NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2010
Minister meets leading contenders
DEFENCE Minister Andrew Robathan visited the Frimley Park National Cadet Training Centre during one of its most prestigious events – the annual Cadet Leadership Course (CLC). The Minister for Defence Personnel, Welfare
● From left: Bruce Clark, Ian Clark and John Simm
Steamer crew form SCC link
IT IS not just sleek grey Pusser’s ships which have strong links with the Sea Cadet Corps.
officers and second officers are all serving Sea Cadet staff.
One of her captains, chief
The same goes for the last sea- going paddle steamer in the world, the Waverley.
Lt Cdr (SCC) Ian Clark RNR is the Master of the Waverley and he and his son, Chief Officer Bruce Clark, are both staff members at Ashford unit, while Second Officer John Simm is a Petty Officer at Paisley unit.
All three are professional Merchant Navy officers who have had wide experience at sea. Ian and John are permanent members of the crew, whilst Bruce is a relief and works full-time elsewhere.
and Veterans watched cadets and instructors in the grounds of the centre as they took part in some of the most challenging activities of the week-long course, which has been staged for more than 50 years.
He spoke to some of the 114 top cadets from across the UK engaged in command tasks, leading teams tackling the formidable obstacle course, or simply learning about communicating effectively with their teams. Of his visit, the politician said: “I have very much enjoyed my visit to the Cadet Training Centre. “I’ve seen some fantastic enthusiasm from good young people who are being given real
challenges and opportunities in a safe and well- organised environment. “There is some great work going on here for
young people.” The leadership course, open to Sea Cadets, their air and army equivalents and CCF cadets, see youngsters involved in a range of sporting and military activities, from volleyball and boat races to a final exercise involving an escape through enemy territory.
EIGHT cadets from TS Tireless waved off their namesake submarine as she sailed on deployment from
Tireless cadets tour namesake submarine
Devonport. The youngsters from Rugby
unit were privileged to be given a guided tour of the nuclear boat only hours before she sailed on a nine-month deployment outside UK waters.
Witnessing the final preparations for sea first-hand, the cadets had the opportunity to meet the crew and discuss life and work on board a Trafalgar-class submarine. Exploring many areas of the
was built on the Clyde in 1947 to replace her predecessor, sunk by enemy action during the evacuation of Dunkirk 70 years ago. The ship is operated by
Waverley Excursions Ltd, carrying out day excursion trips from ports all round the country during the summer, but she is owned by a charity, the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.
“It is a tremendous honour to command such a fine ship as the Waverley,” said Lt Cdr Clark. “It is also a great responsibility to be the custodian of a vessel of such historic importance.” Waverley was restored in 2004 to a high standard but retains all her period features, including her original steam engine.
Buxton thanks supporters
STAFF were able to report another successful year at the Buxton unit annual general meeting. Recently, several cadets have been
on courses – two on Tradewinds yachts, five at HMS Raleigh and two on instructors’ training. A new team of three cadets, who had won the District small bore rifle shooting competition came second in the North West Area competition. And at the time of the meeting the unit was also preparing for a busy programme of sailing competitions.
Staff and cadets at the unit would like to thank the people of Buxton for their financial support in June, at the Rotary Bazaar, the Street Collection, which raised £325.42, and the stall on the Market Place. There was also a particular mention for the Buxton and District Lions Club, for their donation of an overhead projector which will be used in cadet training.
SOUTHWARK cadet AC Callum Malone has won a place in the national finals of the 2010 RYA Honda Youth RIB Challenge, due to be staged in Southampton this month.
Callum had to beat off competition from 46 units in the local heat at London’s Royal Victoria Dock, then repeat the performance at a regional event in Abingdon, taking on teenagers from a number of youth organisations.
They all came to their careers by being Sea Cadets and have continued their involvement with the Corps into adulthood. The paddle steamer Waverley
boat, they tried breathing through the submarine’s emergency breathing system in the forward escape compartment, and came face-to-face with the torpedoes and missiles stowed in the ‘Bomb Shop’. Following the visit, the Cadets
were whisked away to nearby Devil’s Point which enabled them to wave Tireless off and wish the crew a fond farewell. Tireless’ deployment will see her supporting British interests in the Middle East and, somewhat remarkably for a 26-year-old front-line unit, this will be the first time that she has transited the Suez Canal. Her CO, Cdr Jason Clay, said:
● Cadets from TS Tireless on board HMS Tireless in Devonport
“This is an extremely exciting time for the ship’s company of HMS Tireless, not least because it represents the culmination of months of hard work. “Deploying on operations is
core business and, as such, we are all ready to face the potential challenges that might lay ahead.” The men of the hunter-killer
submarine have promised to keep the cadets of TS Tireless up to
Picture: LA(Phot) James Crawford
date throughout the deployment. And they hope that they can all meet up again when the boat returns to Devonport which, all being well, should be in the spring of 2011.
A window on the Corps
AS part of the celebrations for Armed Forces Day, units across the North West attended the Preston Military Show.
Warrington Field Gun crew, Tameside’s window ladder (see left), Fleetwood’s hornpipe and club swinging and the Ellesmere Port band. Static displays for recruiting and
Arena displays included the
dry land rigging also proved to be popular.
Throughout the day an inter-Service
orienteering competition was held in the arena, with teams of eight being
Flotilla says thanks with a donation
THE Exeter Flotilla has presented a cheque for £300 to Exmouth unit to enable a cadet to go sail training this year. The cheque was presented by flotilla
chairman Capt Ian Brannam RN to unit chairman Teresa Goodair and Officer- in-Charge CPO (SCC) Neil Gregory, at a ceremony in the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, Lympstone.
Capt Brannam said that the Exeter Flotilla was an organisation of retired Naval officers which met regularly at Lympstone, often calling upon the Exmouth unit to provide a colour party at their functions. CPO Neil Gregory said a cadet would be chosen through a competition, reporting back to the flotilla on what they had done and where they had been in TS Royalist.
NATO HQ affi liation
THE Commanding Officer of Chiltern, CPO (SCC) Keith Jones, has set up a formal affiliation between his unit and the NATO Maritime Command Headquarters at Northwood in Middlesex. The current Commander of the
NATO HQ is Admiral Sir Trevor Soar, who is also Commander-in- Chief Fleet.
at Northwood with staff from the Headquarters and members of the unit meeting up to celebrate the occasion, with Admiral Soar presenting an affiliation certificate to CPO Jones. As part of the affiliation, Capt
A small ceremony was organised
Ian Turner, UK Senior National Officer on the staff, ran the 10th Broloppet Half Marathon, crossing the Øresund Bridge from Copenhagen in Denmark to Malmo in Sweden, thereby raising £120 towards an offshore bursary for a cadet.
The cheque was handed over by Capt Turner at the same ceremony.
● Admiral Sir Trevor Soar hands the affi liation certifi cate to CPO (SCC) Keith Jones, attended by (from left) Cdt Scott Kilbey, LC Emily Jones, POC Zoe Jones and CPO (SCC) Mark Stephenson, First Lieutenant of the unit
Blackburn and Preston eventually emerged as winners, beating teams from the ACF, ATC and CCF from across Lancashire and the Isle of Man.
given a route to follow from a selection of 24 tagging points, in relays. The results were calculated against the number of points visited in the correct sequence and the time taken to complete the course. A team of Royal Marine Cadets from
Comments received from the organisers were most complimentary about the quality and professionalism of Sea Cadet displays.
Cabins are replaced
PARENTS and staff have been busy at Loughborough unit removing modular buildings which were damaged by weather earlier this year. Support from Premier Tool Hire, Travis Perkins and TBD Morris means the cabins could be removed to make way for newer ones, pur- chased with the help of grants from Lufbra Rag, Loughborough Welfare Trust and the RNA, plus generous donations from former Sea Cadets. The new cabins should be in place this month.
Jump-start for minibus initiative
CHESTER-le-Street’s minibus appeal got off to a roaring start thanks to a donation by the Alexandra Rose charity. TS Clark cadets undertake a number of activities throughout the country and have started to raise money for a minibus to allow them to do even more.
Alexandra Rose is an umbrella organisation which assists smaller charities through collections and the Rose Raffle. Spennymoor and Ferryhill RNA
Lewarne, chairman of the RNA branch, who presented a cheque for £1,000 to the unit CO, PO (SCC) Steven Grainger during an evening parade.
And it was S/M Christopher
have been holding Alexandra Rose Days for the past seven years raising money for local and Naval charities.
PO Grainger said: “We would like to thank everyone at the Alexander Rose Charity and Spennymoor and Ferryhill RNA. “This is a fantastic start to our
minibus fund. “The support that we have
received from the RNA over the years has been unbelievable and we are truly grateful for all of the help that they have given us.” The unit also had cause to
celebrate the award of an efficiency pennant from Sea Cadet HQ – continuing an unbroken sequence which stretches back to 1977.
Enfi eld team wins through
assessment on various outdoor skills such as bushcraft and navigation, was held over a weekend on an Army training area in Kent. Despite only having two weeks of intensive training, they pulled through to win against stiff competition.
said: “To win only after two weeks training speaks volumes about the dedication and commitment of these young cadets – absolutely remarkable – and they have done me and themselves proud.” The team now progresses to another competition involving other cadets from all over London and the South East.
HUYTON with Roby unit cadet POC Beverley Marriette has received a prestigious award for her outstanding achievements. At a ceremony in London,
Beverley was presented with the CVQO Directors’ Prize for her efforts in both the Corps and the wider community. Beverley and four other Duke
CO PO (SCC) Allan Holloway
SIX cadets from Enfield unit beat off competition from other London units to win the top prize in an expedition competition. The event,
of Westminster Award winners then went to Downing Street, and later undertook a three-week expedition to South Africa.
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