Navy Cadets enjoy once-in-a-lifetime event
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.