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Royal Navy rescue helicopters fly their final Northern Ireland mission

By David Young

Published 01/01/2016

Sea King Helicopter Rescue 177 from HMS Gannet Prestwick Scotland
Sea King Helicopter Rescue 177 from HMS Gannet Prestwick Scotland

Yesterday marked the end of an era for the Royal Navy's Search and Rescue service in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

The Navy's Sea King helicopters have been saving lives in Northern Ireland and Scotland for more than 30 years.

The impressive choppers were in action earlier this week, airlifting passengers from a bus trapped in floods near Dailley, Ayrshire, as Storm Frank battered Scotland.

But starting today, Sikorsky helicopters, which will be operated by the private contractors Bristow, will be used in rescues on behalf of HM Coastguard.

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