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42 NAVY NEWS, JANUARY 2009
RMVCC
prepares
Tyne clean-up yields
Malta GC
celebrates
trio for
careers
THIS month sees two former rubbish by the ton
birth of
Lord Nelson
MALTA GC unit celebrated the
members of the Portsmouth
250th anniversary of the birth
Royal Marines Volunteer
of Lord Nelson in true Naval
Cadet Corps (RMVCC) start MORE than a ton of debris and rubbish
fashion.
training with the Royal Marines has been cleared from the Tyne waterfront
The wardroom of TS St
at Lympstone – and they are in
at the headquarters of the Gateshead
Paul staged a mess dinner in
no doubt as to the value of the
unit.
the exquisite dining hall of the
preparation they have had.
Cadets from TS Flamingo joined volunteers
historical Palazzo Capua in Sliema,
Cadet RSM Joe Bulbeck and
from Hexham Sub Aqua Club and the North
where the officers, senior rates and
CSM Chris Carr came first and
Shields-based Maritime Volunteer Service to
non-commissioned officers ate a
fifth respectively in their intake
tackle the rubbish around Pipewellgate.
sumptuous meal served by the Sea
assessment.
The work, carried out with Gateshead
and Marine Cadets themselves.
Their colleague, CSM Lauder,
Council as part of the Clean Tyne project, was
There was plenty of justification
joined the Royal Navy as a survival
one of a number of ‘river bank raids’ which
for the cadets serving up the
specialist last October.
aims to clean up the river and raise awareness
meal – mess stewarding is part
All the cadet sergeant majors
of environmental issues.
of the youngsters’ curriculum of
agreed that aspects of the
Focus of attention was on a slipway used by
training.
RMVCC, such as character-
the cadets to launch boats, which was covered
The evening started with the
building activities, put them in an
in all kinds of rubbish, including traffic cones
ship’s company parading on the
advantageous position.
and shopping trolleys.
hotel’s grounds, which became
The cadet corps stages weekend
The waterfront adjacent also had decades
their main deck for the evening
training exercises where cadets get
of detritus, including car tyres and industrial
as they ‘piped the side’ when the
to put into practice all the field
rubbish, some of it on thick, cloying mud
Area Officer appointed by the
survival skills they are taught at
which was removed by attaching lines and
MoD (Navy) responsible for the
the regular bi-weekly sessions – being hauled in by a debris collection vessel.
Malta GC Unit, Cdr Clive Smith,
opportunities which are hard to Everyone involved was given protective
arrived ‘onboard’.
come by outside the RMVCC. clothing and received extensive health and
Cdr Smith and his wife Gill
“They all feel that they have safety briefings before starting work.
were guests of honour for the
gained not only in confidence As a result of their efforts, more than a ton
evening.
and leadership skills, but that of crud was removed.
The food served was even
they are now also competent and Unit CO CPO (SCC) Lesley Somerville
named for the occasion.
self-assured, qualities which will said: “This has been a valuable training
As starters, Chef Montebello
be essential as they begin their exercise that has helped us to strengthen
prepared a linguini with a julienne
training,” said Recruiting Officer our practical maritime and team-working
of zucchini, fresh chillies and cerna
Bob Allan. skills as well as bringing volunteers together
finished with rucola pesto, which,
for the occasion, the wardroom
“It is interesting to note that
from neighbouring maritime units to share
christened ‘Remembering Lady
Bulbeck, Carr and Lauder
knowledge and experiences.”
● Gateshead cadets on the bank of the Tyne during clean-up duties
Hamilton’.
were all inspired to join the
Services as a result of the
For the main course, the
staunch and companionable
atmosphere, created by
Rescue is
diners ate oven-roasted
pork loin stuffed with
the instructors, most of
apricots and prunes and
whom have some military
background, of the cadet
unit as a whole.”
recounted
served with wholegrain
mustard sauce, named in
honour of Nelson’s parents,
One highlight of their time with
YEOVIL cadets were given a graphic
Edmund and Catherine
the RMVCC was their retracing
account of the remarkable rescue of a
Nelson.
of the Operation Frankton
Russian mini submarine and its crew The meal was finished with
route – better known as the
of seven trapped in fishing nets off the almond cake named ‘As Sweet as
Cockleshell Heroes, who launched
eastern Kamchatka coast in 2003.
Horatia,’ in honour of Nelson’s
a commando raid against Nazi
Cdr Ian Riches led the rescue team,
daughter with Lady Hamilton,
targets in the French port of
and was awarded the Order of Maritime
which the Chief Steward
Bordeaux in December 1942.
Achievement by President Vladimir Putin,
presented to the Mess President
To prepare for the expedition,
and the OBE by the Queen.
and all guests so as to see the
organised by WO2 Cooper in
Cdr Riches gave a talk about the rescue
printed image of Lord Nelson
the summer of 2007, the three
to more than 130 generous supporters of
which formed part of the icing on
cadets undertook extensive kayak
the Somerset and Dorset branch of the
the cake.
and swimming training, and it
Marine Society and Sea Cadets at their
The wines chosen were French
helped them gain their Duke of
annual general meeting and fundraising
and Spanish in order to honour
Edinburgh silver awards.
event, held at RNAS Yeovilton.
Nelson’s enemies of the time.
“All three found the experience
The cadets and their staff then gave
Port and marsala (marsala
one of the most significant in their
a talk about their own achievements
was used instead of madeira, as
lives to date, a culmination of their
through the year, and had the opportunity
Nelson preferred it) decanters
training and time as members of
afterwards to meet Cdr Riches.
were passed around for the Loyal
Portsmouth RMVCC,” said Bob.
Toast, the Toast to the President
“The three cadet sergeant
of Malta GC and to honour the
majors bid a sad farewell to the Taking Pride
birth of the Immortal Memory.
RMVCC, but will take with
Cdr Smith, in his after-dinner
them a wealth of experience and
speech, thanked Mess President
memories which they hope, as the
in their work
Sgt (SCC) Donald Montebello
badge says, will help them to ‘Be
and made reference to Sgt
● Cadets from the Parkstone (TS Drax) and Poole (TS Dolphin) units on duty for Remembrance
Worthy’ in their future careers.” Sunday. Five cadets from Parkstone and one from Poole formed the cenotaph guard in Poole IN ORDER to supplement the
Montebello’s forthcoming trip to
For more details on the RMVCC Park, and Drax was also well-represented in the parade, with three cadets in the colour party and opportunities to go to sea in ‘their own
the UK to sit for his Officer’s
contact Bob on 023 9254 7495. one laying a wreath Picture: Sarah Burton (TS Drax admin officer) ship’, cadets from West Wales and the
Selection Board to be promoted
Dartmouth unit spent a week in
Lieutenant (SCC) Royal Marines
Formal occasion –
Devon waters on board the fleet
Reserve.
tender Pride of Bristol, formerly
The officer thanked the cadets,
Royal Marines fleet training ship
commending their impeccable
Messina.
service which would have “made
‘relax and have fun’
Operating from Britannia Royal
any Royal Navy wardroom
Naval College’s Sand Quay on the
proud”.
River Dart, the cadets completed
The main speaker was Lt
an action-packed week covering a (SCC) James Davis RNR (retd),
THE cadets of the Bristol (Avonmouth) ships-of-the-line, aflame with sparklers, number of aspects of life afloat. who recounted the life and battles
unit, TS Enterprise, commemorated under the watchful eye of Mess The ship is additionally used
of Nelson.
the 203rd anniversary of Admiral President LC Lundon, aged 17. for training Royal Naval Reserve
The Mess President announced
Nelson’s great naval victory and his The after-dinner speech, which on crews from Plymouth, Cardiff
that the portrait of Lord
250th birthday at their annual Trafalgar Trafalgar Night has a Nelson theme, and Bristol, and the cadets were
Nelson that the wardroom had
Night mess dinner. was made by 16-year-old AC Capstick,
complimented on their high levels commissioned specially for the
Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) and grace was said with aplomb by
of skills and abilities. evening was being presented to
Barbara Hillier RNR said: “The ten-year-old Junior Cadet Shaw.
Many of the cadets are now the Cadets Mess President to
cadets had been practising hard for PO (SCC) Christopher Batt said:
looking forward to returning hang in the Cadets Mess.
the recent Festival of Remembrance “Anyone aged from ten to 18 who
later this year to upgrade the The evening finished off with
at the Colston Hall and Remembrance wants to know more about being a
qualifications which they have adult staff and guests playing
Sunday parades. cadet call 0117 938 1845 or send me
already achieved. traditional mess games.
“Whilst this was a formal occasion it an email titled ‘let me join the fun’, to
gives them a chance to relax and dress avonmouthscc@btinternet.com
up to the nines.” TS Enterprise is based in an old
She added: “The aim of the Sea
Area offi cer to retire
signal station by the River Avon.
Cadet Corps is to encourage valuable It has an impressive track record,
THE Severn branch of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC)
personal attributes and high standards since 1942, of producing excellent
held their annual mess dinner in the company of Guest of Honour
of conduct, using a nautical theme opportunities, training, adventure and Rear Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles (president) and Cdr and Mrs
based on the customs of the Royal qualifications for the young people Neil Hinch.
Navy. of south-west Bristol and north Cdr Hinch is shortly retiring from the Royal Navy and will no
“That includes, of course, the fun Somerset. longer be the South West Area Officer for the Corps.
parts!” Many guests thanked the commander for his exceptional
The dinner followed the traditional service to the Corps, and he was presented with a decanter by ● A chocolate ship-of-the-line is
routine of shanties, parading the Roast paraded for cadets and guests of branch chairman Stephen Smith.
Beef of Old England, grace and the the Bristol (Avonmouth) unit at their There was a further presentation by Lt Cdr Richard Tyrrell
spectacular parading of the chocolate Trafalgar Night dinner (District Officer Severn) of a silver salver.
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