Visit to Town Council

Visit to Town Council

On the 22nd August the unit was invited to visit the Offices of the town Council where the cadets learned what the council do within Llanelli.

 
Donation

Donation

The Unit would like to thank the Cefn siden Rotary Club for the donation of £150, with out the help of these groups the unit would not be able to forfill its full training to cadets

 
Bike Ride

Bike Ride

Some members of the unit took part in a sponsered bike ride which was arranged by the parent of Junior cadet William roetzer. The ride started in Five Roads going into Llanelli passed the unit then on to Burry Port, apart for a short distance the entire ride followed the cycle track. we would like to thank the grandparents also for their support during the day .

 
Presention of ridgiflex

Presention of ridgiflex

On the 18th june the Llanelli Rotary Club attended the unit too present to the unit a ridgiflex 360 to the unit, the club give the unit the funds to purchase the boat back in Febuary. The members of the Rotary Club were shown what the cadets do on a parade night and shown round the unit the president of the club stsated that the club was inpressed with the cadets and was surprised with the way cadets carry out their work in the unit

 
Presentation

Presentation

On Wednesday 13th February the Unit was presented with a cheque for £1500, this will enable the unit to purchase a Rigiflex 360 for use as a safety boat. The unit would like to thank Llanelli Rotory Club for this donation and their continued support.

 
Presentation Night

Presentation Night

25th January is the unit's yearly presentation night where the unit give the cadets the awards they have won for all their hard work over the last year,

on offer is two place's on board Royalist which is awarded the the Cadet of the year and runner up which is a big award and is a honour to win. Also during the evening the cadets are doing a sods opera in which they will take the roles of the staff in the unit. Which should be very good and witty.

 
New Year

New Year

Its a start to a new year and now we have to get ready for a busy first three months starting off with the yearly ATTI inspection covering all aspects of stores,health and safety and marine stores. then we have our Pre-inspection in Feburary then the full inspection in March. So all cadets have to attend every parade night so we can be the best we can. and to start it we would like to say a big thank you to the sylvia waddilove foundation and the clothmakers foundation for the grants last year for us to purchase safety and boating equipment a big thank you from all in the unit.

 
Christmas Break

Christmas Break

The unit will be closed for the christmas and new year break from the 20th Dec till the 7th Jan 2013, the 20th and the 7th will be free and easy nights so no uniform. So from all the staff, cadets and committee have a merry christmas and a happy new year.

 
Fun Week-end

Fun Week-end

Over the week-end 24th-25th November we had a fun week-end, The cadets had got themselves sponsered and bounced all day on some very carefully seleted spacehoppers. They also played a new game they called HOPPERBALL which they all enjoyed from the youngest to the oldest cadet. Also on the 25th they were the lead group for the towns reindeer parade which welcomed the arrivel of Father Christmas into the shopping mall, At the end of the parade the unit was thanked for supporting the parade by the leader of the rural council and the manager of the shopping mall. 

 
Remembrance Service Conservative Club

Remembrance Service Conservative Club

The Unit attended a remembrance service in the town's conservative club on the 18/11/12, This service is conducted on the following sunday to the towns remembrance service and parade every year and the unit support it with cadets to carry standards and escorts in the hall.

 
The Journal of ECHO the Duck

The Journal of ECHO the Duck

This is the journal of ECHO the Duck mascot of HMS Trenchant

Echo : Journal of a warrior duck.

I am a duck. No ordinary duck though, as I am a

duck of war. I usually look out for a group of cadets

at TS Echo but more recently I have been helping the

crew of HMS Trenchant to gear up for operations as

part of OP KIPPION. HMS Trenchant and her brave

crew are part of a multi-national task force

combatting drug smuggling, people smuggling and

terrorism in the middle east. Its important work so I

have agreed to help the Captain, CDR Lindsay

prepare his crew to carry out their mission

successfully. My name is Echo and this is my journal.

June 30th : Gunnery Training

In the busy and often dangerous waters that HMS Trenchant will be operating in it is necessary

that the submarine can defend itself. In order to be ready the gunnery officer, LT Matin, the XO,

LT CDR Fillmore and myself organised some gunnery

training with the submarines GPMG’s. Just to make

sure that in a pinch the lads will be ready at a

moments notice. With the GPMG’s mounted on the

bridge I showed the crew the correct drills to operate

the weapons safely. Once we were happy that the

team were ready, the Ships protection manager, PO

Oberholzer, and I let the team test the weapons with

live ammunition. This

proves that the

weapons are in a

working state and also

allows the aimers to get used to how the weapons fire. This kind

of practice is vital in making sure the crew can handle any

situation and after the training I'm sure that they are more than

capable to meet any challenge that may come their way.

July 5th : Hands to Bathe

As we continued our voyage towards our area of operations the

captain took advantage of the good weather and allowed the

crew a chance to indulge in ‘Hands to bathe’. This meant that

everyone got a chance to go for a swim, refreshing tired bodies

and getting some sunshine. All work and no play makes Echo a

dull ducky so I jumped in the water with the guys for a paddle.

Never one to miss a chance to train though I took the opportunity

to give some of the guys some swimming lessons. I am a master

of the water after all.

July 7th : WSC Training

HMS Trenchant is armed with Spearfish Torpedoes and

Tomahawk Missiles making her a powerful platform in the

realm of international security. As such, the team in the

Weapon Stowage Compartment or ‘Bomb Shop’ as it is

lovingly called must ensure that the weapons are well

cared for and that the weapon system is ready to be used

at a moments notice. I took a moment to help the bomb

shop crew do some checks on the weapon system. We

call these checks Weapon

Quarters. As you can see

from the photos, all the

checks are carried out carefully in with the appropriate

documentation as well as the correct protective equipment. I also

performed some maintenance inside the torpedo tubes. Going into

the tubes can be scary for the newer members of the crew so, as

a brave ducky I went first to show the boys it was all ok.

July 12th : Navigation Training

Navigating a submarine under water is tricky

business. There is no TOMTOM and its not like

you can just look out of a window for a road sign.

As a master maritime navigator I thought it prudent

to pass some of my wisdom to the officers

responsible for keeping HMS Trenchant safe and

on track. In this photo I am discussing different

techniques for dived navigation with LT Martin

using HMS Trenchant’s electronic navigation

equipment. Newly fitted to HMS Trenchant this

system allows the plot officers to display the boat

position on electronic charts and thereby keep the

boat safe.

July 15th : Ship Control

HMS Trenchant is 5000 tonnes of machine

travelling under water, sometimes very fast

and sometimes very slow. She has to be kept

in control at all times so CDR Lindsay allowed

me to spend some time with the ship control

team, putting them through their paces and

practicing drills. The team of three drive the

boat and operate the systems that propel and

steer the submarine. I decided to test the team

on their drills to make sure that should and

emergency occur they could handle it quickly

and safely.

July 20th : Dolphin Ceremony

All submariners train very hard to earn their

dolphins. It takes weeks of learning about the

boats systems and routines to pass the board and

become a true submariner. Whilst we have been

underway some new members of the crew, with

my help, have qualified to join the elite club of

submariners. The captain held the traditional

ceremony to award the dolphin badge, a symbol

of their status as submariners, to these brave and

lucky souls. Here, SLT Keenan, the AWEO,

receives his dolphins from CDR Lindsay.

 

 
Visit of HMS Trenchant

Visit of HMS Trenchant

On the week-end 10-11 November members of HMS Trenchant paid the unit a visit and paraded in the remembrance service in the town, The unit was very honoured to parade with them and the cadets enjoyed the visit to the unit and was informed on how ECHO the Duck is behaving on board we were told that he now has a journal of his service on board on his first draft, we will be posting photo's soon.

 
Container

Container

The long awaited answer to the problem of having to inflate and deflate the unit safety boat every time we use it arrived yesterday.  A 21' container which is on long term loan from Parker plant was located in the rear compound of the unit, But it did take a lot of movement of the existing storage units and a mine being relocated at the front of the unit so a small Ex-Army comms unit could be located. This work was carried out by the driver from Parker plant who is an ex-cadet and the unit is very grateful to Parker Plant and the driver for the continued support.

 
Boats Storage

Boats Storage

The unit is awaiting the arrival of a 21 foot container to store its safety boat, the container is being supplied from Parker Plant free of charge which the unit is very grateful. this is another gift which Mr George Parker has given the unit and his continued support of the unit is very much appreciated. Photo's of the delivery will appear when the container is delivered.

 
HMS Trenchant

HMS Trenchant

 

 

                     

08/08/2012

New submariners from HMS Trenchant have emerged into the Middle East sunshine after a month at work. The Plymouth-based Trafalgar class boat has arrived at the United Arab Emirates port of Fujairah after a transit from Britain lasting 29 days.

And for seven members of the crew, it is their first arrival as qualified submariners – complete with highly-prized dolphins.

The submarine is due to take its place in a multi-national task force in support of Royal Naval operations in the region, providing security at sea and protecting the economy of the UK.

Before leaving Britain Trenchant’s crew went through a challenging period of revalidation and work-up, administered by the Royal Navy’s training experts at Flag Officer Sea Training to ensure that the boat is ready for any tasking required in her operational area.

The training was tough, so when there was an opportunity to enjoy a rare swim and a BBQ on the casing the ship’s company took their chance. They were joined in the deep blue by their new mascot, Echo the Duck, which has been donated by the Sea Cadets of Trenchant's affiliated Sea Cadet unit, Training Ship Echo.

 

 

 
Visit to Town Council

Visit to Town Council

The visit to the town council went very well with the cadets seeing what the difference is between the town and rural council's. the members of the town council give the cadets a warm welcome and allowed them to sit in the council chamber which was differant to the rural council, The Unit give the town council an invite to the unit which they accepted. 

 
Queens Diamond Jubilee Medals

Queens Diamond Jubilee Medals

A little late, but better late then never On the 24/05/12 OIC of the unit Petty officer(SCC) Lucy Killick and Lieutenant(SCC) P Killick RNR was presented with their Queens Diamond Jubilee Medals.

 
Town Council

Town Council

The Unit has had an invite to visit the town council on Tuesday night, The council help and support the Unit and the unit will attend all requests from the council, The council has over very many years supported the Unit with grants and has funded the royalist reserved berth scheme. The Unit also works with the council on such events as the Armed Forces day Service and remembrance day.

 
Visit to Rural Council Office's

Visit to Rural Council Office's

The Unit was invited to visit the rural council. This was arranged to say thank you to the unit for all it does to support the council when requested to do so. Also the leader of the council presented the Unit with its 2012 pennant, The unit had a very warm welcome from the members of the council and they showed the cadets round the offices and held a informal council meeting in the council chamber which the cadets took the part of the council asking the leader questions on what the council did. which was very interesting and informative.  

 
70th Anniversary

70th Anniversary

70th DinnerTHE 70TH CELEBRATIONS HAVE BEEN A VERY BIG SUCCESS WITH THE DINNER AND THE CHURCH SERVICE, THE UNIT WISH TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HAVE SUPPORTED US OVER THE WEEK-END. AND THE OIC IS NOW AT EASE WITH THE PR WORK SHE HAS TO DO AS THE FRONT PERSON OF THE UNIT, AS SEEN IN THE PHOTO AS SHE POSES WITH THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DYFED HON R LEWIS OBE, CAPTAIN M WINDSOR ROYAL NAVY, CAPTAIN OF THE SEA CADETS, LIEUTENANT COLONEL D MATHIAS PRESIDENT OF TS ECHO

 
70th ANNIVERSARY

70th ANNIVERSARY

 

CRESTTHE UNIT IS PREPARING TO CELEBRATE ITS 70th BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK-END BY WELCOMING CAPTAIN WINDSOR ROYAL NAVY, CAPTAIN OF THE SEA CADET CORPS TO THE TOWN,

                        OVER THE WEEK-END CAPTAIN WINDSOR ALONG WITH THE LORD LIEUTENANT OF DYFED AND DIGNITARIES FROM THE TOWN AND RURAL COUNCILS, MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT AND SUPPORTERS OF THE UNIT WILL ATTEND 

                        A DINNER IN THE THOMAS ARMS HOTEL, AND ON THE SUNDAY ATTEND A CHURCH SERVICE ALONG WITH CADETS FROM THE UNIT AND CADETS FROM THE DISTRICT AT THE PARISH CHURCH AT 1400hrs. CAPTAIN WINDSOR WILL

                        ALSO VISIT THE UNIT ON THE SUNDAY MORNING INFORMALY BEFORE THE CHAIRPERSON AND THE OIC TAKE HIM TO LUNCH.    

 
Presentation Evening a great success!

Presentation Evening a great success!

The Llanelli Sea Cadets Annual presentation evening was a great success on the 27th January 2012.

 

The unit would like to thank the cadets, parents and all supporters for making the night such a success.

 

Well done all and keep it up for the next year!

 
26th September - Help us get a £6000 grant!

26th September - Help us get a £6000 grant!

Support a local charity! Visit this page to click and vote for the Llanelli and District Sea Cadets - T.S.Echo to give them a chance to win up to £6000!
http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/106 - Voting opens 26th!

 
Sea Cadets - 70th Year anniversary 2012.

Sea Cadets - 70th Year anniversary 2012.

http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Sea-Cadets-landmark-plans/story-13191645-detail/story.html

 

Sea Cadets' landmark plans

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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BIG celebrations are planned by Llanelli Sea Cadets next year to mark their 70th anniversary.

It was in 1942 that the town of Llanelli rallied together to raise more than £300,000 (equating to millions today) to help sponsor a warship in the Second World War. Cadets spokesman Paul Jenkins said: "Out of these efforts, the town's support helped create a Sea Cadet unit."

The ship was named HMS Echo, and the town was its official sponsor — hence the Cadets having the name TS Echo. Mr Jenkins said: "We have two aims next year — the first being to commemorate our 70 years of existence as a charity, and second, helping to remind the townsfolk of the amazing feat they all did, when they pulled together and helped raise millions."

The plan now is to hold a series of events such as shows and parades. Mr Jenkins urged town businesses to give support by making the Cadets their 2012 charity of the year.

"This is something we are really hoping will kick off a big interest in town."

 
19/07/11 - Visit to Mayors Parlour

19/07/11 - Visit to Mayors Parlour

The Cadets were kindly invited to the Mayors Parlour at Llanelli on Tuesday the 19th July 2011.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Mrs. Linda Stedman invited the unit along to show the unit the Mayors Parlour and as a show of appreciation for the work that the cadets do.

Many of the Cadets met the Mayor on the Re-Dedication of the affiliated Boat HMS Trenchant at HMS DRAKE. Councillor Mrs. Linda Stedman spoke to the cadets about the trip and also about the various activities that the cadets do, before showing them around the Parlour.

What a fantastic evening, many thanks.

 

 
18-19 July 2011 - Swansea Special Games -

18-19 July 2011 - Swansea Special Games -

The Llanelli Sea Cadets helped out on the Special Games at Swansea as they have

done for years.

The cadets act the timekeepers and game marshalls at the events.

The event is for children and adults with special needs throughout the area and they

take part in events in the Field, Track and running categories.

 

 
Llanelli RNA donate funds for Royalist Adventure!

Llanelli RNA donate funds for Royalist Adventure!

The Llanelli Branch of the Royal Naval Association have pledged to donate

£520 to the Llanelli Sea Cadets to fund two Berths on board T.S. Royalist.

Almost every week of the year, 24 Sea Cadets, Combined Cadet Force (Navy)

and a single week of Air Cadets from all over the UK join the ship and spend

the whole week on board working as part of the team. Many different parts of

the UK are visited, sailing from her home berth in Gosport to Southampton,

Poole and the Isle of Wight.

There are 6 permanent members of crew who instruct the embarked cadets on

a weekly basis, and also carry out the maintenance/winter refit. These are the

 Captain, the Sailing Master, the Engineer, the Boatswain (Bosun), the Coxswain

and the Cook.

Two lucky Llanelli Sea Cadets will be chosen to go onboard Royalist in August.

 
16/07/11 - Trostre

16/07/11 - Trostre

Thank you to all the cadets who helped out on the Trostre

Recruiting and Fundraising stall where we raised near £300!

Fantastic effort!

In a matter of 6 days we have reached our monthly target!

 

 
Rowing Weekend Success!

Rowing Weekend Success!

The Llanelli Sea Cadets had a rowing weekend over the 2nd

and 3rd July.

The cadets took part in a variety of water activities, Rowing,

Sailing, Powerboating and even Kayaking thanks to help from

PO Thomas and S/Lt Elliott for assisting.

The cadets gained a variety of qualifications and all had a fantastic

weekend, helped by amazing weather.

 

 
Cadets take on Kayaking competition

Cadets take on Kayaking competition

Four Llanelli Sea Cadets travelled with their OIC to

Fishguard on Sunday 26th June.

They entered the Kayaking competition for the first

in well over 10 years of Llanelli history.

Whilst the unit did not come away victors, they tried

hard and learned a lot, ready for next year.

Well done all.

 
Visit to Unit - Nia Griffith MP

Visit to Unit - Nia Griffith MP

Llanelli MP Nia Griffith visited the Llanelli Sea Cadets

on the 17th June 2011.

 

The units First Lieutenant Lt (SCC) Peter Killick RNR

showed the MP around the unit, showing what activities

 we do, and to meet the cadets and staff at the unit.

 

Nia Griffith MP also presented the cadets with presentations

of various awards and also the units hard earned Pennant.

 
Facebook Page Launched!

Facebook Page Launched!

You can now connect with the Llanelli Sea Cadets via our Facebook Page!

 

Visit www.Facebook.com/LlanelliSeaCadets and click on LIKE!

 
Text Donate!

Text Donate!

Donations


If you would like to donate, the easiest way is by using your mobile phone.

 Simply send a text message to 70070 including our code

LLAN00 – and a monetary amount:

 To: 70070
LLAN00 £2

You can donate £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. After you’ve sent the text,

you’ll receive a confirmation text back containing details on how to

add Gift Aid, meaning T.S.Echo could benefit from an extra 25%.

Just Text Giving Logo

This service is free for Llanelli Sea Cadets, and anyone on any mobile

 network can use it to donate to the band. Your donation will be deducted

 from your mobile phone credit, or added to your monthly phone bill. 

You won’t be charged for the text message either.

 
Lady Hunt Inspects the Division!

Lady Hunt Inspects the Division!

Recently the Llanelli Sea Cadets travelled to HMS Drake to take part in

the Re-Dedication ceremony for HMS Trenchant.

You can see the pictures here of the inspection, as Lady Hunt inspected

the parades divisions, which included the Llanelli Sea Cadets Squad.

 

What an honour!

 

The Llanelli Sea Cadets enjoyed their time and now move onto their

next event, which will be the Rowing Race next Sunday (12th July)

 
Safety Cover - Raft Race

Safety Cover - Raft Race

The Llanelli Sea Cadets have been asked to provide

safety boat cover on Sunday the 5th June 2011 at

the Llanelli Raft Race. The Raft Race is being organised

by the Llanelli Branch of the Round Table.

Last year saw three rafts racing along, whereas this

year the Round Table estimate around 12 rafts will compete.

The Llanelli Sea Cadets entered a Raft in last years competition

and came 2nd out of the three teams.

This year they will provide safety boat and first aid cover and

after the race they will partake in training for the Rowing Competition.

 

 
Re-Dedication ceremony of HMS Trenchant

Re-Dedication ceremony of HMS Trenchant

The Llanelli Sea Cadets have been invited to attend

divisions for the Re-Dedication of HMS Trenchant.

HMS Trenchant is the affiliated boat for Llanelli Unit

and has recently been to visit the unit and attended

 the Remembrance Day Parades.

HMS Trenchant has been undergoing a re fit at HMS 

Drake and will undergo its Re-Dedication Ceremony

on Friday 3rd June.

It is an absolute honour for Cadets to be invited along

to parad

 
Camp Cancelled 4-6th June 2011

Camp Cancelled 4-6th June 2011

The Unit Camp that was scheduled for the weekend

 4th-6th June has been cancelled.

PO L Jenkins took the decision to cancell the camp. 

The camp has been rescheduled for a date in August.

Use the Calander feature on this site to find out what is coming up.

 

 

 

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