NAVY NEWS, AUGUST 2010
Cattistock welcomes Lilliput team
MINEHUNTER HMS Cattistock spent the spring months conducting training along the South Coast.
She also tied up at Poole for three days to become the town’s adopted ship – the village of Cattistock, after which the hunt is named, is close to Dorchester, north of Poole.
ship’s affiliated troop were invited to sail with Cattistock on the short hop across Boscombe Bay and through the Solent to Portsmouth. The youngsters were given a tour of the ship and instructed in the finer points of man overboard drill, firefighting and the art of command – they were all given the opportunity to sit in the captain’s chair.
Cossack band invitation
SOUTHWARK unit has been presented with the Mayor of Southwark’s Award for “doing a tremendous job in encouraging young people to achieve their potential.” But the mayor had not finished
with TS Cossack – he then extended a personal invitation to the unit band to play at the following week’s Mayoral Ball in aid of Help for Heroes.
Bandmaster POC George Whitfield said: “It was both an honour and pleasure to support such a worthwhile event – just what the spirit of HMS Cossack and the Altmark Incident is all about, especially in this the 70th anniversary year.”
Walk on the wall
A TEAM of six instructors from the North West Area – four from the Marines Cadets (Bravo Coy) and two from the Sea Cadets – have completed an 86-mile walk of Hadrian’s Wall for Help for Heroes.
MacLennan (Altrincham and Sale), Sgt Phil Proctor (Ellesmere Port), Sgt Andy Edgar (Kendal), C/Sgt Dave Carter (Salford), PO John Buckett (Rochdale) and WO2 Pete Bolton (HQ).
The team will have raised more than £3,500 once all monies have been collected. The six were:
Kettering change THERE has been a change of
Lt (SCC) ‘Smudge’ Smith
RMR has handed over the reins to S/Lt Marc Pether RNR.
Both men joined the unit in July 2006 after first meeting through the Corps there years earlier. Smudge took command in October 2007 and Marc joined the Command team as First Lieutenant. Kettering went on to win the Indefatigable Cup for most improved unit, and also went on to be a burgee unit. Lt Smith said:
everything I have ever done in the Sea Cadets, being CO of Kettering has been my proudest moment.”
And when the warship sailed for home, she had one final piece of training to help with – and that involved the Lilliput Sea Scouts. The 12 Sea Scouts from the
Brilliant show in campaign
TUNBRIDGE WELLS unit were presented with a Certificate of Commendation for Most Outstanding Contribution to the Community by the local borough council at an award ceremony celebrating their ‘Love Where We Live’ campaign. Winners are nominated by members of the community and selected by a judging panel consisting of council officials, the district police commander and the editor of KOS Media. PO (SCC) Price received
the certificate on behalf of TS Brilliant from judging panellist Chief Inspector Martin Wilson.
Hard work is acknowledged
● MEMBERS of the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps joined Sea Cadets from across Staffordshire at a parade in Lichfi eld to mark the 150th anniversary of the cadet movement in the UK. Lt (SCC) Michelle Bradbury RNR, Warwickshire District Cadet Training Offi cer, CPO (SCC) Le-Ann Hale, First Lieutenant of TS Fort George – the Tamworth and Lichfi eld unit – and PO (SCC) David Eivers, First Lieutenant of TS Talent (Stoke-on-Trent unit) led the parade, while the standard bearer was POC Kerry Townsend, of TS Superb (Stafford unit). The salute was taken by Staffordshire Deputy Lieutenant Maj Gen Andrew Farquhar, while the senior Naval offi cer was Surg Cdre Alasdair Walker, Medical Director at Selly Oak Hospital
Civic honour for Whitehaven
THE Borough of Copeland has awarded the Freedom of the Borough to Whitehaven’s Sea Cadet unit at a ceremony during the town’s
Forces Day celebrations. The Freedom of the Borough is the highest honour that can be awarded by the Council,
recognising exceptional service to the community. The honour was also extended to members of the Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps and to the regular Armed Forces. The ceremony granting the Freedom of the Borough was staged on the harbourside, with the Mayor of Copeland, Cllr Mike
command at the top of Kettering unit.
Salute to veterans
FIVE proud cadets sailed from Dover in HMS Monmouth to support the 70th Anniversary of Operation Dynamo,
evacuation of over 330,000 men from Dunkirk in 1940. Cadets Alan Parks, Tom Rohan and Callum Roberts (Canterbury), along with Cadets Keiran Schwartz and Daniel Wallis (Ashford), embarked in the Black Duke but were far from passengers on the Channel crossing.
No sooner had they completed their safety briefs than it was straight into No4s and off to Parts of Ship for Harbour stations, and once clear of Dover harbour wall, it was time to turn in for the night ready for an early start. The five later toured the frigate and helped prepare meals for the CO’s lunch party and for the ship’s company.
Onions chopped and pots
washed, it was time to report for fire-fighting training before some well-earned shore leave. The cadets participated in the international Remembrance Parade, in front of Prince Michael of Kent, with Callum and Daniel given the honour of laying a wreath (pictured above). Later that day they all visited
the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships moored close by.
● Cadets from Cheshunt unit had the honour of providing a carpet guard for the Mayor of Broxbourne on the occasion of visits by mayors from Germany and Italy to the council offi ces. The cadets of TS Intrepid are pictured with the mayor, Cllr Mark Mills-Bishop
In their remaining time the cadets joined sailors in a tour of key Dynamo locations, helped host veterans on board, then coped with a wet and windy return to Blighty, during which they completed their tour of the ship by investigating the Merlin in the hangar.
Next generation joins in
THREE generations of the same family featured amongst the ranks of Brighton unit on parade during the National Pilgrimage of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham – the 30th year TS Brighton has participated.
attended the first parade in 1980 – a one-day event, though the unit now holds a four-day camp over the weekend while members help with the running of the event, parade and stage displays. Since that time he has seen
CPO (SCC) Michael O’Keefe
other members of his family join in.
Pictured (above) with CPO O’Keefe (second left) are his wife PO (SCC) Cathy O’Keefe (right), his son PO (SCC) Karl O’Keefe (left) and his granddaughter Junior Cadet Elisha O’Keefe (centre). Also pictured is the Rev Canon Beaumont Brandie, who is Brighton unit chairman and chaplain and event organiser. The pilgrimage to the tiny Norfolk village attracts up to 10,000 people.
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Affi liation deal signed
McVeigh, presiding. “We have always considered
TEIGN Valley unit has formally affiliated with two secondary schools at a ceremony at Ugbrooke House by invitation of Lord and Lady Clifford of Chudleigh. The affiliation document promises the parties will “work in partnership by supporting and promoting each others aims, policies,
ourselves to be very much a part of the local community and we try to give our help and support whenever possible,”
chairman Chas Tinkler. “For the unit to be honoured in
this way is just fantastic.” The CO of TS Bee, Lt (SCC)
Peter Lucas RNR, added that it was not just today’s cadets who were being honoured. “I hope that former cadets and staff will also take pride in their unit being granted the Freedom of the Borough.
this year or last year, but about what we have consistently done over many years.”
“This is not about what we did
The Freedom of a Borough traditionally gives the “right, privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing and drums beating.”
programs, and community projects for the general benefit of children and young people.” Teignmouth Community College will be referred to as Ajax and Teign School as Agamemnon, both hosting cadet training evenings. A number of community projects will also be developed for the benefit of the local community, including a training ground and educational centre at Trusham.
Medal for Steven PO (SCC) Steven Smedley,
Huyton unit, has been awarded the Cadet Forces Medal after 12 years of adult service within the Corps.
of PO Smedley joined when his
son wanted to become a cadet at the age of 12, and he has since become an integral part of the unit and district staff – as well as building a reputation for making top-notch eggy bread.
● POC Katy Watt of Dalbeattie unit is presented with her award for being Best Cadet in Scotland in 2009 by the Assistant CHief of Defence Staff (Reserves & Cadets). The award entitles Katy to a week’s training in TS Royalist, John Jerwood or Jack Petchey, sponsored by E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd
CADETS from Rhyl unit have been acknowledged by Denbighshire County Council for their hard work and dedication by awarding them young volunteer certificates. Cadets aged between 12 and 16
Picture: Tom Eivers
received certificates up to platinum level, having accrued over 200 hours of volunteering, while over- 16s received certificates from the Welsh Assembly. The Deputy Mayor of Rhyl, the
Mayor of Prestatyn, the chairman of Denbigh council and the local assembly member all praised the work and dedication shown by the cadets, adding that when young people are not always seen in a good light, it was uplifting to see so many youngsters prepared to work for the good of the community.
Air show boost
ALMOST 50 cadets and 20 staff from all Chestaffs District units attended Cosford Air Show to raise the profile of the Corps and boost recruitment during the Cadet 150 initiative. Marine displays including a bivvy area, camouflage and concealment and tasting ration packs, while bluejacket cadets demonstrated knot-tying – popular with members of the public – a rigging exercise and several leadership tasks and games.
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