2016/17 saw many changes in UK Search & Rescue, from the closing of bases & stations, to the transfer of numerous responsibilities to the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC), including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC). 2018 has seen those changes continue, with the addition of the Satellite Mission Control hub to the NMOC and with many changes to to Coastguard Rescue Service equipment and protocols. This year we say farewell to pagers and hello to SmartPhones for many Coastguard Rescue Officers.
The replacement of our much-loved RAF bionic budgie, RN Ace of Clubs & Coastguard S61N’s to the brand new Coastguard Helicopter fleet and repositioned bases is completed, with AW 189’s now having largely replaced the smaller AW139’s, and the S92 now all firmly established in their shiny new bases and all doing great work across the United Kingdom in the HM Coastguard livery.
But let us never forget that new buildings, technology and machines are nothing without the men and women that operate them, either remaining in service today within Future Coastguard or now watching from the sidelines having contributed so much over the years. It is unfortunate that difficulties with the recruitment and retention of new Coastguards at the NMOC continues.
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The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association is scheduled to take place on Saturday 23rd March 2019 at the Tontine Hotel in Greenock. This is always a great opportunity to meet the committee members either socially or during the AGM, and to share thoughts and ideas. If you can make it, we would love to meet you there? Put the date in your diary now…
The 42nd Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association took place at 10:00 on Saturday 24th March at the Muckleburgh Military Collection Museum, Weybourne Camp, Weybourne Road, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7EH.
Congratulations to the Sherringham Branch of the CGA for being nominated the Chairman’s Branch of the Year!
To download the 2018 CGA minutes click the link below:
The NMOC Football Team looking resplendent in the CGA Football Kit!
We have now entered into the English Football Associations Peoples Cup and have our first qualifying match on Sunday 26th February where we will be wearing the Kit and promoting the Coastguard Association. We are also looking at entering the Civil Service Sports Club Games 2017 based up at Loughbrough University to again represent both HM Coastguard and the Coastguard Association.
I have attached a picture of us all after the football match against HQ (beat them 5-1!) looking very jubilant. Kind Regards and Many Thanks – Daniel Winter
The 2017 contingent for Remembrance Sunday seem happy that the standing and parading is finally over, and didn’t they do the service proud!
So much really good operational, prevention and fundraising work is done around the coast and then captured on Smartphones or cameras. If you have a great photo with a Coastguard theme why don’t you share with us at
Who knows, it might become our photo of the month! Remember though, every penny helps and we do thank you for all your efforts….
An unusual backdrop of a Coastguard helicopter was chosen for a major cheque presentation which took place on Wednesday 28 September 2016 at Bembridge Airport, Isle of Wight.
The magnificent sum of £35,000 was raised by Tesco and the tireless efforts of Leanda and Neil Riley, the parents of Betsy Rose Riley who lost her fight for life at Southampton General Hospital in March this year.
Born 15 weeks prematurely and suffering from a rare condition, Betsy Rose lived for just 52 heartbreaking days. During this time Leanda and Neil Riley from the Isle of Wight were able to have free ‘home away from home’ accommodation nearby at Ronald McDonald House Southampton.
Betsy Road Riley cheque presentation for the four charities benefitting from a summer of fundraising by the Riley family, particularly a Betsy Rose Ramble and in-store fundraising in July by Tesco staff, are Southampton Hospital Charity, The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Coastguard Association and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Betsy’s mum, Leanda Riley, says: “We wanted to raise as much money as possible for these charities as they are so close to our hearts after helping us care for our daughter. The time we spent with Betsy Rose will always be the most treasured time of our lives and we owe so many thanks to everyone who help us and enabled us to have our special moments with her.”
Judith Stephens, Events and Community Fundraiser at Southampton Hospital Charity, says: “We are so thankful to the Riley family and Tesco stores for raising around £9,000 for the neonatal unit in Southampton. The walk was an incredible collaboration between all four charities, and was very successful in promoting each cause.”
The total raised was divided between the 4 charities and CGA Chairman Stuart Arundel and members from Ventnor Coastguards were on hand to receive a cheque on behalf of the Association and to express thanks for the fantastic efforts of everyone involved.