Tuesday 13 April 2010 saw TS JACK PETCHEY, the newest member of the Sea Cadet fleet commissioned at HMS President, St Katharine Docks, London.
Twenty Five cadets joined Jack Petchey himself as he officially commissioned the ship in his name. The £2.6million, 24 mt long power vessel is the sixth in the Offshore fleet, named in honour of Jack Petchey OBE, whose foundation provided the lion’s share of the funding.
On Thursday 15 April Mike Perham, the youngest person to sail single-handed round the globe visited the new ship, joining the Jack Petchey Foundation for its 10th anniversary celebrations. Jack was joined by representatives from Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Police Cadets, Scouts, Guides, Boys Brigade, Jewish Lads and Girls Brigade, Girls Brigade, Air Cadets, St John’s Ambulance.
Jack Petchey, who served in the Royal Navy at HMS Collingwood in 1943 commented, “I am very happy to know that future generations of young people will have an opportunity to experience the discipline, self development and camaraderie that sea training provides”.