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.

The Inverness Sea Cadets were founded in 1938, and adopted on the 9th of May, 1942.

First based in Central school, the base soon moved near to where Cromwell's Citadel had been, which gave the unit the name Training Ship or TS Citadel.

In the late 50s BP wanted to expand their small fuel depot in the area and the Cadets were asked to relocate.
They were given buildings and land at Kessock Farm on the Beauly Firth, where they remain today.

After the move the unit changed its name to TS Briton after the training ship that had been moored in Inverness Harbour for some time.


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