Cadets take part in an­nual camp

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

NINE Navy cadets from the lo­cal unit New Train­ing Ship (NTS) Whit­sun­day, have re­turned from an an­nual train­ing camp at HMAS Cairns with a range of new-found skills and new friend­ships formed.

The Whit­sun­day cadets, aged be­tween 13 and 19, were among 87 cadets from four units across the Far North Queens­land flotilla, who at­tended the four-day camp.

Dur­ing the camp, the cadets were able to par­tic­i­pate in a choice of four cour­ses, en­com­pass­ing a range of very dif­fer­ent skills. Sub­jects on of­fer in­cluded a ma­rine tech­ni­cian’s course, deal­ing with en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples and the ba­sics of ma­rine elec­tron­ics and a cer­e­mo­nial weapons safety course, delv­ing into the han­dling of weapons and skills ap­plied dur­ing cer­e­monies such as AN­ZAC Day dawn ser­vices.

There was also a cook­ing course and a Toast­mas­ter pro­mo­tions course for the se­nior cadets, deal­ing with as­pects such as pub­lic speak­ing and lead­er­ship skills.

NTS Whit­sun­day com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Sub­Lieu­tenant James Lang, said the cadets who took part in the camp had a ball.

“It was also about meet­ing new people and break­ing down bar­ri­ers – ba­si­cally com­ing out of your com­fort zone,” he said.

The camp was also a spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for Sub Lt Lang, who was placed in charge of the en­tire event.

“They ba­si­cally asked me if I wanted the po­si­tion and I read­ily ac­cepted,” he said.

“It’s prob­a­bly the big­gest re­spon­si­bil­ity you can un­der­take at a flotilla level but I found it ex­tremely en­joy­able. I had a good team with me and we all had a com­mon goal.”

Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day will be tak­ing part in Fri­day’s Proser­pine and Cannonvale AN­ZAC Day dawn ser­vices as well as the AN­ZAC Day march in Air­lie Beach. Their next camp will be a shared event with the lo­cal Air Force cadets from May 3-4.

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