Cadets take part in annual camp
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.