Search & rescue service sell-off

The Government has announced that Britain's search and rescue service has been sold off to a US firm for £1.6 billion, ending 70 years of operations by the RAF and the Royal Navy.

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Factfile: The Sea King helicopter

The Sea King helicopter has been in service for over four decades, with a distinguished history with the Search and Rescue service as well as other assignments.

  • The Sea King has operated in 10 wars and been involved in 15,000 rescue operations
  • It has saved more lives than any other aircraft
  • It is reportedly Prince William's favourite aircraft

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