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.

Nottingham Unit


Nottingham Unit has been an important part of the Nottingham community since 1940.  Originally in 1940, when founded, the unit was located in the city centre. We moved to our present site 7 years later. The unit from then on went from strength to strength. 

We continue to be one of the most consistently good units in the country and strive to improve the training delivered to the cadets from day to day.

We often participate in community events for fundraising and recruitment purposes. Every year we take part in the Remembrance Parade in Nottingham as well as a Trafalgar Day Parade in the local area, and various other events around the year. If you have an event that you think we could participate in, please get in contact.

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