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SAR Chivenor

Volume 503: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the potential cost savings consequent on the proposed reduction of service at SAR Chivenor from 24 hours to 12 hours. (307995)

The future Search and Rescue Helicopter (SAR-H) service will use improved helicopters that will enable us to continue to meet our national and regional Search and Rescue requirements at night using only nine of the 12 bases.

The SAR-H competition for the future UK service is ongoing. Potential cost savings from the reduction of operating hours from 24 hours to 12 (day-time only) have been estimated to be in the order of £60 million over the planned 25-year life of the service.