42 NAVY NEWS, APRIL 2010
Cash used for new safety boat
HOLYHEAD unit is considerably closer to rebuilding its collection of boats following a donation from defence giant BAE Systems. The company handed over £2,500 at a presentation held in the unit’s HQ at Newry Beach. Receiving the donation,
chairwoman Ann Kennedy said: “It is these generous donations by companies like BAE Systems that allow us to continue our work at the heart of a hard-put-upon community. “These young people are our future and a wonderful example of the town’s best. “We owe them the very best
Angela Owen, who presented the cheque on behalf of the defence company, said: “BAE Systems is an employer of Anglesey people at RAF Valley and is fully committed to being part of the island community. “Supporting valuable and
important community groups such as the Holyhead Sea Cadets is a solid expression of that commitment.”
The Commanding Officer of
TS Prince of Wales, Lt (SCC) Sue Williams RNR, said: “This money will now allow us to buy a safety boat.
“A safety boat will guarantee
that the cadets can go out training on the water and have fun in boats as often as opportunity presents.”
Worthing enjoy the view from the Ark
A GROUP from Worthing unit was given the chance to see the Royal Navy’s newest class of surface ship when they paid a visit to Portsmouth
Two dozen cadets and six staff
from TS Vanguard, including a number of members of the Marine Cadet detachment, travelled to Portsmouth under the direction of Lt Andrew Parker to visit HMS Daring and HMS Ark Royal. The group was given a grand tour of the destroyer’s facilities, from the flight deck to the bridge. The group was fascinated by the new Type 45 warship and her capabilities, and their questions led to some interesting conversations on the way forward for the Navy.
“The new lines of the ship and the sleek look really made a great impression as well as the modern systems used to help this warship in its quest,” said CPO (SCC) Robert Picknell, the unit’s First Lieutenant. “HMS Ark Royal was a good reflection of a different era of warship compared to HMS Daring, and it was astounding
l Cadets from Worthing unit at the top of the ramp on HMS Ark Royal
how much space was on board. “We entered HMS Ark Royal and stood in the hangar. “We looked right facing forward
and saw two lifts, one up and one down. “We then proceeded to the bridge via the medics’ and
Sam is the one
A SHIRLEY and District cadet has been chosen to receive the title of West Midlands Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet for 2010-11.
POC Sam Merchant joined as a Junior Cadet at the age of ten and has worked his way up to his current standing as the senior cadet in the unit. His nomination was in recognition of all the hard work which Sam put in over the past months and years, placing him at the head of the list of applicants from across the West Midlands. As the successful candidate, Sam will be asked to carry out a number of duties at ceremonial and presentation evenings held by the Lord Lieutenant, Paul Sabapathy, during the year.
l Brothers Usama, Hamza and Abbas Ibrahiam at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley
Three brothers, three forces
THREE brothers, three Armed Forces, one simple solution.
The brothers Ibrahiam – Sea Cadet Usama, aged
12, Army Cadet Hamza, aged 18, and Air Cadet Abbas, aged 17 – were on duty outside the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley for a visit by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who were in the Midlands to mark the centenary of the city of Stoke-on-Trent’s federation as a county borough.
The royal party took time to stop to chat to the
tri-Service cadet guard, of which the brothers were members, before viewing the Staffordshire Hoard treasure as part of a whistle-stop tour of the city. The brothers said they joined different services so they would be treated as individuals rather than someone following in the others’ footsteps, and all felt very proud to represent their particular Service on the day.
Excalibur helps heroes
MEMBERS of the Glastonbury and Street unit were honoured to be invited to the first ever Help for Heroes service of thanksgiving, held at Wells Cathedral in Somerset.
The cadets of TS Excalibur manned the exits to take donations as people left the service – and a grand total of £2,245 was collected.
Pictured are (back row, from
left) Cdt Griffin, PO Badman, LC Casey, Cdt Vinnell, PO Forrester and Cdt Chudlow; (front row) AC Jeffries, Junior Cdt Chinnock, AC Gwillam.
Among the congregation were injured soldiers, their families and friends and local dignitaries.
A SERVING soldier has visited Wallasey unit to thank them for the boxes of goodies sent to him and his colleagues while on deployment.
Royal Corps of Signals, presented the unit with a plaque, and thanked the youngsters for their efforts – shoe boxes full of sweets, chewing gum, pens, toothpaste,
and cakes were well received by those on the front line.
groups and Mrs Kay Hurst, who parcels up the shoe boxes, more than 500 such gifts were sent out from the Wirral.
ROYAL Navy physical training staff hosted cadets from
St John’s College unit in
Southsea – the first Sea Cadet unit to be attached to a school. The Sea Cadets, aged from
within the Senior Service (an
example of which is pictured right).
After the games were the
popular sports completed
each given a Royal Navy T-shirt and a water bottle.
Picture: LA(Phot) Keith Morgan
nine to 13, played arcane games including Swedish longball and bucketball,
Along with those of other local Staff Sgt Lee Norman, of the
Picture: TI Colin O’Neill (MCD)
paymasters’ compartments. “We had a great view, and the cadets were astounded that they were able to stand on the bridge of HMS Ark Royal – it was something they could tell their school friends. “We then were allowed to walk to the top of the ski jump on the bow section and then to the aft.”
l Andy Hogg at his retirement
Tiverton supporter mourned
A KEEN supporter of Tiverton unit has died at the age of 80. Andy Hogg left the Royal Navy
as a warrant officer in 1986 after 37 years of service, becoming the oldest man afloat. He served in 14 ships, including four aircraft carriers, and with seven years in HMS Hermes he came to regard it as his second home. He was resident barber on most
ships, claiming he knew everyone on board – at least by the backs of their heads.
Using funds raised by this
‘evening work’, Andy supported various Naval charities, including the cadets of TS Hermes; in 1978 he received the MBE for his charitable work. A devout Christian, Andy was
strictly teetotal and a regular attendee at Naval Christian Fellowship meetings held on board his ships. Andy was married to Irene for 57 years and they had five children.
l The guard at the wedding of David Edwards and Natalie Bostock
CADETS from Stoke-on-Trent unit put on a guard for a member of staff at her wedding. Natalie Bostock, daughter of unit CO Bev, was a cadet at TS Talent from the age of 11, and at 18 transferred across to become a member of staff. She is still with the unit at the age of 23, and towards the end of last year married fiancé David Edwards at the Church of Saints Mary and Chad, Longton. As they left the church after the ceremony, the married couple were delighted to find the Sea and
Marine Cadets forming a guard. Natalie’s grandfather, Michael served in the Royal
Navy for ten years and is a former Ganges Boy. In 1992 he was diagnosed with
acute myeloid leukaemia, and was told he did not have long to live. But he was still around almost
20 years later to fulfil his wish to see his granddaughter married. With that ambition achieved, he had to come up with another target – to see his great grandson either play for Manchester United or join the Royal Navy.
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