Search-and-rescue contract goes to US company

The Department for Transport has confirmed the contract to run the UK's search-and-rescue helicopter service has gone to the US-headquartered Bristow Helicopters.

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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.