Navy Cadets en­joy once-in-a-life­time event

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THREE rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Navy Cadet unit New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day were lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence the cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions of the Royal Aus­tralian Navy and are now back from NSW af­ter hav­ing the time of their lives.

NTS Whit­sun­day com­mand­ing of­fi­cer James Lang, chief petty of­fi­cer Martin Hart and Navy cadet Rhys Warminger trav­elled to Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 1 to take part in the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view.

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lang said Rhys was one of just 260 cadets who were in­vited to the pro­ceed­ings from more than 3000 who ap­plied.

Of­fi­cer Lang said high­lights of the ten-day trip in­cluded watch­ing the fleet of in­ter­na­tional war­ships en­ter­ing Syd­ney Har- bour and form­ing a cer­e­mo­nial guard for the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral, Quentin Bryce and vis­it­ing royal, Prince Harry.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded rep­re­sent­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Navy on Fort Deni­son in Syd­ney Har­bour and wit­ness­ing the spec­tac­u­lar cen­te­nary fire­works dis­play.

A com­mu­nity ser­vice day with vis­its to sev­eral nurs­ing homes in Western Syd­ney and two tra­di­tional Free­dom of En­try marches in the Syd­ney sub­urbs of Moss­man and Par­ra­matta were also part of the trip, as was an ‘ in­ter­na­tional ships march’ through the Syd­ney CBD, from Cir­cu­lar Quay to the Town Hall.

Other fun ex­cur­sions in­cluded a visit to the Mar­itime Mu­seum and an out­ing to the Jam­beroo Wa­ter Park.

Trips out­side Syd­ney in­cluded vis­its to HMAS Creswell, an of­fi­cer train­ing land base in Jervis Bay and HMAS Al­ba­tross, the fleet air arm in Nowra.

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lang said there was no doubt that over­all this was a once-in-a-life­time trip.

PROUD MO­MENT: NTS Whit­sun­day com­mand­ing of­fi­cer James Lang at Fort Deni­son on Syd­ney Har­bour dur­ing the Royal Aus­tralian Navy's In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view.

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