The history of the US military’s helicopter rescue squad in Iceland came to an end yesterday when the last helicopter was placed on board a large transport aircraft that will fly it to the UK. Some 20 members of the military left along with the last two helicopters in the last week. This is reported by RÚV and VÍSIR online.
The helicopter squad was set up in Iceland in 1971 as an auxiliary to the main squad in England. Since that time, it has saved over 300 lives and performed many remarkable rescue feats. The Icelandic Coast Guard Flight now assumes full responsibility for rescue operations.