Royal Navy

Final ceremony marks end of Royal Navy's rescue Sea King base HMS Gannet

The flag has finally been lowered at a rescue base in a ceremony ending 44 years of history. HMS Gannet, home to the Royal Navy’s Sea King helico...

05 February 2016

Royal Navy helicopter heroes plan final fly-past over mountain rescue scenes

Royal Navy search and rescue helicopter crew members will make a final fly-past of some of the scenes of their most daring operations this week.

11 January 2016

Royal Navy Sea King rescue crews go out on a high as final shift begins

Crews at the UK’s busiest search and rescue helicopter base have started their final shift. The men and women who fly the Royal Navy’s Sea King...

31 December 2015

Lake District felltop assessors continue despite Storm Desmond 'ripping apart' office

The Lake District’s two felltop assessors have vowed their work will carry on despite their base being ‘ripped apart’ by flood water.

08 December 2015

Royal Navy Sea King makes first rescue landing on hospital pad 14 storeys up

A Royal Navy rescue helicopter has ‘christened’ a new landing pad at a Scottish hospital. The helipad is perched 14 storeys above ground at Sou...

21 May 2015

Navy crewman Robin Suckling awarded for bravery for Buachaille Etive Mòr rescue

A Royal Navy helicopter crewman who carried out a rescue in storm-force winds on a Highlands mountain has received a bravery award.

03 March 2015

Navy Sea King forced to land during rescue of Ben Nevis climbers

A search and rescue helicopter had to make an unscheduled landing while taking part in an operation to help missing climbers on the UK’s highest mountain.

11 January 2015

Injured walker airlifted from Sgùrr Dhomhnuill in Ardgour

A walker was airlifted from a remote Ardgour mountain after injuring his leg. The crew of a Royal Navy Sea King search and helicopter winched the m...

11 March 2014

New private rescue helicopters will fly in Coastguard colours

Britain’s privatised search and rescue helicopters will carry the livery of HM Coastguard when the service is introduced in 2015.

03 November 2013

'Lump in the throat' as public greets Royal Navy rescue crews' fly-past

Aircrews from the Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopters made an emotional final tour of Scottish communities today.

14 January 2016

HMS Gannet crest will hang in new Bristow helicopter rescue crews' base

The crest of the former Royal Navy helicopter rescue base will hang in the new civilian service’s crewroom in recognition of the history and heritage of the Scottish operation.

05 January 2016

Poignant moment for rescuers as HMS Gannet Sea King heads to great hangar in sky

Rescuers have said a fond farewell to a workhorse that has been involved in hundreds of operations helping outdoor enthusiasts in distress.

14 December 2015

Civilian rescue crews start training as Navy Sea King service nears end

Civilian rescue helicopter crews are to start training following the arrival of a new aircraft at its Scottish base.

07 November 2015

Inverness rescue helicopter base officially opened as Sea King service nears end

The civilian search and rescue helicopter base at Inverness was officially launched as the RAF and Royal Navy service entered its final few days in the area.

22 March 2015

Royal Navy's HMS Gannet rescue helicopters notch up busiest ever January

Crews at the Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopter base in Scotland had their busiest January on record.

06 February 2015

Three children among group airlifted from Torridon bothy after river floods

A group of walkers and their dog had to be rescued after getting cut off by a fast-flowing river at a remote Torridon bothy.

14 August 2014

Navy Sea King crew airlifts lost walkers from Beinn Ghlas in heavy snow

Two walkers were airlifted to safety from a Highland peak by a Royal Navy helicopter crew flying in heavy snow in darkness.

30 December 2013

Royal Navy seeks rescue memories from walkers helped by its crews

Have you been fortunate – or perhaps unfortunate – to have been rescued by one of the Royal Navy’s search and rescue helicopters.

07 August 2013


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