Plenty of in­ter-unit fun for Navy Cadets

Whitsunday Times - - ON THE WATER -

A TO­TAL of nine cadets from the lo­cal unit NTS Whit­sun­day trav­elled to Townsville last week­end for an in­terunit ex­change with cadets from the unit TS Co­ral Sea.

The cadets and their staff hit the road on Fri­day af­ter­noon for the long drive to the ded­i­cated TS Co­ral Sea base, lo­cated within the Townsville port.

On Satur­day morn­ing, the units were split into two groups with the younger set tak­ing to the wa­ters off The Strand for a sail­ing ex­er­cise.

NTS Whit­sun­day com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Sub Lieu­tenant James Lang, said here the Whit­sun­day cadets def­i­nitely reaped the ben­e­fits of their fort­nightly sail train­ing in lo­cal wa­ters.

“They all came back say­ing they were the stronger sailors – they do quite a bit more than other units and that was good feed­back for us be­cause we fo­cus a lot on on-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said. Mean­while, the older cadets went to Townsville’s Lavarack Bar­racks for a com­pet­i­tive shoot-out with .22 ri­fles on the 25-me­tre ri­fle range.

Sub Lt Lang said this was “some­thing fairly new” for the Whit­sun­day cadets, who now had the op­por­tu­nity to con­tinue trav­el­ling to Townsville to fur­ther their skills in mas­ter­ing firearms.

On Satur­day night, Navy Cadet uni­forms were swapped for ghoul­ish cos­tumes at a Hal­loween disco, where great fun was had by all.

The fun con­tin­ued on the wa­ters of the Ross River the next morn­ing in an in­ter-unit ca­noe­ing ex­er­cise.

Sub Lt Lang said this was also another op­por­tu­nity for the cadets to prac­tise their mid-wa­ter trans­fers from safety boats to ca­noes.

When the time came to say goodbye on Sun­day af­ter­noon there was no doubt some firm friend­ships had been made.

Navy Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day will re­turn to Townsville in about six weeks. In the mean­time they will con­tinue to meet on home turf for al­ter­nate Fri­day night pa­rades and Satur­day morn­ing on-wa­ter ac­tiv­i­ties.

NTS Whit­sun­day has now raised $4000 of a $30k-plus tar­get, which it’s hoped will fund a ded­i­cated home base. Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing the unit is asked to con­tact Sub Lt James Lang on 0402 479 483.

HAL­LOWEEN SPE­CIAL: Cadets and su­per­vi­sors from NTS Whit­sun­day dressed up for a Hal­loween party with the Townsville unit TS Co­ral Sea. Pic­tured are: Jaxon Leo, Jaymee Mil­ton, David Rap­kins, Lach­lan Craig, Sophie McManus, Anita Pender, Sa­hara Tay­lor-Crane, Tyler Hu­son, Jack­son Sum­mer­field, Allen Thomas, James Lang and Te­gan Voigt.

NEW HORI­ZONS: Cadets from NTS Whit­sun­day trav­elled to Townsville last week­end where they joined with other cadets from TS Co­ral Sea for a range of ac­tiv­i­ties, which in­cluded sail­ing off the Townsville Strand. Photo by Anita Pender.

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