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Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges
Limited edition 40 years of the CGA badge. Available from www.coastguardassociation.org.uk/badges

 

The Coastguard Association are delighted to welcome you to our web site and hope you can help us celebrate 40 years of the CGA.

 

Just Giving Page

We are delighted to announce that the Coastguard Association now has it’s very own presence on the Just Giving Website, which means that you can easily start fundraising for us online by:

  • Organising your own event in aid of the CGA – a fun run or coffee morning, or perhaps a sponsored kayak
  • Setting yourself a Personal Challenge in aid of the CGA – maybe your first 10k run, perhaps a sponsored swim or even a sponsored weight loss!
  • Want to make your 10th year anniversary with the coastguard? – then why not set up a special occasion fundraising event… perfect for birthdays too!
  • Or you can create a page to raise support or in memory of someone close to your heart…

It is really easy to do – just follow this link for more details: Virgin Just Giving for the Coastguard.

Just Giving with Virgin
Just Giving with Virgin

Did you know you can also use this web site to:

  • Make a donation to the Coastguard Association or
  • Make a monthly donation

Please share this exciting news by clicking the share links below or sharing the web address: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/coastguardassociation  … we can’t wait to share with you details of the first planned fundraising event – do drop us an email to pr@coastguardassociation.org.uk if you would like to share your story or get others to donate to donate to your great cause!

Create your own Fundraising event for the Coastguard Association

 

100 Years of Jutland..

May 31st 2016 marked the 100 year anniversary of Battle of Jutland, where Coastguards were mobilised into the Royal Navy.

“Most of the Coast Guard were mobilised into the Royal Navy and they suffered very heavy losses. Three old cruisers HMS Aboukir, HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue were torpedoed by a German U-boat in September 1914 while they were patrolling the southern approaches to the North Sea. Because the weather was so bad, it was thought that the submarines could not operate so the destroyer escort was withdrawn. Of the 2,200 men aboard these ships, more than 1,400 were drowned and most of these were Coast Guards. Other reserve ships, partly manned by Coast Guards which were lost, were the cruisers HMS Hawke, torpedoed off Scapa Flow with a loss of 600 men, and HMS Formidable, torpedoed of Start Point with a loss of 547 men. A temporary mortuary was set up at what is now the Coastguard Training School and according to one report, it was so full of bodies that fishermen were told to leave in the sea any other bodies trawled up. HMS Good Hope and HMS Monmouth also partly manned by Coast Guards were sunk in an engagement with the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau at the Battle of Coronel off the Coast of South America. The entire companies of these ships were lost.”

The above is a transcript from a history of the coastguard. Although I think coastguard casualties were slight at Jutland. There were major actions and casualties over the  1914-18 period. “

The information above was kindly forwarded to us Ian Stewart, Station Officers at HM Coastguard Seahorses.

If you would like to read more about what is widely considered the only major naval battle of World War One please follow the links below:

The CGA 40th AGM

The Coastguard Association’s 39th AGM was held on the 19th March 2016 at the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham by kind permission of the Chief Coastguard – Keith Oliver.

The event was attended by various representatives from around the UK, including Sir Alan Massey, Chief Executive, Retired and servicing coastguard, Coastwatch, RNLI and Severne Rescue.

Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
Pre-meeting registration at the National Maritime Operations Centre with Sir Alan Massey
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operatons Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operations Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operatons Centre
CGA AGM at the National Maritime Operations Centre

We were delighted to have Don attend from the Gideon’s who presented the chair with a commemorative bible and helped us launch the CGA / Gideon bible as part of our 40th year celebrations.

Launch of the Gideon's Bibles
Launch of the Gideon’s Bibles
CGA AGM - 40th years celebrations
CGA AGM – 40th years celebrations
Presentation to Terry for 40 years service to the CGA
Presentation to Terry for 40 years service to the CGA

Mark Rodaway, Maritime Operations Commander gave a fascinating insight into the developments in the Coastguard Agency at the National Maritime Operations Centre.

Presentation by Mark Rodaway, Chief Commander Operations about the changes in the Coastguard Service.
Presentation by Mark Rodaway, Chief Commander Operations about the changes in the Coastguard Service.
National Martime Operations Centre
National Maritime Operations Centre

The CGA AGM attendees were then invited to tour the new state of the art training centre and the flight at HMS Daedalus and were shown how HM Coastguard is embracing the future.

A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
Tourof the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tourof the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
Tour of the training facilities at the Maritime and Coastal Agency Training Centre
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus
A tour of the flight at HMS Daedalus

The secretary on behalf of the CGA would like to thank everyone for coming and helping make the day so special.

A copy of the Coastguard Association AGM Minutes 2016 and the CGA Accounts 2015 are available here.

CGA and Gideons Partnership

The Coastguard Association are delighted to announce that they have partnered with Gidoen’s UK to launch a special edition Gideon Bible available for all Coastguard and Seafarers around the UK, in their 40th year.

Launch of the Gideon's Bibles
Launch of the Gideon’s Bibles

Don Gardner, Trustee Gideons International Zone 8 was delighted to be attended our 40th AGM and present the CGA Chairman with a unique CGA Gideon Bible, and copies to all attendees present.

This Gideon special edition includes the CGA prayer, information on how to contact the CGA and is available through your local Gideon’s branch on request, or direct to Don

CGA Gideon Bibles
CGA Gideon Bibles

We are delighted to have been invited to participate in this project.