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A Royal Navy search and rescue (SAR) helicopter winchman is pictured during a night time exercise.

Culdrose 771 Search and Rescue aircraft, are tasked weekly to by the Coastguard, to help various emergency agencies from Fire Brigade, Ambulance service and lifeguards, to help in the search and rescue of injured and stranded people around the coast of Cornwall.

The training exercise not only tests the pilot’s ability to keep the aircraft in the hover, but also tests the winch men, who have to be lowered in all weather conditions.

For nearly half a century, 771 Naval Air Squadron – known as the Ace of Clubs – has lived up to its motto non nobis solum – ‘not unto us alone’, or in 21st-Century speak, ‘for the greater good’.

Our Sea Kings are scrambled at least 200 times a year, and the figure is rising. 771’s helicopters, which feature the squadron’s unofficial Ace of Clubs logo, provide search and rescue cover for the Western Approaches: that’s the Cornish peninsula, the Isles of Scilly and the Atlantic/Channel to a distance of 200 nautical miles.

That can mean mariners in distress or holidaymakers, walkers, climbers, divers and surfers in difficulty around the Cornish coast The helicopters are also called upon to ferry patients/injured people to hospital in the West Country.

One of the helicopters is at 15 minutes’ notice to fly by day, 45 by night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a second aircraft on the Culdrose tarmac ready to join it in the skies should the emergency demand.

Photographer: LA(Phot) Dave Sterratt
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