Originally Posted by Maximus
I was sad to see (after 70 pluss years) all our AIR SEA RESCUE will now be run by a U.S Private company
....Who won the Tendering Process...At a cost to the Tax payer of 1.6 Billion per anum!!... Big Boots to Fill for SURE!
Nice sentiment, but no substance.
Read this: Linky
Bristow will run the operation along similar grounds to CHC, a Canadian company who run your SAR operations for you in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Actually, they run our
SAR operations in Northern Ireland for YOU, but that's another story.
My personal experience is that these companies will employ local talent, typically ex RAF in your case and their local bases support the UK economy. The crews are very well managed and train relentlessly. In the case of CHC, they have provided heroic SAR cover here for years - conducting missions far out over the Atlantic and on high ground in all sorts of conditions. The only thing that it will cost the UK taxpayers is the little bit of profit that gets repatriated to the US, if any. The RAF could never hope to provide the same or better service for the same money.
I note that Bristow have proposed building the aircraft required in Yeovil, providing huge employment close to you Maximus, I hope they fit the hatches