£20m contract maintains South Atlantic helicopter service

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03 February  2005

UK troops and other Defence personnel working in the British Forces South Atlantic Islands will continue to be served into the next decade by a civilian helicopter service thanks to a new contract awarded by the DLO.

The DLO’s Helicopter & Island Combined IPT has recently awarded a £20 million contract to Veritair Ltd. (trading as British International) for the provision of what is known as the Civil Owned Civil Operated helicopter service for the Headquarters British Forces South Atlantic Islands (BFSAI).

HelicopterTwo Sikorski S61N helicopters will carry out a range of logistics related tasks that include the delivery and collection of personnel and supplies, movement of equipment, and re-supply of shore based facilities at remote sites.

The service is scheduled to start on 1 July 2006, although this may be brought forward by a year to replace the current service provided by the Defence Transport and Movement Agency. The contract is for five years and runs until 30 June 2011.

Lt Col John Sherman, Team Leader of the Helicopter & Island Combined IPT said:

“The Civil Owned Civil Operated helicopter service is vitally important for those based in the South Atlantic. It provides a number of different services, ranging from delivering military spares and supplies to moving personnel around, to those on the islands and ships patrolling in the area.

“I look forward to seeing the British International service commencing later this year, some twelve months earlier than originally foreseen. The contract also secures the future of the South Atlantic service up until 2011.”  

Last Updated: 8 Feb 05