Royal visit by HRH  The Duchess of Gloucester

Royal visit by HRH The Duchess of Gloucester

As the Lord Lieutenant Cadet and in support of The Lord Lieutenant who represents Her Majesty The Queen, Cadet Sergeant Upperton was invited to meet HRH The Duchess of Gloucester as she visited Herstmonceux Castle for The Safety in Action Week on the 23rd June 2011.

 
District Regatta weekend

District Regatta weekend

Teams headed to the RNSC at Portsmouth on Saturday to take part in the District Sailing Regatta.  The Bosun was helmed by AC Silburn and crewed by AC Hutchison and successfully gained a place in the Area competition.  AC Hamling and OC Abbott in the Pico’s equally put in a valiant effort.
 
On the  Sunday four teams took part in the District Rowing (Pulling) competition at Hove’s Boating Base.  Success was the name of the day, as the Open Junior Girls and Open Girls teams both won and will be travelling to Portsmouth for the Area Regatta’s.  Both of the boys teams did very well as well gaining second place in both of their classes.
 
 
London URNU Cocktail Party

London URNU Cocktail Party

Four cadets accompanied the Commanding Officer, Lt Juniper to the headquarters of the London University Royal Navy Unit to enjoy their hospitality at their Annual Cocktail party.  Glorious evening sunshine, helped to add to the atmosphere at sunset.  The cadets were introduced to the Mayor of Eastbourne, Cllr Carlyn Heaps plus various other high ranking officers of the Royal Navy and of course the gentlemen of the Old Commrades Club.  

 
ROYAL MARINE CADETS DO IT AGAIN

ROYAL MARINE CADETS DO IT AGAIN

After having won 1st place at the Southern Area competition a couple of weeks earlier which was held at HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, on Saturday 6th May a very determined team of 13 Royal Marine Cadets travelled to HMS Raleigh in Plymouth to take part in the National Ceremonial Drill and Piping Competition.  Many evenings were spent training plus cleaning and polishing kit. 

This is a very prestigious competition and involved over 300 Sea and Royal Marines Cadets from the whole of the Country including Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Troop Commander, Cadet Sergeant Holding marched the team into the Drill shed for their dress inspection which was carried out by Colour Sergeant Mark Allen RM, who is a serving member of the Royal Marines.  If that wasn’t enough pressure, they were quizzed on Corp History at the same time.  From there they carried out a 15 minute routine, starting with a ‘March on’, then a 10 minute free drill rifle display followed by a ‘March Past in review order’.  After a very intense 15 minutes they waited nervously for the results.

Eastbourne Royal Marine Detachment were placed in a very closely fought 2nd place overall with only 4 points separating them from the winning team from South West Area. 

“This is a particularly excellent result after having competed and won the National Gibraltar Cup competition at the beginning of March plus training and winning the National .22 shooting competition with members of the Sea Cadets of TS Eastbourne a couple of weeks later, to be able to train further still and gain such an excellent result is something to be very proud off.  They continue to make their presence known, well done to Capt (SCC) Juniper and his team”, said Lt (SCC) Juniper RNR, Commanding Officer. 

 
Gold D of E practice expedition

Gold D of E practice expedition

What do you think of when it comes to Easter weekend. Chocolate, Easter bunnies, big sunday dinners, or walking up large hills in the hot sun getting blisters and achey legs. A group of 7 cadets and (former cadets), R Cassidy, SGT J Daniels, SGT K Juniper, P.O M Holding, P.O S Wright, P.O A Barrett and SGT S Upperton, set out with the help of P.O and SGT Reeve, to walk and camp across the isle of purbeck for 4 days during the easter weekend. Though they had all done expeditions before this would proove chalanges. But a good weekend was had by all.

 
Gibraltar Cup

Gibraltar Cup

 
Royal Visit by Princess Anne

Royal Visit by Princess Anne

Lord Lieutenant Cadet, Cadet Sargeant Upperton was invited to attending an opening ceremony at Hastings College.

 
Visit to RFA Orangeleaf

Visit to RFA Orangeleaf

Cadets spent a wonder sunny day on board the units affiliated ship, RFA Orangeleaf.  They joined bright and early on the Monday morning and after being given a safety brief by the 2nd Officer they were shown how to don their lifejackets and where to muster in the event of an emergency.  Once ready they were able to stand on the bridge wing as she was towed away from the Quay side to spend the day doing manoeuvres in Weymouth Bay

Every cadet was given the opportunity to visit the engine room, the galley, the ships fridges, bridge and were given a very enjoyable demonstration on the launching of the crash boat in the event of someone going over board and a fire fighting evolution.  The highlight of the day was surely the joint exercise with the Coastguard helicopter from Portland, who approached along her Port side and commenced winching drills.  Cdt Griffiths who was steering the 170m Fleet Support tanker at the time said, with a huge smile on his face,”my mum will never believe this!”.
 
Thank you to the ships Captain and crew for making us feel most welcome a great and tiring day was had by all.
 

 

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