A company from Texas has been awarded a £1.6bn contract to run the UK’s search and rescue helicopter service. This will include re-instating a rescue helicopter at Manston Airport and maintaining the service at Lee-on-Solent.
Helicopter rescues have been mainly carried out by the RAF and Royal Navy for more than half a century. Bristow, a provider of helicopter services to the offshore energy industry, will run the service from 2015.
More top news
A lorry driver who crashed into a bridge on the M20 in Kent - injuring a motorcyclist - has been spared jail.
A £25 billion gap in the Defence budget could mean further cuts to Navy personnel and ships, despite previous praise from the Government.
Thursday's evening forecast for the West of the region