Countdown begins to HM Coastguard’s 200th birthday

On January 15, 2022 HM Coastguard will turn 200. This week’s Maritime Safety Week marks almost six months to the day until Her Majesty’s Coastguard  celebrates a milestone birthday – and they need your help to make the occasion extra special. 

The history of the coastguard can be traced back to 1822 and, with more than 200 years of memories for us to look back on with pride, they have many stories to tell and they hope that you can help by sharing your pictures, memories and experiences over the years. 

Over the past two centuries HM Coastguard has gone from strength to strength, with coastguard operations centres coordinating responses to emergency situations at the coast – calling upon approximately 310 Coastguard Rescue Teams – made up of around 3,000 dedicated volunteers – and 10 search and rescue helicopters. 

It is now one of the UK’s four frontline emergency services, operating a 24/7, 365 day a year search and rescue service to save lives at the coast and at sea. 

Safety has always been at the heart of what the coastguard does and, with technology ever evolving, HM Coastguard continues to strive to be at the forefront of innovation in order to carry on improving and saving lives. 

Claire Hughes, director of Her Majesty’s Coastguard, said: “From our volunteers to full-time staff, we are all immensely proud of the coastguard’s distinguished and fascinating history which has really helped to shape the incredibly important work HM Coastguard carries out today. We look forward to marking the coastguard’s 200th birthday in 2022 and upholding HM Coastguard’s commitment to keeping the public safe at the coast for many years to come.” 

Can you help to tell the coastguard story? They are pulling together as much history as they can. If you have something that you think might fit the bill, use this link to upload your files or email us at

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