The region's only search and rescue helicopter base - at Wattisham in Suffolk - is to be axed after the service was privatised.
Britain's search-and-rescue helicopter service, which employs the Duke of Cambridge, is to be run by Bristow Helicopters, the Government announced today.
The award of the £1.6 billion deal ends 70 years of a service run by the RAF and Royal Navy squadrons.
It also spells the end of the use of Sea King helicopters - flown by William - in search-and-rescue (SAR) work.
Under the new contract, 22 state-of-the-art helicopters will operate from 10 locations around the UK.
More top news
After a cloudy start with outbreaks of rain, drier weather will spread from the west this evening with some clear spells developing.
Two men have been taken to hospital after they were stabbed in broad daylight at a shopping mall in Luton.
A world record-breaking replica of the Bayeux Tapestry has gone on display in Woodbridge in Suffolk.