Sea Cadets pass inspection with flying colours

A Plymouth Sea Cadet unit has passed a formal inspection with flying colours.

The Royal Naval Parade, staged by Drake Sea Cadets at HMS Vivid at HM Naval Base, Devonport, is a formal inspection undertaken every two years by the Sea Cadet Corps to ensure units are run and performed according to the corps mandate. 

This year’s inspection involved the checking of documentation and records for training, health and safety and general administration. 

The cadets themselves are also assessed and asked to demonstrate elements of their training syllabus - like a school OFSTED inspection.

It’s lovely to hear such supportive comments during the event by guests

Helen Palmer

Commander Nigel Morton, Sea Cadet Area Officer, inspected the guard of honour with the unit’s commanding officer Chief Petty Officer Robert Adamson.

The cadets also demonstrated to the guests and parents skills such as weapons handling, first aid, piping, marine engineering, physical training and seamanship. 

Among the guests were the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, councillors, Royal Naval Association and Royal Marine Association.

Helen Palmer the chairman of Plymouth Drake Sea Cadets said: “It was a very enjoyable evening where the unit invited prominent guests from the local community, Armed Forces and parents to witness what being in the Sea Cadets is all about. 

"It’s lovely to hear such supportive comments during the event by guests saying how impressed they were by the confidence, range of skills and the overall performance of the 60 cadets on the evening.“