Originally Posted by Polwart
I am wondering if that means you would rather be rescued by RN/RAF than the CG? If not then does it matter - whos budget it comes from (and is it not better to have a dedicated rescue service?). As I understand it the CG heli's are already operated under private contracts anyway...
I'm happy to be rescued by anyone, should the need arise :-). The way I see it, the RN and RAF need to have a SAR capability (and in broader terms a helo fleet) to meet their primary function of defence ops. In order to maintain this capability they will need a certain number of hours flying time on ops / training, as well as maintenance infrastructure etc. Surely it is a good use of resources if this time and cost can be used to rescue civilians?
If it is accepted that the RN and RAF need to maintain this capability for their primary function, then the CG helo fleet becomes an additional cost rather than a redirected cost, in which case why spend the money? If it has been decided that the RN and RAF don't need to have a SAR capability or the existing size of helo fleet then that is a whole different can of worms.
I'm certainly not knocking the CG helo teams, who as you have said already operate out of 4 stations around the UK.