Britain's search and rescue service, which employs Prince William as a helicopter pilot, will be taken out of military control and run by a private US firm. The government said it had signed a £1.6 billion ($2.4 billion, 1.9 billion euro) contract with Texas-based Bristow Helicopters.
The Royal Air Force (RAF) and the Royal Navy have run the rescue service for more than 70 years, but will now withdraw and retire their fleet of Sea King helicopters.The US firm will provide emergency air support for climbers, walkers and people who find themselves in trouble at sea. The contract is set to run from 2015 to 2026.
Source: Voice of Russia.