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.
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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To make it easier to find the correct person to help with your query please view below the key responsibilities of the National Committee and their contact details:
To ensure the smooth running of the Coastguard Association and to give advice to all Branches, regarding welfare and financial needs.
To ensure the committee fulfils the aims set out by the constitution and acts in the interest of its members.
To liaise closely with all National Committee members, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Almoner, Secretary for Retired Officers, Public Relations Officer and Central Branch Secretary.
Name: Stuart Arundel
Telephone: 01507 358446 / 07963785981 – If Important PLEASE ring as emails are not always answered quickly
Address: Highfield Lodge, Bank End, North Somercotes, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 7LJ
To support the Chairman with the smooth running of the Association and stand in when he is unavailable.
To ensure the Charity Commissioners are informed of any Committee changes or Trustee changes annually
To help retired members to retain links with their colleagues.