Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first AW139

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AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce that the Italian Coast Guard has taken delivery of its first AW139 medium twin helicopter during an official ceremony held at AgustaWestland's Vergiate plant in Italy. The AW139 will perform a range of missions including maritime patrol, search and rescue (SAR) and emergency medical services. Three more AW139s will be delivered in the coming months. The first Italian Coast Guard aircraft of this type is also the 300th AW139 delivered so far.

Due to the AW139's outstanding capabilities, the Italian Coast Guard's maritime patrol and SAR services around the Italian coast line and in its maritime economic exclusive zone will be greatly enhanced.

Alessandro Parrini, Senior Vice President Italian Government Business Unit, said "We are delighted to add the Italian Coast Guard to the long list of coast guard and SAR operators worldwide who are already using the AW139 for these demanding duties. The AW139 has rapidly become the new generation medium twin of choice for such missions. It will allow the Italian Coast Guard to continue to play a key role in monitoring, protecting and assisting people around Italy's shores."

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