40 NAVY NEWS, JUNE 2011
Units join forces for training
CADETS and staff from Tewkesbury unit joined Severn District colleagues at a training weekend at Cinderford. Amongst the subjects covered first
were aid (third
seamanship (second chartwork (third
class) and the
Leading Cadet Board. All five of the Tewkesbury cadets passed the first aid course, thereby earning points towards their next promotion. For that they had to learn and demonstrate their understanding of a range of skills, including placing
a recovery position,
‘casualty;’ into the bandaging
damaged heads, carrying out cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR under pressure against the clock and placing a damaged arm in a broad sling. Days
Bridlington School cadets take flight
CADETS from Bridlington School
Navy Section jumped at the opportunity to take to the skies with the Navy. The group of seven boys and
weekend, colleagues from Stroud unit travelled to TS Otter to prepare for the Leading cadet Board. They joined Tewkesbury’s LC Ashley Macrow and a group of able cadets in practical leadership tasks to practise skills in leadership and communications. Tewkesbury cadets now have
the benefit of a new Trinity 500 pulling boat, which received a low-key welcome. The boat was put into the water near CPO (SCC) Les Stamp’s yard, then under the command of CI Austin Till, two oarsmen brought it along the River Avon (including a hard pull against the turbulent water going over a fast- flowing weir) and into Tewkesbury Marina, where it moved onto its berth beside the unit’s Viking and two venerable ASCs (Admiralty Sailing Craft).
before the Cinderford
three girls, accompanied by five members of staff, travelled from Yorkshire to take an air experience flight (AEF) at RNAS Yeovilton, and to tour the Fleet Air Arm Museum which shares the Yeovilton site. Every cadet had the chance to take the controls of a Grob tutor, guided by the instructors of the AEF. Two cadets had the chance to co-pilot Cdre Martin Westwood, Commodore Fleet Air Arm, who two years previously had visited Bridlington for the school’s biannual inspection, with Lt Ollie Everett, an old boy of the school and now a Sea King pilot with the Commando Helicopter Force. Not wishing to let a good
opportunity slip through their fingers, Lt Ollie Everett arranged a ride in a Sea King for the party on the following day. The cadets took part in a troop-
carrying exercise for the Sea King, being collected and dropped off in the ‘Arctic huddle’, and each cadet and adult being winched into the helicopter. By way of a thank-you the contingent
Bridlington School CCF, Wing Cdr Sue Shilladay RAF VR(T), surprised Lt Everett with a presentation of a miniature
AFTER a complete refurbishment the Beccles unit’s Viking powerboat has been relaunched, looking as good as new and providing a fine advertisement for the unit whose name it bears in its new coat of paint. Stephen Warner, of Quayway boats, Beccles, has done a fantastic job
of bringing the old Viking back to full working order. The task took more than six weeks, with Stephen spending many an
hard work, and also James Tubby for his support to the unit. l Beccles’ newly-refurbished Viking powerboat is back at the unit
commander of l Cadet Coxswain Andrew Robinson, of Bridlington School CCF, aloft in a Grob trainer
Afghanistan Medal as he had recently returned from operations. As
the group said their
goodbyes and thank-you’s they realised that Bridlington Royal Naval Association had managed to get three of its members airborne in a Sea King at the
hour rubbing down, repairing and repainting. The Viking will now rejoin the other powerboats, within the unit, teaching cadets the skills of powerboat handling on the Norfolk Broads. Beccles Sea Cadets would like to say a big thank to Stephen for all his
Brighton by cycle Viking is welcomed back
NINE cadets, four staff and one parent from Harrow and Wembley took part in the London to Brighton sponsored bike ride to raise money for their unit, with two of the cadets and one staff donning fancy dress. It was a long day, with cyclists setting off from Clapham Common around 7am, averaging speeds of over 10mph (excluding rest stops) and temperatures as high as 27°C (see right). The group reached Brighton shortly
after 4.30pm, after which the cadets cooled off in the sea. To prepare for the event, PC Tom Galvin from the Metropolitan Police visited the cadets to run through safe cycling and hand signals, which was very much appreciated.
The cadets also completed some practice rides; these were only 18 miles long, so it was a sterling effort by everyone to complete the 60 miles over the Sussex Downs to Brighton. The final sum raised has not yet been calculated, but it will be at least £1,000.
same time – Lt Everett as pilot, Lt (CCF) Martin Barmby RNR and S/Lt (CCF) Mikki Jackson RNR as passengers. Not too many RNA branches
can say they have managed that... Also spotted at Yeovilton was LAET Colleen Campbell, another
ex-cadet who was taught as a cadet by Lt Barmby with the ACF whilst he was still serving in the Royal Navy at Clyde Naval Base. The Royal Navy would appear to be in safe hands with the amount of cadets provided by Bridlington School.
Ship parade CADETS from leading
Northampton’s affiliated ship. An L-class destroyer, Laforey
attack. Only 65 survived from her ship’s company of almost 250.
depth-charge of HMS
Wellingborough have paraded to commemorate the wartime sinking
was sunk by torpedoes from stricken submarine U-223 in the Mediterranean in March 1944, during an Allied
New unit websites are ready
AT LONG last all Sea Cadet units have now received log-on details for the new template unit websites.
“This means that the Sea Cadets
can now present a uniform look and feel to every potential cadet and volunteer in the country, and that they can be sure that they are on a bona fide Sea Cadet unit website,” said Samantha Shore, Head of Communications and Media at MSSC headquarters in London.
“This is a great step forward and offers the public the reassurance that they need when deciding on whether to join one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious maritime youth organisations.
“The sites are also a lot easier
to locate and search for with a simplified url: www.se
a-cadets. org/unit name,
term unit name with the relevant Sea Cadet unit.
“This should make life a lot easier in this superfast Google world of ours. “Units can customise the site with information just about them and what they have been up to, and the new calendar and news page function means visitors can get a real feel for what their local unit is doing.
“And with the news page feeding the homepage, each unit can display to the world what they have achieved or are planning to do.
“The sites have only just
launched, and at the moment each unit has a period of time to migrate the information they want to keep currently on their existing sites to the new ones. “Any unit without a new website can secure one by contacting SCC HQ at email@example.com
affiliation MALTA GC unit has been formally affiliated with the Armed Forces of Malta.
And the Commander of the
Forces, Brig Martin G Xuereb, has agreed to be listed in the unit’s annals as an Honorary President. The Brigadier, a member of the
Skiing then Sutherland Minibus advertises Corps
TUNBRIDGE Wells unit have won the support of local company JPro Services of Tonbridge, providing sponsorship and signage for the cadets’ minibus. The new signage on the vehicle will help promote the Sea Cadet Corps locally in Kent and at events across the UK as the unit’s cadets and Royal Marine Cadet contingent train and compete. Colette Wallace, company secretary of JPro Services, handed over the newly- liveried bus to unit First Lieutenant Lt Cdr (SCC) Jon Vanns RNR.
honoured yet again,
MEMBERS of Inverness unit welcomed spring with a month-long burst of activity. The month started with a week’s
skiing at the Lecht and Cairngorm, from Newtonmore, attended by both cadets and staff from across the Northern Area. The week was not just for
The unit also provided seven cadets as a carpet guard for a function at the prestigious Merchant Taylors Hall, held by the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Cadets lined the entranceway as guests arrived, then the stairs leading down to the dining room where dinner – fish and chips – was served by the stewards.
experienced skiers, but was also an opportunity for beginners to get a taste for the activity. While the skiers were trying to keep their feet, the remainder of the TS Briton contingent were in their best uniforms enjoying the Royal Marines Band concert at Eden Court Theatre, supporting the Seafarers UK charity.
The end of ski week was quickly
followed by a visit to HMS Sutherland, which was berthed at Invergordon (pictured right). All Inverness cadets attended and
Cadets from the unit perform this function at various events throughout the year in return for the support given by members of the Company to training.
were given a tour of the frigate by members of the ship’s company, with some taking the opportunity to dress up in the ship’s firefighting kit. The month ended with the unit management committee holding a buffet for supporters, raising £1,200 to fund events and training.
As well as a full and smart turn-out
of cadets and junior cadets, around 100 guests attended the buffet and joined in activities with the cadets. VIP for the evening was the the Moray Firth,
Admiral of the
unit’s president, Provost Jimmy Gray, who was piped on board TS Briton and greeted by a general salute from the Guard of Honour.
To conclude the evening, following the Sunset ceremony, Provost Gray presented the 2010.
annual awards for The Burma Star Best Cadet trophy
was awarded to OC Shultz and Best Junior Cadet to JC Williams. The Maclennan Trophy for the
Most Improved Cadet was presented to OC Hall by Roz Maclennan.
Royal College of Defence Studies, is a graduate in social sciences and politics, and holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Kings College London. “We are without doubt to
garnered, another prestigious
affiliation, and we hope that this will further the aims of our unit and the Sea Cadet Corps in general for the greater good of our cadets,” said a unit spokesman.
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