Helicopter service must not suffer
SIR - I understand the Government is close to announcing the results of the contract to run the Country s Search-and-Rescue Service. This �5billion project will replace the Sea King helicopters and dispense with the majority of RAF and Navy staff. It is u
SIR - I understand the Government is close to announcing the results of the contract to run the Country's Search-and-Rescue Service.
This �5billion project will replace the Sea King helicopters and dispense with the majority of RAF and Navy staff.
It is understood that two bids have been received - one from Soteria (the French defence company, Thales, Royal Bank of Scotland and CHC, the helicopter operator and also AirKnight (representing the VT Group, American Lockheed Martin and British International Helicopters).
It is suggested that the aircraft fleet falls by between 25 and 30 because of the arguments of speed and lower maintenance.
You may also want to watch:
When the preferred bidder is chosen, the Government plans for contracts to be in place for the change to be effective in 2012 but in terms of our cover here in North Devon, the question has to be asked - how long has our elected Member known of this plan and the likely reduction in the cover provided at present by Chivenor and what representations were made at the earliest possible stages? In the meantime, we should continue to protest at any threat to this valuable cover.
Over the years, the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Coastguard have built a phenomenal reputation for saving lives. The future provision of quality Search and Rescue is uppermost in all our minds, regardless of how the service is provided.
- 1 Northam Murder: Carer guilty of brutal murder of frail widow
- 2 Woman reportedly assaulted at Bideford park - Police seek witnesses
- 3 Man dies after 'single vehicle collision' on the A386
- 4 Man dies after crash involving two lorries and a motorbike near Torrington
- 5 Northam Murder: Judge tells jury to put aside emotion
- 6 Evidence of damage found at Iron Age monument near Ilfracombe
- 7 Barnstaple Fair set to return for 2021 - 'May the show go on!'
- 8 £60,000 street marshal investment to make North Devon safer
- 9 Lockdown breaker caught dealing cannabis in Barnstaple
- 10 Plan for 173 homes on Torrington Creamery site approved despite no affordable homes
The Conservative Aviation and Shipping Spokesman, Julian Brazier, has visited the Department for a full briefing on the proposals from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, as well as visiting Coastguard operations and the RNLI and holding discussions with other interested parties to ensure there is no compromise of safety with future services.
The people of the South West have a right to know that however these services are provided in the future, they will have the same degree of protection they have come to enjoy.
Philip J Milton
Prospective Member of Parliament
for North Devon