Thurrock Sea Cadets - TS Dragon 335
Thurrock Sea Cadets were formed in 1942 and were named TS ST. CLEMENTS they paraded in the Nissan huts inside Tilbury docks.
In 1982 they moved into the grounds of the park school in Bridge road and were renamed TS BOXER, Thurrock Sea Cadets were then affiliated to the brand new Type 22 Frigate HMS BOXER (F92). The ship was decommissioned in September 1999. The last Commanding Officer of HMS BOXER personally asked if they would continue to carry the name of the ship.
In 2007 Thurrock Sea Cadets moved to the TA Centre off Hogg Lane in Grays. With over 35 cadets the unit enjoys taking part in various activities from walking, sailing, power boating, climbing and Marine Engineering.
The unit has moved from the TA Centre in December 2009 and now parades at the St John Ambulance Grays Headquarters
In Februrary 2014, TS Boxer was renamed TS DRAGON. HMS Dragon is the fourth ship of the Type 45 or Daring-class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy. She was launched in November 2008 and commissioned on 20 April, 2012.
Thurrock Sea Cadets - TS IVESTON M1151
In 1993 Thurrock Sea Cadets took possession of a unique facility an ex Royal Naval Ton Class Minesweeper named HMS IVESTON. The ship which is permanently moored inside Tilbury Docks offers both land based and water based training to cadets from Essex, London and Southern Area. IVESTON was brought by the unit from the MOD in 1999.
As a Nationally Recognised Sea Cadet Marine Engineering Centre IVESTON offers cadets throughout the UK the opportunity to gain the Class 1 qualification and is also recognised to help cadets achieve the BTEC in Marine Engineering.
IVESTON is also home to the Thurrock Sea Cadets RYA Recognised Training Centre which enables them to teach cadet’s various skills in powerboating and dinghy sailing, which lead to gaining RYA qualifications these, are recognised in over 85 countries around the world.
Training is usually held inside Tilbury Docks which is a non tidal commercial port, the operating area covers over 2miles of water. In the summer tidal training is conducted on the River Thames, often taking day sail trips from Tilbury to Purfleet.
Courses run at the RTC : RYA Youth Sailing Scheme Stage 1 -4, RYA National Sailing Sailing Level 1 & 2, Seamanship Skills, Day Sailing, Sailing with Spinnakers, Preformance Sailing, RYA Powerboat Level 1, Level 2 & Safety Boat - Theroy Courses RYA Diesel Course