A chopper that was tasked for anti-submarine operations is now deployed ‘for the greater good’ In 1975, the sinking of the cargo ship the Lovat with the loss of 11 lives in rough seas off Penzance raised questions about the effectiveness of Whirlwind helicopters for use in sea rescues. The Guardian leader column below was published in the aftermath of the Lovat tragedy and echoed the growing call for the more powerful Sea King helicopters to be used instead.
1975: Sea King helicopter heralds new era in search and rescue
Surveillance aircraft will be deployed to assist farmers in mountainous areas affected by heavy snowfall, says minister Military helicopters have been deployed to carry out food drops to animals in isolated rural areas in Northern Ireland cut off by the snow.
Army helicopters in Northern Ireland to drop food to snow-stricken animals
A yachtsman overcome by stormy weather in the Atlantic has been rescued by the Royal Navy’s Cornwall-based Search and Rescue squadron.
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Royal Navy helicopter crew plucks yachtsman from stormy seas
As Head of the Public Weather Service for the past three years, Iain Forsyth explains the crucial role of Public Weather Service (PWS) advisors in saving lives and protecting the UK’s infrastructure and economy from damage caused by the weather.
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Why we all count on the Public Weather Service
A fortnight of heavy rain across parts of Helmand province has seen British troops offer assistance to locals worst hit by the weather.
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2 SCOTS offer assistance to rain-battered Afghans