A Gosport sea cadet became the first member of his unit to receive the prestigious Gold Wings flying qualification.
Leading Cadet Ben Barry picked up his Gold Wings qualification at the annual district parade held at Caffyns Field, Littlehampton.
Approximately 80 cadets attended the ceremony from the Southern District, which is made up from Bognor Regis, Cowes, Chichester, Gosport, Littlehampton, Portsmouth, Ryde and Worthing.
In order to achieve his Gold Wings, LC Barry had to prove his ability in a number of facets.
These included delivering solo meteorological briefs to the Commanding Officer of SCC Aviation, knowing about the six main instruments in the cockpit and being able to use them, understanding military navigation and plotting a navigation route, as well as proving his flying capabilities with a pilot from 727 Naval Air Station Yeovilton.
LC Barry said how proud he was of all the cadets, adding that marching on grass is never easy and everyone managed to keep in step. He also felt particularly proud that he had been the first cadet in the Southern area to gain his Silver Wings flying qualification and he was now overjoyed to have gained his Gold Wings qualification.
Gosport Cadet Unit TS Hornet committee member, Paul Griffin, said: ‘Ben is extremely proud to be the first-ever cadet from the Gosport unit to receive his Gold Wings and is grateful to the Sea Cadet Corps for providing the means for him to experience such a wide variety of activities which he believes will give him a great start in his objective to become a Royal Naval Officer.’
Surgeon Captain Walsh told the cadets that he was particularly honoured to have been asked to take the salute at the parade and congratulated all the cadets on their smart turnout, the quality of music and the impressive march-past.
He was also thankful that the weather had been kind.
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