SEA cadets in Warsash have been named the best troop in the country.
The group, TS Tormentor, which meets at Warsash Maritime Academy, in Newtown Road, was short-listed in the top six troops in the country and then crowned top.
It was also given three other awards for outstanding service.
Lieutenant Tony Thurgood, the commanding officer, said: ‘It delights me that out of the top six sea cadet units nationally, where one was elected from each of the sea cadet areas, the national committee at the sea cadet headquarters in London decided overwhelmingly that Warsash Sea Cadet unit is the top unit in the country for 2015.
‘Congratulations to all cadets, adult volunteers, parents and supporters, past and present. You have all contributed to the awards.
‘These are a fantastic set of awards, well deserved by an awesome unit.’
The awards were handed to the unit at the Southern Area Conference last month.
These were; the Stephenson Trophy, for being the top unit in southern area for 2015, the Ledger Award, given to the Warsash sea cadet unit management committee ‘for significant improvement or contribution’, Drake’s Drum, a national award for being highly commended for achievement in seamanship and the Commander Brown Award, which went to Petty Officer Cadet Francesca Thurgood for her sea cadet sail training activities and her aspiration to make a career at sea.
The success was praised by ward councillor Trevor Cartwright, who represents Warsash on Fareham Borough Council.
He said: ‘It is an amazing achievement and thoroughly well-deserved.’
The sea cadet movement started more than 150 years ago and the majority of units have been in existence for most of that time.
Warsash Sea Cadet Unit has been a commissioned unit for only eight years.
Each unit is a stand-alone charity and although part of a movement of nearly 390 units, not every unit has the same facilities or is able to offer the same experience.
Lt Thurgood said that the group had lots planned for the cadets next year and said that he was surprised to win the accolades.
‘Our unit strategy and vision never included being the top unit in southern area, let alone the country,’ he added.