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 (NMOC), including those of the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC). 2017/2018 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.

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 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.

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our website 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


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