New chopper expected in days

| 13/03/2019 | 21 Comments
Cayman News Service

H145 helicopter (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS): Government officials have said that the new Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter is being fast-tracked to arrive in the Cayman Islands sooner than expected, after the existing machine was damaged recently in a crash landing at the airport. The new chopper, which is being jointly funded by the Cayman and UK governments and will be used by police, border patrol and the new coast guard service went it gets underway, should be here in matter of days. In a press release from the offices of both the premier and the governor, officials said an agreement had been made with Airbus Helicopters for the new machine’s delivery to be sped-up. 

The new custom-made H145 helicopter will be used alongside the RCIPS’ existing chopper once the repairs have been completed to that machine and it is returned to service. In the meantime it will plug the hole for the RCIPS Air Operations Unit. The helicopter is expected to boost Cayman’s capability in the areas of search and rescue, law enforcement and border protection operations.

The aircraft will also be used to respond to disasters and other emergency situations in other UK Caribbean Overseas Territories.

“We are grateful to the Air Operations Unit (AOU) and Airbus Helicopters for their work to ensure that the new helicopter can be deployed so quickly,” Governor Martyn Roper said in the release.

“This will help to ensure the safety and security of the territory whilst the existing helicopter is out of action and is a significant step-up in our law enforcement capability. I would also like to commend the two pilots from the AOU who managed to land their aircraft safely after what was an unforeseeable technical failure. That manoeuvre clearly took some skill and quick thinking and I am relieved that nobody was seriously injured,” he added.

Premier Alden McLaughlin said, “I appreciate the expediency of the arrival of the new helicopter to help pick up the work of the damaged aircraft to aid in our continued efforts of providing support for security, law enforcement and disaster response for the Cayman Islands and our Caribbean Overseas Territories. The new helicopter will be an invaluable tool to help support our new Coast Guard agency as well as our broader security groups.”

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Category: Crime, Crime Prevention, Local News, Police

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  1. frequent lier says:

    At least it’s not manufactured by Boeing.

  2. Anonymous says:

    as a native living in these islands…i am so happy with the success of the RCIP in curbing crime and drugs coming into them….over the last few years.. keep up the good work …..☺?

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic news, respect for getting it delivered ahead of time. I am sure it will proof itself in no time.

    @CNS, for all the typical negative comments to come…the picture shows the “type of aircraft” not “RCIPS’ new helicopter”, (Unless it flew in Italy before) 🙂

    CNS:
    The labelling supplied by government was “The new H145 aircraft”, which I took to mean the actual helicopter, but I’ll double check.
    Update: You’re correct, it’s the same type. I’ll change the caption.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    Great. Another invasion of privacy buzzing around the skies.

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    • Cess Pita says:

      11.18pm If you walk around naked in your yard that’s tough. Focus your “brain” on all the benefits this will bting in reducing crime and assisting in accidents/medical evacuations.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well said 11:18. Having two heliocopters will double the noise and further ruin our once peaceful Island. #WEONLYNEEDONE

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have been watching this story very closely. I have no life.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Where is the report on the damaged heli?

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Ooops. I saw that picture first before reading the article and thought the chopper had already arrived and was flying over Mount Trashmore.

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  8. Tom says:

    Fantastic news!

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