The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent and early Units were 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 in 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.
Ruislip Sea Cadets
We offer a variety of activities such as ceremonial training, seamanship, marine engineering, catering, chartwork, navigation, rowing, power-boating and sailing. We have access to boating facilities on the Welsh Harp reservoir in Wembley where further opportunities for training in kayaking and windsurfing are available. Through our Royal Marines Cadet detachment further opportunities are available in campcraft and fieldcraft.
Ruislip Sea Cadets was formed in 1942 after Warship Weeks at a time when the number of Sea Cadet Units expanded from 100 to almost 350. The Unit was known as Ruislip-Northwood Unit as this was, at that time, the designation of the Urban District. The Unit met in a local school until 1948 when accommodation for its own headquarters was found at RAF West Ruislip's No 4 Maintenance Unit. This part of the RAF base closed in the 1950s and was taken over by the US Air Force which led to the Sea Cadet Unit having to move several times before eventually finding accommodation in 1961 in a disused former barracks hut at the entrance to the old RAF Records section of the base, where it adopted the name TS Pelican. Over the years several other Units have closed and merged with us such that our official designation is now Ruislip, Uxbridge & Pinner Unit.