Welcome to May's issue of our newsletter

Welcome to the May issue of the Sea Cadets newsletter! We would love to hear from you, so do please share your unit stories with us by emailing Ed Meens, Communications Officer on 

- Ed Meens, Communications Officer
Sea Cadets enjoy a royal presence on the water
On Thursday 28 April Sea Cadets Salisbury Unit hosted His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex and sixty cadets, from across the UK, to take part in a rowing challenge for the Duke of Edinburgh Award’s Diamond Challenge. They rowed 90 miles on the River Avon, 15 miles over and above their original challenge which was to row the equivalent miles from Windsor Castle to Salisbury.
The Patron’s Lunch coming to you! 
The Sea Cadets special package of branded party items, which can be purchased here, will help your unit celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. We are encouraging units to throw their own Patron’s Lunch party on Sunday 12 June to join in with the festivities. 
We would love to see your celebration plans so please send them to newsletter@ms-sc.org!



National Drill and Piping competition  
Congratulations to 300 Sea Cadets who took part in the National Drill & Piping competition 2016!
The competition was held on Saturday 24 April at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint, Cornwall.
Special congratulations to units in the South West Area who won the 'Overall Winning Area' award.
To view the full results please click here.

The grand opening of Welsh Harp with Megan Pascoe
We are delighted to announce that Megan Pascoe is taking time out of her training to join us at the opening of the Sea Cadets Welsh Harp Boat station on Saturday 14 May.
The World Champion sailor, says “Sailing to me is a life-long skill and Sea Cadets is an organisation that gives so much to young people." 
Welsh Harp Boat Station will enable nearly 700 cadets aged 12 – 18 every year to gain nationally accredited qualifications in sailing, kayaking, rowing and windsurfing. 
Holiday training available for Sea Cadets
An exciting new opportunity exists for small groups to use SCTC Raleigh during the Easter and summer holidays starting this August. The training centre will be able to accommodate 36 cadets and eight volunteers each week and will provide an excellent opportunity to give your cadets the chance to experience the SCTC in the school holidays. Applications for group bookings opened on 22 April and should be made via email to Lt (SCC) Gary Drew RNR at gdrew@ms-sc.org. (Dates available: 7 Aug to 3 Sep).
Shirley Sea Cadets tour former battleships
On Saturday 23 April Sea Cadets Shirley Unit spent the day at the Historic Dockyard Chatham where they toured HM Submarine Ocelot and HMS Cavalier to get a flavour of what life on warships is like.
Cadet Abigail commented: "It was an amazing experience, one of the best trips I've had. I found the ropery tour very interesting but, then again, I found it all interesting. It was a great day."
The trip was paid for by a kind donation from a member of the public who saw the cadets helping to raise funds for their local Royal British Legion.
Warsash Sea Cadets date with D-Day
Cadets from Warsash Unit were proud to take control of the WW2 D-Day veteran vessel, HMS Medusa, from Gosport to Portland. The cadets had just finished a navigation course at their unit and their instructor, a serving RN Lt, consolidated the classroom training with this operation based experience.
The high point of HMS Medusa’s career was the pivotal role she played in D-Day, using ground-breaking and highly classified electronic navigation aids.


Conwy Sea Cadets show off their training at inspection
On 5 April 2016, Sea Cadets Conwy County Unit hosted North West Area Officer Commander Phil Russ RN at their annual Royal Naval Parade. After many weeks of preparation and practise for the visit, the performance of the cadets was outstanding.
The inspection consisted of a colours routine, Royal Naval inspection, rescue at sea display, where the cadets showed their training in communications, first aid, engineering and ropework.
Commander Russ commented: "The cadets have done their unit, parents and themselves very proud, they clearly have demonstrated nautical adventure and fun."

Freeman of the City of London
Huge congratulations to Lt Cdr (SCC) George Wilson RNR on being made a Freeman of the City of London after introducing many cadets from across London Area to a career in engineering. The Freeman Ceremony was conducted in the Chamberlain’s Court and was attended by a handful of past cadets who are now serving in the Royal Navy as marine engineers and had been first introduced to marine engineering courses whilst in the Sea Cadets.
The fundraising bit...
Lockers? First aid kits? Life jackets? Kayaks? What is the one thing your unit is currently crying out for? We would be interested to know what our units are most in need of so we know best how to help going forward! Please let us know by emailing vboyle@ms-sc.org.

If you're taking part in a Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge, register here using the code CHLG6 - all money raised using this code will go to Sea Cadets!

Sam Smiley
It was with great pleasure that Cambridge Sea Cadets celebrated Sam Smiley's 65 year contribution to Sea Cadets. Sam’s sons, Derek and Philip accepted Sam’s Long Service Award medal and certificate on his behalf after Sam sadly passed away in February before there was time to present him with the medal.
Sam first volunteered at Cambridge Sea Cadets in 1951 before serving on the committee.   

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