History

Sea Cadets helps teenagers to stretch themselves and become the best they can be. We know what that takes because we've been doing it for over 160 years.

The turbulence of youth

The pressures that young people face are ever-changing, but what remains constant is that the teenage years can be turbulent. Independence is exciting, but also daunting.

For orphans of the Crimean War, sleeping in the back streets of England’s sea ports, life looked bleak. To help them, coastal communities banded together to provide places for sailors to pass on nautical skills and training to give these destitute young people a future. This is how, in 1856, the Naval Lads’ Brigade was born.

Royal patronage

Soon, they were springing up across the country, and in 1899, Queen Victoria marked their importance to young people by becoming Patron, and giving £10 to the Windsor unit for uniforms.

Today, HM The Queen is our Patron and HRH The Prince Andrew Duke of York KG GCVO is our Admiral of the Corps.

Scroll through our gallery to learn more about our rich history....

Newhaven and Seaford Unit was originally based at the old Royal Naval Volunteer Headquarters in Bridge Street until 1975 when the unit was sold and we moved into our present unit on a temporary basis, that has been temporary for 37 years!!!.

The cadets over the years have been involved within the catchment area of Newhaven,Seaford,Lewes,Peacehaven and Telscombe and even partaken in events in Brighton helping the local Royal British Legion's, the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex and the local mayors at various events.

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