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Our locations

Our locations

We provide a 24-hour maritime and coastal search and rescue emergency coordination and response service for the UK.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) based in Hampshire is the heart of the national coastguard rescue coordination system, connecting 10 Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs) around the UK from Falmouth to Shetland - covering over 11,000 miles of coastline.

Our helicopters operate from 10 strategically located bases and are regularly called out to incidents on the water and along the coast, as well as to help with inland rescues where a helicopter is needed, such as mountain rescues.

There are also over 300 coastguard rescue teams based in communities around the coast made up of around 3,500 volunteers.  

HM Coastguard is the UK’s only national emergency service
HM Coastguard bases key
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Fareham, Hampshire
Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Fareham, Hampshire
Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs)
Maritime Rescue Coordination Centres (MRCCs)
Aberdeen Belfast Humber Dover Falmouth
Holyhead Shetland Milford Haven Stornoway London, Woolwich (designation: London Maritime Rescue Sub Centre)
Helicopter bases
Helicopter bases
Stornoway Airport Sumburgh Airport Prestwick Inverness Airport Caernarfon Airport
Humberside Airport St Athan Lydd, Kent Newquay Airport Lee-on-Solent
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