The Department for Transport announced Tuesday that Houston, Texas-based, Bristow Group has won a 1.6 billion pound ($2.4 billion) contract to operate the service, which for 70 years has been run by Royal Navy and Royal Air Force squadrons.
Bristow Managing Director Mike Imlach said the company would replace Britain's aging Sea Kings with more advanced helicopters to provide a better service. But unions said they were concerned about the privatization.
Prince William flies a Sea King on rescue missions for the Royal Air Force.
His tour is due to end later this year, before the air force stops its search and rescue operations in 2016.
MORE HBJ HEADLINES
EdCC gets infusion of equipment thanks to Boeing deal Epix movies to jump to Hulu from Netflix Seattle eyes novel approach to let Uber drivers unionize Android watch software to work with iPhones Jeep recalling 206,668 Cherokee SUVs for wiper defect Warren Buffett buys stake in major oil refiner 1:42 p.m.
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.