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Cowes station pays visit to national Coastguard HQ

Lifeboats News Release

A party from Cowes lifeboat station paid a fact-finding visit to the Hampshire-based new nationwide main control room for HM Coastguard.

The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) at Segensworth sits at the heart of UK search and rescue operations, alongside nine other 24-hour centres around the country.

The creation of the new centre formed part of extensive restructuring across the UK which also involved the cutting of eight local coastguard stations, including Solent Coastguards at Lee-on-Solent.

The Cowes party was given a guided tour of the modern building including the super-control room where the sophisticated hi-tech equipment was demonstrated.


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