Irish Air Corps ‘could be retrained for search and rescue’

A British helicopter firm has said handing some of the responsibility to the Air Corps would expand its range of skills

The Irish Air Corps has submitted a proposal outlining how it could provide search and rescue

The Irish Air Corps could easily be trained to resume search and rescue operations in the Irish Sea, a British company that specialises in teaching military helicopter pilots has said.

The current search and rescue contract with CHC Ireland, a private operator, is due to end in 2023. The Department of Transport is currently undertaking a consultative process ahead of putting the new contract, worth an estimated €700 million out to tender.

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