Sea Cadets from across the UK recently participated in an exciting week of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics based activities at the HMS Sultan Sea Cadets Engineering Summer Camp.
24 Cadets aged between 14 and 18 were given hands-on experience of Air and Marine Engineering within the Defence College of Technical Training’s Defence School of Marine Engineering and the Royal Naval Air Engineering & Survival Equipment School in support of the ‘2018 Year of Engineering’ cross-government campaign to encourage young people into engineering.
As well as promoting Engineering, the week also offered the Cadets an opportunity to develop an understanding of leadership within the Royal Naval Leadership Academy at HMS Collingwood, and make trips to QinetiQ, the Royal Navy’s research agency, and go onboard HMS Dragon and HMS Westminster.
The Cadets were accommodated throughout the week within the HMS Sultan Royal Naval Cadets Unit. With the Cadets having to ensure that Fort Grange Keep was kept fit for a rounds inspection throughout.
On the Friday morning, before heading home the Cadets ensured that their boots were sparkling as they attended a special passing out parade. Certificates were presented to each Cadet by Commodore Paul Marshall CBE Royal Navy, the Type 26 Programme Director. In addition, Cadet Titania Whitham from Hull-based unit TS Iron Duke was presented with a special prize as the group's top performer.
Titania Whitham said: “I travelled a long way to take part in the week and I’m really glad that I have. The guys in the workshops have been excellent, they’ve welcomed us in even with lots of Navy training going on around us and we’ve done it. There’s a lot more to it than I expected.”