Members of the Lisburn Sea Cadets during the recent visit by Captain Mark Windsor, Royal Navy, the Captain of the Sea Cadets and the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Society, Martin Coles.
THE two men standing at the helm of the Sea Cadet Corps in the UK have paid a visit to TS Ulster, home of Lisburn Sea Cadets.
Captain Mark Windsor, Royal Navy, is the Captain of the Sea Cadets and he was accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Society, Martin Coles on a rare visit to find out what all of the fuss is about in Lisburn's Sea Cadet Unit.
Captain Windsor and Mr. Coles observed a normal training night in operation. From the initial Colours Ceremony led by OC. Ryan Mackey with piping from Cdt. Rebecca Johnson through to a survival equipment class on the main deck for those readying themselves for a summer on the water. Later Captain Windsor enjoyed sharing the finer points of parallel circuits with OC Afton Fitzhenry during an electronics class on the upper deck.
The Unit has undergone a revival of late following flooding at their Unit accommodation behind the Bridge Community Centre in 2007. Having been reborn in September 2010 it is enjoying significant success. From football glory in Carrickfergus to marine engineering at home, canoeing on Lough Neagh to cooking up a storm in the kitchens of Caledonia, Lisburn Cadets have been making a name for themselves. They are now firmly on the radar of the parent organisation.
Following the visit, Captain Windsor thanked Lisburn's Cadets saying: "it was a great pleasure for both CEO and I to visit such an excellent Unit."
The Sea Cadet Corps provides adventurous and educational opportunities in
environment for those-aged 12 — 18. Adults from all backgrounds can also get fulfillment by sharing their skills and experiences with tomorrow's generation and are given excellent training leading again to real qualifications in order to assist them in doing so.
Lisburn Sea Cadets meet on Monday and Thursday nights in their accommodation behind the Bridge Community Centre between 7pm and 9:45pm.