GOSPORT Sea Cadets celebrated a successful year after sailing, canoeing and marching to become one of the top units in the country.
The 57 cadets at TS Hornet held their annual awards earlier this month, with individual cadets rewarded for their part in putting the unit in the top 10 per cent in England.
The guest of honour at the prize giving ceremony was Commander Ian Harrop, who is in charge of Marine Engingeering at HMS Sultan.
A number of former Royal Navy officers also attended, including unit president Rear Admiral Tony Whetstone, and Commander Mike Shrives along with the Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Richard Dickson.
The first lieutenant at the unit, PO (SCC) Nicky Salmon, said she was delighted that the cadets had taken the opportunity this year to learn about sailing, shooting, mechanical engineering and navigation.
She said: ‘They all turned out and looked fantastically smart.
‘Commander Harrop was extremely impressed by the standard of the unit.
‘All the staff are incredibly proud of them.
‘As far as Sea Cadet units go, we’re in the top 10 per cent in the country.
‘So that’s fantastic for us, we’ve got a great bunch down there.’
The cadets, aged between 10 and 18, were dressed in their ceremonial uniforms and perfomed a full colours ceremony, with Cdr Harrop taking the salute.
And Cadet Petty Officer Andy Rich, 17, studying music at St Vincent College, in Mill Lane, Gosport, was named Cadet of the Year and given the Commanding Officer’s Award, along with being recognised for his kayaking talents.
It comes after he was in the Trafalgar Day parade, the Lord Mayor’s Show and the Diamond Jubilee parade at the Tower of London.
Andy, who hopes to join the Army as a musician, dedicated his year to attending a variety of Sea Cadet courses from Scotland to Plymouth. He was at home for only seven days across the summer holidays.
He said: ‘It makes me feel proud to be part of the unit and part of Sea Cadets, and it makes me feel like what I’ve done over the year has given me the best chances.
‘I enjoy meeting cadets from all over the country, making great friends and gaining experience I can take on through life.’
The staff at the unit were also recognised for their hard work running the unit by Cllr Dickson.
He gave £200 to the unit’s general fund from the Mayor’s Charity Chest.
And the winners were...
Cdt James Wales – Junior sea Cadet Sports Award; O/C Spencer Harries – Seamanship Award and Attendance Award; O/C Rachel Sherman – Shooting Award; Cdt PO Andy Rich - Kayak Award, Cadet of the Year and Commanding Officer’s Award; L/C Beth Fieldsend – RNA Pipe of Achievement and First Lieutenant’s Award; A/C Joe Jacobs – Rowing Award; O/C Carolyn Teixeira – Sports Award; O/C Benjamin Barry – Piping Award; Cdt Amelia Frasle – Offshore Award; Cdt Harry Salmon – General Boat Handling Award and Most Progressed enrolled cadet; Cdt Sebastian Frasle – Most Improved Junior; JCFC Aaron Dunning – Junior Sea Cadet Best Attendance; JCFC Owen Hatch – Junior Sea Cadet of the Year; JCFC Lucas Sherman – Most Progressed Junior