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NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2009 43
Indefatigable effort
by TS Enterprise
AIRDRIE and Coatbridge
● POC Josh Syrett
unit have won the Indefatigable
Cup for 2009.
Award is
The trophy is awarded by the
Indefatigable Old Boys Association
to the unit which, in the opinion
reward for
of the Captain of Sea Cadets, has
made the greatest improvement
over the preceding 12 months.
House
This is the third time the cup has
hard work
been awarded to a Sea Cadet unit.
Founded in 1864, HMS
plaque is
Indefatigable was fitted out by
by Josh
the Bibby family, owners of the
shipping company Bibby Line, for
the training of orphans and poor
mark of
boys, whose only ‘crime’ was that
HUNDREDS of young achievers
they were sons of seamen.
from across the UK worked hard
She was moored off Rock Ferry
respect
to create a red-letter day for
Pier on the Mersey and replaced
themselves.
by HMS Phaeton until 1941,
when the unit moved ashore.
NEWHAVEN and Seaford unit
And one of those who ringed
In the final years of the war
received a surprise visit from the
June 10 and checked directions to
Indefatigable moved to the
Chairman of East Sussex County
St James’s Palace in London was
Marquis of Anglesey’s stately home
Council.
17-year-old POC Josh Syrett, of
overlooking the Menai Strait.
Cllr Bob Lacey went to the TS
Colchester unit TS Colne Light,
The school closed its doors in
Defiance headquarters in Chapel
based on board the lightship of the
1995 as numbers dwindled.
Street to carry out a special
same name moored at the Hythe.
The Indefatigable Old Boys
presentation.
Josh is a student at Colchester
Association (IOBA) decided to
At the request of the Shadow
Sixth Form College and has
give something back to the youth
Defence Minster (Navy) Dr Julian
achieved his Gold Duke of
of today, resulting in the annual
Lewis, Cllr Lacey handed over
Edinburgh’s Award alongside his
presentation of the cup and a
a House of Commons plaque
GCSE and AS level studies.
cheque to a Sea Cadet unit.
(pictured above) to the unit’s
He headed west to London to
The word Indefatigable meaning
Officer in Charge, S/Lt Steve
receive his certificate from the
DofE’s patron and founder, the
‘never tiring’ and ‘unremitting’
Townsend.
Duke of Edinburgh.
sums up the efforts of TS
Dr Lewis had visited the unit
To complete his award Josh
Enterprise over the last few years.
two months before, and he was so
undertook a number of tasks and
Now that effort by the
impressed by the cadets and their
projects over 12 months, including
committee, staff and cadets has
enthusiasm and smartness that he
a four-day sailing expedition as part
landed this prestigious award.
wanted them to have one of the
of a team with another cadet and
The trophy and cheque were
plaques as a personal gift.
two young staff members from the
presented by IOBA secretary
And as Cllr Lacey was all set
Sea Cadets London Offshore
Steve Humphries to the Officer in to retire from the county council,
Sailing Group TS Rebel, based at
Charge of Airdrie and Coatbridge S/Lt Townsend presented him
Titchmarsh Marine in Walton.
unit, S/Lt (SCC) Debbie Paterson with a TS Defiance plaque on
The four of them sailed a yacht
RNR, who said: “The unit is behalf of the unit.
off the Essex and Suffolk coast
proud of this achievement. To find out more about the
and undertook a project which
“We have worked extremely unit, based in Newhaven with
included measuring the position
hard to turn the misfortunes of a division in Lewes, call 01273
of marker buoys in relation to the
the unit round, which has earned 514871 (Newhaven) or 01273
information on navigation charts
us national recognition.” 487234 (Lewes).
for the area.
At the end of the expedition the
group produced a report of their
findings which was presented to
an assessor.
For all five sections of the
award – volunteering, physical,
skills, expedition and a residential
section – youngsters are expected
to work tirelessly.
After receiving his award Josh
went on to represent London
Area Sea Cadets in the evening
at the Beating Retreat event on
Horse Guards Parade.
In 2007 the DofE celebrated its
● A tour of the lifeboat station at Arbroath ended with a soaking for cadets and junior cadets from
50th anniversary and since 1956
the local unit. As well as looking round the Lifeboat House – one of the oldest stations in Scotland,
the DofE has challenged over six
having been established in 1803 – the group also visited the Signal Tower Museum, which houses many
million young people around the
historical artefacts from the town and surrounding district. The cadets – plus the offi cers-in-charge of
world to try new things, learn
Arbroath and Perth units, CPOs (SCC) J Bothwell and B Goodwillie respectively – enjoyed a run down
● From left, Lt James Davis, OC Dylan Cassar, Mne Cpl Rebecca
more about themselves and work
the slipway on board Arbroath’s Mersey-class lifeboat Inchcape, named after the notorious navigation
Cavlin and Lt Donald Montebello on board HMS Cumberland as the
together for their own benefit and
hazard off the coast, also known as Bell Rock. Inchcape is special to the unit as the late CO was her
frigate approaches Malta
that of their local communities.
coxswain
Picture: courtesy and © DC Thomson & Co Ltd
Supporters enjoy wine and chips at Royalist
Grand entrance
TWO cadets from the Malta GC Upon landing on the frigate, the
unit boarded an unusual flight at cadets – not the officers – were
A RECENT visit by Sail Training sea in a sailing ship.
the island’s Luqa airport. invited to the ship’s wardroom
Ship Royalist to the east coast of With head winds and rough seas
The pair, accompanied by OC for English breakfast, where they
Scotland was a great opportunity for all the way from Dundee, making
Lt (SCC) Donald Montebello sat happily until the ship was ten
the cadets of Inverness unit to show port at Inverness had been a great
RMR and unit chairman Lt (SCC) minutes away from Malta.
off the square rigger to their sponsors challenge, but one which they were
James Davis RNR (retd), were They were then taken up to
and well-wishers. very proud to have achieved.
picked up by the Lynx helicopter the bridge to meet the captain as
Amid squalls of driving rain This was most obvious from
of HMS Cumberland and ferried he oversaw his ship’s entry into
and chilly winds about 60 people the way they showed the guests
out to the frigate so that they Grand Harbour.
mustered by the ship, berthed at the round ‘their’ ship, answered all the
could take part in the ship’s entry Capt Dutton still found time to
Muirtown Basin, to enjoy a glass of questions and showed the ropes, sails
to Grand Harbour. talk to the cadets and praised OC
Flight Commander Lt Marty Cassar, who was dressed in Full
wine and chips from the local chippy and rigging that they had had to
van Duin and observer Lt Martin Whites, on his smart turnout.
to help keep out the cold. handle in such difficult conditions.
Ormshaw met the cadet contingent When the frigate finally came
Tim Honnor, chairman of the Sea As one cadet so proudly said: “A
at the airport to brief them and kit alongside Pinto Wharf, two other
Cadet unit, said that it was quite clear week ago I would not have thought
them out for the flight. cadets on shore piped the ship in
that the British bulldog spirit was I could do it.”
Mne Cpl Rebecca Cavlin and salute to her and her company.
within the assembled company, who Whilst the reception was in
OC Dylan Cassar then boarded “I am certain that nothing
thoroughly enjoyed the reception progress the cadets were enjoying
the helicopter with their ‘minders’ in the lives of our two cadets
and the tour of the ship – even for boatwork within the basin.
to fly off to ‘mother’ out at sea. would ever compare with entering
those who initially saw it as a chance They joined the guests on
Lt Davis said: “It is with great Grand Harbour on a frigate of
to seek shelter from the rain. completion of their training to hand
pleasure that our unit has strong Her Majesty’s Fleet,” said Lt
With representatives from the out literature about the Corps and
ties with 815 Naval Air Squadron. Montebello.
Highland Council and many of the join in a group photograph.
“I cannot thank the Flight The Malta GC unit is grateful
maritime organisations of the city Some money was raised for the Commander and his Flobs, not to to the RN, the British High
present it was also a chance to meet unit, which, as a youth training mention HMS Cumberland’s CO, Commissioner, Air Malta and
● Inverness Sea Cadets and their guests with TS Royalist at the young crew of boys and girls who organisation, is a Scottish charity, Capt Dutton, enough for making Malta International Airport for
Muirtown Basin in the Scottish city had had their first baptism of life at taking no money from public funds. this possible for us.’” their assistance.
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