We say a big cheers to Trinidad and Tobago. The country’s first ever search-and-rescue unit has taken proper shape. The first two pilots on the AgustaWestland AW139 were promoted to Commanding Officers, a milestone in the maturing of the Air Guard of the small island nation, situated off the coast of Venezuela.
The Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard flies four multi-mission AW139s, serviced by five engineers of the Civil Aviation Authority of the country. The commanding officer promotion ceremony took place at the Ulrich Cross Air Station
As of November 2014, the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard has flown over 5,000 hours and has been instrumental in aiding in security during high-profile events, including Carnival, and conducted operational sorties to include day/night SAR missions (onshore and offshore), patrol and surveillance, firefighting, troop transportation and fast roping, life-saving medevac rescues, VIP transportation, disaster relief, and deck landings.
Following the establishment of the Trinidad and Tobago Air Guard in 2005, and the subsequent deliveries of AW139s in 2011, a consortium led by AgustaWestland was established to manage the program in Trinidad and Tobago with training services to be supplied in Italy, the UK and the USA.