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 in 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.

Dunstable Sea Cadets History

Dunstable Sea Cadets are based at the Old Mill, West Street, Dunstable. There has been a windmill in Dunstable since the late 1700’s, ours was built in 1839. 

The unit was set up for Sea Cadets by the late Admiral Sir Lionel Preston KCB.

The unit was set up in 1938 and provided training for young boys wishing to enter the Royal Navy during WW2. Back in the 1940’s there were approximately 80-100 cadets training at these premises, many of whom went on to join the Royal Navy. The training they received held them in good stead and on many occasions fast-tracked them into the senior service for wartime duties.

Today we offer training on land and afloat for up to 60 cadets and the unit operates at Burgee standard.

Training takes place at the unit, or at Stewartby Lake. 

Please see the Picture Gallery to see our many adventures. 

We are rightly proud of the cadets' achievements. 

Dunstable Sea Cadet Unit


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