Come the New Year, Britain will no longer have rescue cover provided by the military. The Royal Air Force has already ceased Search and Rescue (SAR) operations. More than 74 years of history came to an end with the closure of the last RAF SAR base in the UK in May. RMB Chivenor in Devon was the last of six RAF Search and Rescue Stations to close. And New Year's Eve will see the Royal Navy's Sea Kings fly for the final time. Claire Sadler looks at the colourful history of SAR in the British military.