NAVY NEWS, FEBRUARY 2010 43
Cadets and veterans
on tiller at
link up over carrier
THERE’S been a change at the
top of the Nottingham unit.
Lt Cdr (SCC) Michelle Welsh
RNR has handed over command
of the unit after 27 years there as
a cadet and an adult volunteer –
seven of them in command.
SEA Cadets at Musselburgh learned about this, contact was Karl, for his part, has taken
raised 55 years ago in a wooden
Michelle, who holds the rare
have joined forces with a
made between the cadet unit’s on the responsibility (“being an
hut near Fisherrow Harbour by
distinction of gaining triple
● LC Ben Turner with his trophy
group of Royal Navy veterans
chairman, Karl Cleghorn, ex-aircraft carrier man myself,”
a group of local fishermen – one
City and Guilds Licentiateship,
and Les Wills, chairman of the he explained) for instructing his of whom was the father-in-law of Graduateship and Membership
in an alliance which upholds
association. cadets and staff about “the ship, the unit’s current president, Jane Awards in Strategic Youth
the name of a World War 2
“It is interesting to note that TS her name and her adventures”. Fairnie. Management, is moving on to
Indefatigable came into existence Those include the attacks on But a decade ago it moved become the Eastern Area Deputy
The youngsters operate near enough the time that the last the Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord to better accommodation, in
out of their training ship TS rivet was being removed from our and service in the Far East with premises that served for more
As a keen supporter of CVQO
Indefatigable, and when members old ship at the breaker’s yard – the so-called ‘Forgotten Fleet.’ than 60 years as the community awards, she also retains her role as
of the Indefatigable Association continuity?” said Les. TS Indefatigable, said Karl, was wash house. Eastern Area VQ officer.
The Duke of York officially
Michelle hands over the reins to
opened their new home in 1999. her First Lieutenant, former cadet
Karl said: “In 2009 we scored S/Lt (SCC) Adam Crump RNR.
A MALVERN unit cadet has some notable successes. Area Officer Cdr Clive Smith
recaptured a top shooting prize “The unit won the Northern RN, who himself retires from the
for the Corps – decades after it Area drill competition, going on Eastern Area this month, was there
was last won by a Sea Cadet. to win the coveted national award to congratulate Michelle and her
TS Duke of York has celebrated at HMS Raleigh – a remarkable team in their success in winning
several outstanding achievements achievement given that we are one the coveted Stephenson Trophy
by 16-year-old LC Ben Turner, of the smaller Sea Cadet units in for the best unit in Eastern Area.
who recently took part in a the UK.” It was a particularly sweet
round of the annual Inter-Service In addition, TS Indefatigable’s moment as TS Orion has spent
shooting competitions. senior male cadet, Christopher
several years as runners-up.
Ben had qualified last summer Gay, was chosen as the East
The ceremony was held on
for the International Inter-Service
Lothian Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet a bitterly cold night in front of
Cadet Rifle Meeting at Bisley.
for the year. parents and guests, including all
There he competed in the Cadet
Karl added: “TS Indefatigable the previous COs of TS Orion.
100 contest against almost 500 of
is enormously proud to be Former CO Lt (SCC) Ian
the best marksmen and women
associated with the HMS Dickinson RNR was also honoured
from the Corps, the Army Cadet
Indefatigable Association, keeping on the night by his surprise
Force and the Air Training Corps.
alive the nautical connections, and merit promotion to lieutenant
In only his second major
the camaraderie that is such an commander.
competition, shooting at targets
important part of ‘life in a blue TS Orion have enrolled
at a range of up to 600 yards, Ben
suit.’ 11 cadets on the BTEC First
finished in 36th place, becoming
“Perhaps we can build upon Diploma in Public Services this
the first member of Malvern to be
those common ties for the good of year, so further successes to report
registered in the Cadet 100 club.
both organisations.” look likely.
Ben followed this up by
competing in the 2009 Cadet
Inter-Service Skill at Arms
meeting at Pirbright Ranges.
Over a long weekend, 186 of
the UK’s elite cadet shootists
competed in the final Inter-
● Gail Lewis, Head of Thorpe Campus at Tendring Technology College, hands two cheques over to the
Services event of the year.
CO of Walton-on-the-Naze unit, S/Lt (SCC) Gary Dodd RNR Picture: PO(Phot) Paul A’Barrow
In four remarkable rounds over
various ranges and disciplines,
Ben bagged two gold medals,
winning the Top Sea Cadet and
the prestigious Top Individual Full throttle into the new year
Ben is thought to be the first
AS 2009 drew to a close, at least friendship between HMS and TS also presented with his BTEC
Sea Cadet to have achieved this one unit still had its foot on the Illustrious. (Distinction) in Public Services.
ranking for several decades. gas and went into the new year at Cdr Groves was also joined on Marine Cadet L/Cpl Oliver
Ben’s success vindicates TS Duke full throttle. the night by Affiliation Officer Lt Wilson received the Commando
of York’s decision to invest in the Walton-on-the-Naze has Si Mittins and Deputy Affiliation Trophy for demonstrating ‘true
computer-assisted training system enjoyed an exceptionally busy Officer PO(C) Dan Castle. commando spirit’, and L/Cpl
Virtual Marksman, imported year, with cadets travelling to all Also representing 6 Hotel Petty Connor Maleary received the TS
● The impeccably-drilled Norwich cadets had plenty to celebrate
from Norway with funding from parts of the country and beyond Officers’ Mess were PO Gary Royalist bursary for leadership in
the Worcestershire Council for – even as far as Australia, as part Chenery and PO(Phot) Paul the detachment.
Voluntary Youth Services. of the Sea Cadet International A’Barrow. The final award for the evening
Exchange. The highlights of the evening is always the prestigious title of
With the recent voyages and were the presentations of gold ‘Cadet of the Year’.
Huzzah for Norwich!
visits on board the unit’s affiliated Duke of Edinburgh Awards to
For their considerable hard
TWO cadets and an instructor ship HMS Illustrious (see page PO Cadets Harry Adams, Jay
work throughout the year, PO
ALL in all, 2009 was shaping up boys) and the district swimming,
from Ardrossan unit have been 42), it seemed only appropriate Watcham, James Oxley and CI
Cadets Ben Chandler and
as a good year for cadets of the when both boys and girls brought
recognised for completing more that the ship should take pride of Matthew Halls.
Harry Adams each received a
Norwich unit – then it got a whole home a trophy, it gave Norwich
than 200 hours of voluntary work. place at this year’s annual Cadet A fifth award-winner, former
personalised bosun’s call from the
lot better. the edge when it came to the
ACs Rebecca Macdonald and Presentation Evening. cadet Iain Offord, was away
Frinton and Walton Royal Naval
Members of the unit had result of the District Trophy.
Sarah Neil, and Civilian Instructor Executive Officer Cdr Chris
training with the Royal Navy at
already taken part in competitions That prize was presented to
Daryl Collett, received their Awards
Groves accepted the invitation to HMS Sultan and could not attend
Following the awards ceremony,
and events across the country, Lt Cdr (SCC) Meadows RNR
of Excellence from Scottish First
join the unit as Guest of Honour the presentation.
Cdr Groves thanked the parents
including the marking of Trafalgar following the drill competition at
Minister Alex Salmond.
and to say a few words on the CI Matthew Halls was
attending for their support, and
Day in London. Bury St Edmunds.
commented how nice it was
But as the year ebbed away TS The unit hopes to repeat their
to see all the unit’s previous
Lord Nelson went from strength success in 2010, but they are
commanding officers spanning
to strength. already looking further ahead.
the 31 years of affiliation with
At the East Anglia District In June 2012 TS Lord Nelson
Sea Cadets Drill and Pipe will celebrate its centenary, and
Cdr Groves also thanked PO
competition the unit took the hopes to find former members to
Cadet Jay Watcham for his work
honours in the Unarmed Squad, help the current cadets celebrate.
as Navy Board Cadet for 2009
Squad Commander, Colour If you have been a cadet or
and welcomed the selection of
Party, Individual Piping and Best- volunteer at the Norwich unit and
PO Cadet Ben Chandler as Navy Dressed Cadet categories.
would like to be involved in the
Board Cadet for 2010, saying When combined with the unit’s celebrations, contact the unit at
it could well have been the first success at the district 5-a-side norwichseacadets@hotmail.
time this accolade has awarded contest (first place for the senior co.uk
to the same unit in consecutive
Mrs Gail Lewis, Head of Thorpe
Campus at Tendring Technology Support your Sea Cadets
College – which the majority of
the cadets attend – announced
that from a ‘non-uniform day’
in November the students raised
Volunteer, donate or
£1,329.85 to help towards the
running of the unit.
even leave a legacy.
On behalf of the cadets, Cdr
Groves presented Mrs Lewis with
a framed photograph of the carrier
signed by Capt Ben Key.
Rounding off the speeches,
We need you:
London Area Officer Cdr Paul
get inspired at
Haines said the presentation
evening was an excellent registered
opportunity to announce that
● AC Kyle Livingston, of Arbroath unit, helps carry a banner on the fi rst lap of the Cancer Relay for Life
at Arbroath Cricket Club. Helping Kyle are ‘Smokie Joe’ Ian McManus of the local RNLI and a cancer Walton-on-the-Naze had retained
survivor in a gingerbread suit. Also on the fi rst lap was unit instructor Doug Smart, another survivor, while
call us on 020 7654 7000.
the Stephenson Trophy as the best
other members of TS Arbroath also took part in the 24-hour event unit in the London area.
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