CHC Helicopter Awarded Search and Rescue Contract with Australian Navy

CHC Group announced it has begun operating a 15-month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales.

CHC Group announced May 7th, 2017 from its Australian headquarters in Perth that the company has begun operating a 15-month contract to provide Aviation Emergency Response services out of the Australian Navy base at Nowra, on the south coast of New South Wales.

Provision of the interim search and rescue, aeromedical evacuation (AME) and crash response services will be delivered at HMAS Albatross until the proposed commencement of an ADF wide contract in 2018. CHC now provides search and rescue, AME and crash response services to all three of the Australian Defence Force services in Australia. CHC now covers service provisions for the Royal Australian Air Force, the Army and the Navy beginning this month. An auto-hover capable AW139 has been delivered from CHC’s global pool of SAR assets and is compliant and certified to the latest standards for crash resistance. The machine has been used to successfully operate similar SAR services in the United Kingdom.

The AW139 aircraft at the Nowra base will provide search and rescue coverage for all naval helicopter operations in support of aircrew training and Royal Australian Navy Fleet exercises in the local sea training areas. “CHC is very proud to be awarded this interim contract with the Australian Navy and to be able to stand the service up quickly for them,” said Vince D’Rozario, Regional Director, CHC Asia Pacific. “I would like to thank Navy for the opportunity to serve them and recognize our experienced team at CHC who put this service together with speed and professionalism.”

CHC provides an extensive range of services around Australasia, providing a myriad of search and rescue capable aircraft and crews for the Australian Military, Oil and Gas operations and government sponsored search and rescue operations nationally and in surrounding countries in addition to providing a large share of the oil and gas transportation services to offshore rigs in Australia and other countries in the region.

CHC's newest AW139 put into service this month is VH-NVE that will service he Australian Navy in a search and rescue capability from the Nowra Navy base in New South Wales. CHC Photo.
CHC’s newest AW139 put into service this month is VH-NVE that will service a contract for the Australian Navy in a search and rescue capacity operating out of the Nowra Navy base in New South Wales. CHC Photo.
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Ryan Mason is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of Heliweb Magazine. Ryan has worked in the aviation industry for the last nine years working for multiple international aviation publications. Ryan has also written for law enforcement publications drawing on his years of experience as a police officer in the Midwest United States. You can reach Ryan at ryan@heliweb.com

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