The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.

Training Ship Kent's origins go back to the former Naval Cadets who met in the Royal Dockyard at Sheerness in the 1930s. It was run by naval personnel but following the closure of the training establishment before the Second World War the Unit was opened up to boys from the town.

At the outbreak of the second world war the civilian instructors were appointed to ranks in the RNVR and as a result of the "Bounty Scheme" and the unit became known as the "Sheerness Sea Cadets"

Sheppey Sea Cadet Unit No 301 as we know it today was incorporated in to the Navy League Sea Cadet Corps on 29th June 1942 and first met at New Road Sheerness before moving to the present site at Barton's Point in 1954. Other headquarters prior to the R.A.B. Sports ground in New Road included HM Dockyard: The Sail-makers Loft, The Stables and HMS Wildfire, they also paraded at the Towers Hall Sheerness High Street and the Oxford Cinema Russell Street. The first RN inspection by the Royal Navy of the Unit was carried out in 1952 at the New Road Headquarters.

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