Old 17th Dec 2014, 16:36
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OvertHawk
 
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What people are trying to explain is that the oil and gas exploration contract won by Bristow will almost certainly have a SAR component within it exclusively to protect the drilling rig and the crewchange aircraft. These are likely to be the SAR capable machines to which you refer. The fact that one of them is in CG colours is likely reflective of nothing more than what aircraft were available in the Bristow fleet at the time.

Inclusion of self protecting SAR capability within an O&G exploration contract is not uncommon and has been included in previous Falklands O&G contracts too.

This SAR coverage is entirely separate from the permanent SAR contract to take over from the RAF.

Last edited by OvertHawk; 18th Dec 2014 at 15:23. Reason: Just noticed that my response coincided with Crab. Did not mean to repeat what he had said.
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