All hands on deck for 249

Bri­gus sea cadets demon­strate their sea­wor­thy skills at an­nual in­spec­tion

The Compass - - NEWS - BYMELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­

Be­fore the march­ing be­gins at All Hal­lows gym­na­sium in North River, a loud au­thor­i­ta­tive fe­male voice charges the troops to “fall in.”

Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Sa­man­tha Linthorne of 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadets of Bri­gus holds the po­si­tion of coxswain, and en­er­get­i­cally gives or­ders to the ship’s com­pany to en­ter and be­gin the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Com­mands can be heard from the hall­way out­side the gym for the band to be­gin while a pa­rade of 10 flag bear­ers lead the way.

Fol­low­ing in step are nearly a dozen cadets car­ry­ing wooden ri­fles, and fi­nally, the 15-mem­ber band. Full group par­tic­i­pa­tion The en­tire 39-mem­ber unit takes part in three sep­a­rate at­ten­tion-grab­bing demon­stra­tions.

A dozen cadets be­gin the first sched­uled ac­tiv­ity, sea­man­ship, where each cadet picks a vol­un­teer from the au­di­ence and teaches them ba­sic rope skills at three dif­fer­ent sta­tions.

Cadets ac­cu­rately demon­strate their skills — cre­at­ing a rope and pul­ley, ty­ing a fig­ure eight knot and toss­ing a rope at a tar­get — at all three sta­tions and their vol­un­teer re­peats the ac­tiv­ity.

In­spect­ing of­fi­cer, Lt.-Cmdr. Shan­non Lewis-Simpson of the Royal Cana­dian Navy, along with spe­cial guests MP Scott An­drews (Avalon), Navy League rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ber­nadette Trick­ett and Dave Bar­rett from the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion, took part in the demon­stra­tions.

Mas­ter Sea­man Matthew Ma­honey then leads the drill team in an im­pres­sive and elab­o­rate demon­stra­tion in­volv­ing both pre­ci­sion march­ing and a ri­fle cru­sade, ver­bal­iz­ing ev­ery com­mand with ease.

The fi­nal ac­tiv­ity is a 16-per­son phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dis­play and re­lay be­tween two pre­de­ter­mined teams.

Par­tic­i­pants crawl un­derneath a vol­ley­ball net at­tached to two small over­turned wooden benches, ran through six hula-hoops and fin­ish­ing off with a leap over a three-foot-high gym­nas­tics block.

It is men­tioned by an of­fi­cer in the corps that the phys­i­cal train­ing group had taken part in an ac­tiv­ity where they stayed up for 14 hours and then com­pleted pushups and other stren­u­ous ac­tiv­ity at 5 a.m.

Award cer­e­mony

Af­ter all the demon­stra­tions and ac­tiv­i­ties are com­plete, cadets fall in line again for the an­nounce­ment of awards.

Two mem­bers of the squadron ex­celled with two pres­ti­gious awards apiece.

Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Matthew Lane re­ceived the awards for Most Promis­ing Third Year and Best Male Cadet.

A French Im­mer­sion and Level II stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, Lane said he felt “pretty amaz­ing” about re­ceiv­ing the awards.

He is also the lead snare drum player in the band, and hopes to con­tinue on in that ca­pac­ity next year.

Lane’s am­bi­tion is to be­come an en­gi­neer.

Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Bran­don Small smiled grate­fully as he was handed his two awards — Best Dressed Cadet on Pa­rade and Most Ded­i­cated Cadet.

Small’s mother, Tina Small, said he should be ac­knowl­edged for the Best Dressed award es­pe­cially be­cause he “did it all on his own,” adding he irons his own clothes and shines his own boots.

A Level I stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, Small has placed pride in his at­tire, and his ded­i­ca­tion through­out the year, which his mother says is sign of his de­ter­mi­na­tion and loy­alty to the cadet pro­gram.

“All (cadets) have worked so hard, and it paid off.”

Both Lane and Small have been sea cadets for the past four years, and both were mem­bers of Navy League cadets for three years.

Pho­tos by Melissa Jenk­ins/spe­cial to The Com­pass

Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class Matthew Lane ac­cepts the award for Best Male Cadet from his com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Lt. Ger­ald Mercer. Lane is the lead snare drum in the cadet band and also re­ceived the Most Promis­ing Third Year award.

Lead­ing Sea­man Erica Dixon shows an au­di­ence vol­un­teer the cor­rect way to toss a rope and hit a tar­get dur­ing the sea cadet demon­stra­tions June 1 at All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary in North River.

Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class Matthew Ma­honey salutes the in­spect­ing of­fi­cers while lead­ing the Guard march through All Hal­lows El­e­men­tary gym­na­sium. Ma­honey re­ceived the Lead­er­ship Award at the an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view June 1.

A group of four fe­male sea cadets — LS Taiya Ef­ford, LS Merissa Whe­lan, LS Laken Pot­tle and LS Jay­Lynn Smith — demon­strate the con­struc­tion of a rope and pul­ley sys­tem to a group of au­di­ence vol­un­teers dur­ing a demon­stra­tion at the ACR.

Band Leader Mas­ter Sea­man Wes­ley Sparkes (right) re­quests per­mis­sion for in­spect­ing of­fi­cer Lt. Cmdr. Shan­non Lewis-Simpson (cen­tre), com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of HCMS Cabot, to be­gin in­spec­tion. Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadets Lt. Ger­ald Mercer waits pa­tiently to be­gin.

Sub-Lt. Demita Hynes (right) ad­justs the hat of bass drum player Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Bran­don Small prior to in­spec­tion. Small was the re­cip­i­ent of the Best Dressed and Most Ded­i­cated Cadet awards.

Lt.-Cmdr Shan­non Lewis-Simpson (left) com­pli­ments Mas­ter Sea­man Chantelle O’Leary (sec­ond from right) on her boots dur­ing the an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view. Also in photo are Lead­ing Sea­man Noah Ge­orge-Gould­ing (right) and Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class Matthew Ma­honey.

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