Friday, 5 November 2010
A sharped eyed reader has spotted some team members wearing different logos on their polo shirts and asked why?
Well both logos are in use, the Coastguard Crest (top) is an offical crest and is very important to team members. The MCA logo was brought in during the 1990's when HM Coastguard and two other maritime agencies merged to form the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
From 1990 all our clothing started to come in with the MCA logo on but Coastguard Rescues Officers (called Auxiliaries in those days) wanted to continue using the crest to show the search and rescue side of the agency rather than the "MCA Brand"
As time went on the Agency when on to supply polo shirts with the MCA logo on and various teams went out and purchased privately similar style polo shirts but with the Crest on and their station name on, it was sort of adopted unoffically but funny how it was copied all around the country!
So official you are meant to wear the MCA tops but its accepted team members have brought their own tops with the crest on.
Rumour has it that in time we may revert to the crest only again .....we wait and see.
Perhaps in another blog we will cover the different uniform types