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….



Multi-Agency 5-a-side Football & BBQ

On the 8th May we held a charity 5 a side football knockout competition at Staples Vegetables near Boston, Lincolnshire.

We had 8 teams take part including a fire brigade and Coastguard teams. During the day we had a free BBQ for all to enjoy. We also had a tombola and donation buckets being passed around.

We are very proud to announce that we raised £540 for both The Coastguard Association and LIVES first responders!

We will be getting the cheques out as soon as possible!

Kim Burrell


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!


To download the 2017 CGA minutes click the link below:

CGA 2017 AGM Minutes






Photo of the Month – May! (Keep those photos rolling in please!)

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