Sea cadets shine brightly at top brass inspection

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IT happens just once every two years so the Sea Cadets pull out all the stops for their Royal Navy inspection.

And the youngsters at Warsash Maritime Academy impressed inspectors – who are senior ranking officers in the Royal Navy – with their parade last night.

ON PARADE Commander John Greene of the Royal Navy talks to cadet Holly Hayward, 14, as part of his inspection of sea cadets at Warsash Maritime Academy. Picture: Ian Hargreeaves  (132874-1)

ON PARADE Commander John Greene of the Royal Navy talks to cadet Holly Hayward, 14, as part of his inspection of sea cadets at Warsash Maritime Academy. Picture: Ian Hargreeaves (132874-1)

Scores of cadets from TS Tormentor did their Commanding Officer Lieutenant Tony Thurgood proud.

Uniforms and marches were perfect as they went on parade followed by a awards ceremony which recognised some outstanding achievements.

It is a major uniformed ceremonial occasion.

CO Thurgood added: ‘I’m extremely proud of them. They’ve shone very, very brightly.

‘They are a capable group and they enjoy everything they do.’

One of the cadets who impressed the inspecting officers was Petty Officer Kirsty-Nicolle Wright.

The 17-year-old student, from Warsash, was chosen by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford, to be her dedicated cadet and accompany her on official duties.

She said: ‘I’ve been a cadet for three years and worked my way up the ranks quickly.

‘It’s a real honour to follow the mayor because you get to see what the Fareham community gets up to.

‘I love being a sea cadet because of the different opportunities it gives you.

‘I was fortunate enough to go on the international exchange to Holland this summer and I also got to spend a week on TS Royalist – something you don’t get to do in normal civvy street life.

‘I’ve been flying, I’ve been on a rowing instructors’ course, I’ve been on a sailing trip from Scotland to Wales.

‘Within the unit I’ve gained a BTech in marine engineering.

‘We’ve got to do loads of stuff that we would never do if we weren’t in sea cadets.’

TS Tormentor was set up by chairman Stephen Selmes, a Royal Navy reservist, in 2006.

Among the activities the youngsters get to take part in are diving, power boating, sailing, kayaking, mountain climbing and flying.

He said: ‘The Royal Navy parade is really a celebration of our unit and its fantastic cadets.’