NAVY NEWS, SEPTEMBER 2009 41
pair get ‘cap
to join up
A WEST Country cadet has just
completed a humanitarian trip to
Africa and is now looking forward
to joining the Royal Navy.
George Davis (17), of Weston-
super-Mare unit, appealed for
TWO cadets from Southwark
sponsorship, but only one person
unit were proud to receive two
responded – his CO, Lt Cdr (SCC)
examples of ‘the cap tally that
Paul Main RNR, who provided
£50 from his own pocket.
OCs Benjamin Wood and
George saved the rest, with
Alexander Davenport were given
help from family, and spent a
the cap ribbons at the final reunion
busy fortnight in Kenya, where
for sailors from the lease-lend
he was struck by the politeness of
escort carrier HMS Speaker.
the people and the cheerfulness
Speaker was built at Seattle-
(and passion for football) of the
Tacoma in America, and was
commissioned by the RN within
“Throughout the two weeks we
months of her launch (as the USS
were there, we managed to paint
Delgada) in February 1943.
a nursery school, set up many
Her wartime duties mainly
pen-pal links between schools, put
involved acting as a convoy and
a new roof on the development
fleet escort with the British Pacific
centre we are building, supplied
Fleet, including escort duties for
equipment to the nurseries,
the Fleet Train in 1945.
planted lots of fruit trees and
Speaker was one of the Allied
much, much more,” he said.
ships in Tokyo Bay on September
Four days after his return
2 1945 at the ceremonies which
George was on his way to HMS
marked the surrender of Japan.
Collingwood for an RN Acquaint
She was returned to the US
Course, which he said gave him a
Navy in 1946, and scrapped
● Trudy Kilcullen, Chief Operations Offi cer of the Jack Petchey Foundation, offi cially launches the training ship Jack Petchey at Mount
in the 1970s after a career as a
Batten in Plymouth
Pictures: Penny Cross (Plymouth Herald)
good idea as to what he can expect
when he joins up next month.
Although George said he will
Because she was a wartime ship,
Petchey is launched
be working on his fitness, many
her ship’s company wore cap tallies
challenges he faces over the coming
bearing the letters HMS and no
years will be familiar to him from
more; it is understood that in
seven years in the Corps.
accordance with that convention
no HMS Speaker ribbons were
ever produced for the ship.
St Albans visit
Reunion day began with a
service in St Margaret’s Church
– the parish church of the House
but Jack misses out
of Commons, also known as the
Speaker’s Church. A GROUP of cadets and staff from
St Albans unit were the guests of
HMS St Albans at Portsmouth.
The frigate is the unit’s affiliated
ship, and the 22-strong party had an
opportunity to see life on board.
HE MIGHT not have been
The cadets, aged 10 to 16, met
there at Plymouth as his
the Commanding Officer, Cdr
namesake boat was launched
Adrian Pierce, and members of the
amidst unseasonal squalls.
crew, and had a chance to explore
the type 23 frigate and watched a
But entrepreneur and
fire fighting demonstration.
philanthropist Jack Petchey left
HMS St Albans recently
those gathered on the rainswept
returned from deployment in the
jetty in no doubt as to how he felt
Mediterranean and Baltic and is
about this project.
now in maintenance.
The 84-year-old Londoner’s
The invitation to visit came from
foundation has given away more
liaison officer Lt Beth Griffin, and
than £60 million over the past
it is hoped to make the visits a
decade to help youngsters reach
their potential and to chase their
dreams and aspirations.
The Marine Society & Sea
Cadets were given £1 million of
● FOUR high-fl ying cadets from
the £2.5 million or so required
were amongst a select group
to build the boat, which will give
chosen to attend a summer camp
some 16,000 cadets and 3,000
at Britannia Royal Naval College.
instructors the chance to train at BUXTON cadets again excelled
LCs George Slade, Julieanne
sea over its projected 25-year life. at the North West Area sailing
Versey and Ben Chandler, and AC
And the foundation’s Chief regatta, when the best from 60
May Andrews (pictured above)
Operations Officer, Trudy units battled it out for the medals.
were joined by cadets from
● TS Jack Petchey is nudged into her berth at the Bridgend Boat Company yard at Mount Batten – a
Kilcullen, stood in for the boss to
across the country at Dartmouth,
former RAF base
A team of eight travelled to
launch the 24-metre vessel. Hollingworth Lake, near Rochdale,
the RN’s prestigious offi cer
“It is a great honour to be able
happened to me in life! It was like other young people can enjoy the director of the fundraising appeal
and after a series of four races
training establishment. The
to represent Jack Petchey at this
going to university. experiences I had. for the vessel, Corps Chaplain
came away with the Pico trophy.
week-long course is designed
important and significant event,”
“I left school at 13 – but I did “I’m so pleased to have this (SCC) Jonathan Cruickshank
They cleared the board in the
to teach cadets self-reliance
said Ms Kilcullen.
not have the qualifications nor opportunity, by building the RNR and MS-SC Chairman Vice
Junior Topper event by claiming
through the acquisition of naval
“I shall be giving him a full
experiences for university. training ship, to give something Admiral Sir Tom Blackburn.
first, second and third, while in
skills in a naval environment with
briefing, because he is truly
“I received very little education back to the Royal Navy... and their The new ship, an uprated
the Bosun class they took second
the introduction of leadership
interested in this project and the
at school – possibly my own fault Naval Cadets. version of the TS John Jerwood,
and third places.
training and team-building
opportunity it will give to so many
because I had no interest, and “To all you young people who was completed ahead of schedule,
The Buxton team was Rada
exercises. Other activities
possibly no encouragement. plan to join the Royal Navy – and and can accommodate 16 cadets.
Ibisheva (first in the Pico),
included early-morning PT,
Ms Kilcullen concluded her
“The Royal Navy was the best those of you who have already It will allow the MS-SC to
Matthew Naden, Jordan Bojitchkov
bridge and navigational work on
speech by passing on a message
learning curve I have had. joined – it’s the best decision you pursue a policy of getting as many
and Jamie Fisher (first, second
fast training boats, and diving.
from Mr Petchey.
“I was always smart and have made in life!” youngsters as possible to sea.
and third in Toppers) and Naomi
“I am so disappointed that I
tidy. The Navy taught me Jack Petchey made much of his Her builder, the Bridgend Boat
Hargreaves/Ben Fuller and Bryony
cannot be with you today for the algebra, geometry, electrical and money through car sales, property Company, is currently putting her Essex/Hannah Naden (second and
launch of the TS Jack Petchey. mechanical engineering – and and by creating holiday resorts. through sea trials, and she will third in the Bosun class).
to celebrate 70th
“I joined the Royal Navy at gave me a very happy experience. Others who spoke at the be formally accepted next spring Closer to home cadets helped to
HMS Collingwood in 1943 – “It is now my pleasure to ceremony included Robert Woods, at her new operating base, HMS build a Viking ship for the Buxton
it was the best thing that ever support a training ship so that a Trustee of the MS-SC and President in London. Carnival procession, which the
PARKSTONE unit celebrates its
unit regards as its best float yet.
70th anniversary this month.
Originally based at Blue
Lagoon, the unit has been on its
Cadets equal to monster river challenge
present site for just over 50 years.
The unit is holding a reunion
A TEAM of cadets from
for all former cadets and members the Northampton and
of staff on Saturday September 19, Wellingborough unit raised £100
throwing open its doors between for the Northamptonshire Air
1400 and 1630 to allow old hands Ambulance and RiverCare River
to chat to current cadets and staff Nene by taking part in the Rotary
over a cup of tea and some cake. Club Dragon Boat Festival.
An evening reunion and buffet Despite racing against adult
will be by invitation only. crews the cadets managed to
If anyone has any memories, achieve 17th place out of 36, and
memorabilia, pictures and the like their time of 66s was just two
which they would like to share or seconds slower than the winners.
see put on display, or if you would CO Lt (SCC) Chris Read RNR
like an invitation for the evening said: “Local community events ● Leading Junior Cadet Joshua
function, please contact Sarah underpin the aim of the Sea McDermott is presented with the
● The cadets in their dragon boat on the River Nene
Burton, Admin Officer, Parkstone Cadets to help its young people Commodore’s Pennant by Area
Sea Cadets, Ringwood Road, to responsible adulthood and the event resulted in more than 20 bin by the Fishermen’s Mission at Meanwhile the unit’s Junior Offi cer Lt Col John Davies RM at
Parkstone, Poole BH141 0RT, cadets always enjoy participating bags of rubbish being removed. Lowestoft, which will be used for Girls team is through to the the Rhyl unit Royal Navy Parade
telephone 01202 745397, email in the Dragon Boat race.” The satellite unit TS Diamond unit navigational training (and to National Regatta in London, as is – the fi rst junior to achieve this
Clearing up in advance of the has been given a ship’s binnacle practise polishing brasswork...) the powerboat handling team. award at the unit
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