HMS Kent Visit

HMS Kent Visit

10 lucky Cadets and 2 Staff had the privilege of having a guided tour around HMS Kent a serving Type 23 Frigate of the Royal Navy. She was moored in Dover where the Cadets embarked to on Sunday afternoon 2nd October. A Lieutenant from the Ships Company gave a very detailed and informative tour which gave the Cadets an insight to what life is like on a Royal Navy Warship.

 
District Swimming Competition

District Swimming Competition

Cadets took part in the Annual District Swimming Competition where the Cadets are put into different swimming races including backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl and butterfly. Several Cadets took park with a variation of medals and positions achieved, everyone came away with something. One cadet preformed extremely well and will be going forward to Area to represent West Kent in November.

 
District MACT

District MACT

8 Cadets and two members of staff joined HMS Cavalier throughout August attending various courses which were being run. Three Juniors attended the Naval Acquaint course which is designed to give new Cadets the chance to experience the basics of being a Sea Cadet. The other 5 Cadets completed specialisations including Chartwork and Navigation and Meteorology. All Cadets passed their courses, well done to all. A big thank you to the two Staff who supported the courses onboard.  

 
Summer BBQ

Summer BBQ

The Unit held its first Summer BBQ on the 31st July 2016 at Brompton Academy. There was lots of exciting events to participate in on the day including air rifle shooting, football challenge, cakes, soak the staff and many more. The aim for the day was to raise money for the unit in order to purchase new boating equipment. In total the day raised just under £400! A fantastic effort to all who participated

 
Thorpe Park

Thorpe Park

18 Cadets and 4 Members of staff had a days jolly to Thorpe Park on Saturday 16th July. The Cadets and Staff all had an early start to ensure they had the whole day to enjoy the park's fantastic entertainment! Lots of screams and laughter came from all, with everyone having such a great day out!

 
Admirals River Cruise 2016

Admirals River Cruise 2016

Four Cadets and Two members of staff attended the Admirals River Cruise on the River Medway on Sunday 10th July. The Cadets had the opportunity to go aboard various crafts and even have a go at the helm! The Unit is invited to this event each year and is an great joy to partake in. There was even a spread and drinks laid on for the Cadets throughout the day!

 
Field Gun Display

Field Gun Display

Cadets from Medway Towns SCC took part in a display for a local Mens Organisation on the Great Lines. The display was to demonstrate how the Field Gun works and what it takes to run it successfully as a team. The display ran smooth and all spectators were fully impressed with the event.

 
Armed Forces Day 2016

Armed Forces Day 2016

On Saturday 25th June 2016, the Medway Towns Sea Cadets attended Medway Armed Forces Day on the Great Lines. This is an annual event which celebrates the hard work the Armed Forces do for the Country.

The Unit had been training with the Field Gun to put on an arena display however, due to the weather this plan sadly had to be abandoned. The Cadets and Staff still participated in the parade in great force. Well done to all who attended and supported the event.

 
T500 Naming Ceromony

T500 Naming Ceromony

On the 29th June the Unit named our two Trinity 500 rowing boats.

The Oliver J Martin and the Captain Eric were officially named in the presence of Capt Eric Beethams wife and the Page family.

Captain Beetham was a supporter of Medway Towns Sea Cadets and The Marine Society & Sea Cadets nationally, who sadly passed away in 2014.

The Oliver J Martin was named in recognition of the contribution made by the Page family in providing the boat.

Commanding Officer Lt (SCC) Buck Buckingham RNR said "These two rowing boats will add to our fleet of boats, they will mean more young people of Medway will continue to enjoy the cadet experience, with boating being at the heart of everything we do."

 
District Sailing Success!

District Sailing Success!

Congratulations to Cadet Potts B (Right) Who came joint first place at this years district Sailing Competition which took place on Saturday 18th June at Sheppey Unit. Well done to all others who took part in the event.

 
District Rowing Competition

District Rowing Competition

A big well done to all of the Cadets from Medway who participated in the District Rowing Competition held on Saturday 4th June. This is one of the yearly competition that runs within the Sea Cadets and this year Medway Towns came first in the Junior Section Crew. A big well done to all who attended and supported the event. Great Result for the other winners and good luck at Area!

 
Field Gun Training Day

Field Gun Training Day

Cadets from Medway and across the District took part in the training day for this years Armed Forces Day held on Saturday 25th June at the Great Lines. Each year the Sea Cadets preform to the public with an arena run of the Field Gun, telling and showing the history of the Field Gun. This training weekend was packed full of training which teaches Cadets TED (Teamwork, Effort and Discipline).

 
District Boat Work Weekend

District Boat Work Weekend

Three Cadets and two Instructors attended the West Kent District Boat Work weekend which was held at Sheppey Sea Cadet Unit. The three cadets took part in sailing to gain their first qualifications in this afloat syllabus, whilst two staff members were instructing on the Rowing course. The weekend weather was fantastic with sun all day long and all who attended said they had a great time!

 
Boat Station Move

Boat Station Move

The Units boat station located next to Chatham Historic Dockyard has encountered a small move to a new location of about 10 meters! The Units three containers which are home to boats and equipment were moved a short distance closer to the launching slipway. The move which was kindly agreed with the RNSA provides easier access and space when it comes to launching craft. Before the containrs were moved some of the Units instructors and supporters came down to give them a new coat of paint!

 
Boating

Boating

The Unit held it's first boating session of 2016 on the weekend 9th-10th April; which allowed Cadets the chance to get out on the water to gain rowing qualifications & experience. Cadets carried out drills & theory, including: recovery of a man overboard, coming along side, anchoring & parts of a boat.   

 
District Training HMS Cavalier

District Training HMS Cavalier

Cadets from Medway spent four days aboard HMS Cavalier over the Easter break; participating in Naval Acquaint & Intermediate Seamanship courses. The Naval Acquaint course is designed to give new Cadets the chance to gain general knowledge of the Sea Cadets & life aboard a Royal Naval ship. The Intermediate Seamanship course which is the second level of the qualification & builds on the knowledge gained from the basic course. The Cadets learned new skills & developed a wider knowledge of the Seamanship syllabus & enjoyed putting their skills to the test. The Cadets had a great time & had the opportunity to make new friends. Well done to all!

 
Mayors Dinner Dance

Mayors Dinner Dance

Cadets & instructors attended the Mayor of Medway's Dinner Dance which was held at the Corn Exchange in Rochester. The Mayor of Medway hosts a Dinner Dance each year to raise funds for their chosen charities. The Cadets were asked to line the entrance route into the Corn Exchange to meeting & greet the guests as they arrived at the venue. The Cadets were complimented on their smartness & polite attitude throughout the event, with the Mayor being very impressed with the support. The Mayor has sent a letter of appreciation to the CO in which he thanked the Cadets & staff for attending.

 
West Kent District Skills Challenge

West Kent District Skills Challenge

A team of Cadets, from Medway, took part in the first ever West Kent District Skills Challenge which consisted of 17 different challenges which included general Cadet knowledge & skills tests. Other challenges were First Aid, Practical Leadership Tasks, Piping, Uniform Inspections, Brew Challenge & Seamanship. The Medway Towns team came second overall & one Cadet received the award for second best Cadet of the Weekend. Well done to all the Cadets who participated.

 
Area Drill and Piping Competition

Area Drill and Piping Competition

On the weekend of 19th-20th March Cadets from Medway took part in the Area Drill & Piping Competition held at RAF Halton, Aylesbury. The Guard & Unarmed Drill Squad had been preparing for this competition for several weeks. The weekend started with drill training on Saturday followed by dinner & a fun evening. Sunday was an early start for all leaving the unit at 0630 to arrive at RAF Halton for 0900. The Cadets waited a few hours for their turn to show what they had learnt, then marched onto the performance areas & went through their paces, but weren't awarded any prizes. Well done to all Cadets & staff for their tremendous support.

 
UMT Quiz Night

UMT Quiz Night

5th March was the night of the second Unit Management Team quiz, which took place at the unit HQ in Brompton Barracks. Last year's quiz was hugely successful so there was a lot to live up to. Around 86 people participated; made up of supporters, staff or friends of the unit. The quiz consisted of 12 rounds with categories including Geography, Science, Sport, Naval trivia & many more! The evening raised around £500 which was a great achievement! Thank you to the UMT & PSA for planing & running the event.

 
Sports Night

Sports Night

The first sports night of the year was held on Wednesday 2nd March & this kicked off the inter-divisional competition between Ajax & Temeraire Division. Throughout the year the 2 Divisions compete in 6 different sporting events ranging from Rowing to Field Gun. The first event of the year was a Dodge Ball competition; 16 Cadets from each division participated in the event on the Main Deck. The Cadets thoroughly enjoyed the competition & had fun. In the end Temeraire Division were the stronger team & claimed victory.

   

 
District Drill Competition

District Drill Competition

Cadets from Medway Towns took part in the annual District Drill & Piping competition held at Brompton Barracks on Sunday 28th February 2016. The unit entered an impressive 5 teams including an Armed Guard, Unarmed Squad, Continuity Drill Team, Junior Drill Squad & individual piping. It was a cold winter's day however this did not seem to affect the Cadets' performance as they put on a great show & ended up with 2 first places & 2 second places. The Armed guard & Unarmed Squad will be travelling to RAF Halton on Sunday 20th March to represent West Kent District at Area level. A huge well done to all Cadets & training Staff!

 
Presentation Evening 2015

Presentation Evening 2015

2015 ended with the annual Cadet Awards Presentation Evening at which the Cadets who have excelled or have endeavoured to achieve are rewarded with cups or trophies. Each award has strict criteria which must be met in order for a Cadet to be nominated for the award. The winners are decided by all the staff present at the decision meeting held toward the end of the year. Commitment, attendance & participation are necessary qualities of award winners.

The evening ended with refreshments supplied by the Parents & Supporters Association (P&SA).

 
Drake's Drum Award

Drake's Drum Award

The Commanding Officer & Unit Training Officer were extremely delighted to collect the Drake's Drum award, on behalf of the unit, at the Southern Area Conference in November. The award is given to the unit that has achieved the highest number & greatest spread of Seamanship qualifications in the Area. The Cadets have been putting a lot of effort in to gain seamanship qualifications this year & this has been confirmed by this award. A good effort from all!

 
Remembrance Parade 2015

Remembrance Parade 2015

All of the Cadets from the unit were present at the Remembrance Sunday Parade held at the Great Lines Memorial. This parade takes place each year on Remembrance Sunday. This is one of the 3 compulsory parades which Cadets are expected to attend each year.

After the service at the Great Lines the Cadets split into 2 groups to attend the Rochester Parade & service at the Cathedral, as well as the Gillingham Parade at St. Mark's Church.   

 
Kent Poppy Appeal Launch Bluewater 2015

Kent Poppy Appeal Launch Bluewater 2015

Cadets from Medway & Dartford units attended the Kent Poppy Appeal Launch at the Bluewater shopping centre in October, which officially started the RBL Poppy Appeal for 2015. The event began with a parade around the ground floor of the centre followed by a ceremony at which the Military Wives Choir preformed.

It was also a chance for people to discover the story behind the poppy, from origin of the flower’s use as a symbol of remembrance & hope, to the modern day work of the Royal British Legion helping the Armed Forces community in Kent. The Cadets were excited to be involved with the launch & enjoyed being able to take part in the parade around the centre.

 
Promotion from PO to CPO

Promotion from PO to CPO

CPO Bass

At the unit's Royal Naval Parade 2014 the Area Officer (Southern) was able to Promote Petty Officer Bass to Chief Petty Officer.

That's 2 CPO Basses we now have, but as one is male & the other female we hope there won't be too many problems.

 
Royal Naval Parade 2014

Royal Naval Parade 2014

The unit held its biennial Royal Naval Parade Monday 6th October 2014 at the unit HQ in Brompton Barracks.

The inspecting officer was Area Officer (Southern) Cdr Greene, but he was joined by the Mayor & Mayoress of Medway & Army top brass from the Royal School of Military Engineering.

 
Best Dressed for Success 2013

Best Dressed for Success 2013

After the 2012 (Medway Towns) history making success of our Guard getting 2nd place at the national drill & piping competition... many of the same Cadets formed our entry in the Drill Squad competition & achieved 2nd place out of 380 units (400 units according to HQ) & best dressed drill squad, too. As Medway Towns didn't enter a drill squad in the District competition last year or the year before it's quite an achievement.

After a ridiculous journey from Kent to Torpoint which began with a delay, due to the driver having to take a rest break before the squad even left the unit, to the coach running out of fuel well before reaching the Plymouth area, the Cadets from East & West Kent didn't get to go to bed before half past midnight after leaving mid-morning. 

A group of parents & some staff made the trip to support the Cadets & were very impressed with what they saw.

 
Drill Squad 2013

Drill Squad 2013

Our PO Cdt was justly proud to receive the trophy from the Area Recreation Officer when he visited the unit to present the Drill Squad with their Area Drill competition prizes.

Southern Area winners of Best Drill Squad, Best Drill Squad Commander, Best Routine & Best Dressed Drill Squad for 2013.

Well done team "T.S. CORNWALLIS S.C.C."!

 
I name this Bridge...

I name this Bridge...

A ceremony was held for the naming of the road bridge that links St. Mary’s Island to the mainland, the bridge was named after HMS Chatham the Frigate which was commissioned in the basin adjacent to the bridge. Because of this connection the last CO of the ship, Cdr Simon Huntington OBE RN, was asked to unveil a sign on Saturday 22nd September 2012.

The Medway Towns Sea Cadet Unit provided a guard of honour for the occasion. Cdr Huntington spoke with members of the guard as he inspected them, was impressed with their smartness & was pleased to see Cadets he recognised from previous events at which the unit had supported the ship.

Photo by Mr. John A. Gilkison

 
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant

The unit's senior Cadet & a L/Cpl from Chatham Marines Cadet unit were present in the Wardroom of HMS President, London RNR during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Pageant in June. They got to meet HRH Princess Anne, the Prime Minister, the First Sea Lord, a previous Captain of HMS Chatham & many other dignitaries.

Although the event was dampened by drizzle the opportunity the Cadets got will remain in their memories for a long time to come.

 
Ocelot 50 Parade

Ocelot 50 Parade

Cadets from West Kent, namely Medway Towns, Dartford & Maidstone units provided the Colour Guard for the Ocelot 50th Anniversary parade & Beat Retreat ceremony at the Historic Dockyard, Chatham in May. Chatham Marines Cadet unit provided the signal party & VIP escorts.

The parade was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launching of HMS Ocelot the last ship (boat) to be built in the Royal Dockyard at Chatham.

The Royal Marines' band from HMS Collingwood were the star musical treat of the day.

 
Paddle & Pedal 2012

Paddle & Pedal 2012

The CPO Baxter invitational sponsored event involving kayaking from Tonbridge to Allington (30km) on Saturday 21st April & Cycling 17 laps (40km) around the Cyclopark in Gravesend http://www.cyclopark.com/ on Sunday 22nd April to raise funds for the unit.

The event was a logistical challenge & a monetary success with both Cadets & staff taking part & bringing much needed money into the unit.

Yes, that's the CO in a Tigger suit & why not!

 
Silver Sensation!

Silver Sensation!

Southern Area's entry for the National Drill & Piping Competition travelled to HMS Raleigh, by coach, on Friday 27th March. Dartford unit were first in to the drill shed with their unarmed squad entry; the Medway Towns entry for the armed squad (Guard) went on around 1100.

In a seemingly one-sided competition, with most awards being made to units from the South West Area, the Cadets from Medway Towns achieved, a well deserved, silver medal position. Very well done!

That makes our unit 2nd out of 380 units in the UK!

This result was the culmination of a lot of hard work from the Cadets & the 1st Lt, with support from other members of the unit.

(Pictured is our Guard Commander)

 
Medway hit the mark at Drill Competition

Medway hit the mark at Drill Competition

After their success at the West Kent District competition in Brompton Barracks on 4th March, the Medway Towns guard went on to win the Area competition at HMS Sultan on March 25th. 

Pictured with the Guard is CPO Manuel (1st Lt) & a Royal Navy Harrier jump jet.

 
RNA Gravesend

RNA Gravesend

30th May 2011

Medway Cadets put on a Field Gun display to those gathered (including the Mayor of Gravesham & an Admiral) at the Gravesend branch of the RNA's anniversary celebration.

 
Mayor's Cadet Presentation

Mayor's Cadet Presentation

30th July 2011

The Mayor Medway, Cllr Ted Baker, presented this year's Mayor's Cadet with her badge at his dedication buffet at the Corn Exchange, Rochester.

 
Kayak Expedition

Kayak Expedition

30th October 2011

A small group of staff & senior cadets paddled on the river Medway, from Yalding to Allington, taking in 2 portages at locks.

 

 

 

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