The timetable for completing the modernization of Her Majesty’s Coastguard has been announced. The new national network is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, with the National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) operating from autumn 2014.
The introduction of the national network will enable the NMOC and all the other 10 Coastguard Operation Centers (CGOC) to work together to manage the workload on a national scale. This means in a search and rescue incident, even though the coordination will still be managed by the relevant CGOC, there will be a much bigger and better support network available nationally.
There will be no reduction in rescue resources, which remain unchanged by the modernization of HM Coastguard. The availability of Coastguard Rescue Teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue assets will be unaffected.
A key outcome from the modernization plan is more rewarding Coastguard jobs, with additional responsibilities and the appropriate pay to match.