgustaWestland AW189 2 ? 2016  

Unit Markings



Main Bases

Base Duration
Prestwick Airport, South Ayrshire Nov 2015 – Present


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