2016/17 has seen many changes in UK Search & Rescue, from the closing of bases & stations, to the transfer of numerous responsibilities to the National Maritime Operations Centre, including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC).

National Maritime Operations Centre

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 continues apace, with AW 189’s steadily replacing the smaller AW139’s.

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…

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our web site and hope you can help us, help those who now have need of our support. Join today….


2017 Annual General Meeting

The 41st Annual General Meeting of the Coastguard Association was held in the Parisienne Hotel, Blackpool on Saturday 18th March. Apart from your Committee and Trustees, 7 members attended representing mainly the South, SouthEast and East coasts branches.

The meeting had a full Agenda and it was generally agreed that 2016 had been the busiest year thus far for the Coastguard Association. There was lots of positive news both from the committee and from the members.  More assistance had been provided during 2016 overall than ever before.

On completion the group was welcomed at the Fleetwood Nautical Campus by Fleetwood Coastguard Station Officer Mark Sumner and DSO Rob Bennett, who both deliver training courses at the Campus.

Mark Sumner explaining the variety of training completed in the pool simulator…

Including the Helicopter Underwater Escape simulator

More affectionately known as the ‘Dunker!’

After the Pool simulator, we were taken to the Extensive Ship Navigation Simulator

Where some of us were allowed to show off our skills…or not as the case may be!

Hong Kong looked impressive as 3 tugs met us and escorted us to our berth…

Close Quarters manoeuvring was called for on occasion…

Then we were buzzed by all manner of SAR helicopters, many from bye-gone days…

Finally, we were given the helm of a 40 knot, 14M fast patrol jet launch and some of us did good…others, well let’s say the simulator crashed as well! The flexibility of this simulator is simply astounding. Tony, the simulator technician, was able to create a wide range of lifelike scenario’s designed to test the navigational expertise of mariners at any level, all in the safety of a bridge simulator.

The final visit was to the Engine Rom simulator, complete with electrical switch gear panel simulation. This very impressive piece of kit allows instructors to simulate slow time failures of any part of the ships propulsion and support systems, needing a very watchful engineering eye to keep it all up and running!

Fleetwood Nautical Campus is undoubtedly extremely well equipped to provide a diverse range of training to nautical students from around the world and we thank you for allowing us a brief insight to the courses that you deliver. Our special thanks goes to Mark Sumner for hosting a fabulous visit and for his patience in answering our never-ending stream of questions. Our thanks also to Rob Bennett, DSO who assisted Mark and to Tony Dunkiert the Simulator Technician, who obviously has one of the best jobs at the Campus!






Photo of the Month – March

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


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!





The Coastguard Association 2017 Diary & Almanac!

CGA Diary 2017

The CGA will be sending them out direct to Central Branch Members free of charge in the next few weeks.

If you are not a central branch member (i.e. you do not pay subs of £12.50 per year) then they will cost £5.00 each (which includes the cost of post and packing)

Please send your name and address together with cheques or postal orders made payable to the Coastguard Association to:-

The Coastguard Association Diary

8 Kinver Terrace
The Esplanade
Burnham on Sea

Betsy Rose Fundraising

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.

Betsy Rose CGA

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.”

Betsy Rose CGA 4charitiesJudith 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.