Larne Sea Cadets were proud to present their annual RNP to parents and friends last Thursday.
The inspecting officer was Captain Peter Adams RN (Retd), the area officer of the northern area Sea Cadets.
Parade commander was LC Jay Bergin, Quartermaster AC Catherine Rowan, Starboard Divisional Commander AC Ashley Alexander and Junior Divisional Commander Molly Ringland. The signal party were cadets Holly Drummond and Emma McConkey.
The evening commenced with Captain Adams being piped on board TS Abercorn by AC Adam Maguire and welcomed by the OiC CPO James Somerville and unit chairman Tommy Curtis.
After the colours ceremony, Captain Adams inspected the divisions and commended the excellently turned out cadets. He also commended the improvements to Dixon Hall which has received almost £20,000 in Big Lottery refurbishment grants over the past year, which, along with many Sea Cadet committee volunteer hours had resulted in a much improved building.
The Junior Cadet display explained the significance of the ISCA (International Sea Cadet Association) from Australia to Zimbabwe, where cadets have the opportunity to participate in cadet exchanges all over the world. Highlighted, was the fact that Larne Sea Cadet members have travelled to Bermuda, London, Canada, Australia and Russia to participate with their Sea Cadets. The cadet evolution demonstrated a RAS (replenishment at sea between two vessels) transferring essentials across the water.
After evening colours, Captain Adams presented awards to LC Bergin, and ABs A Maguire and C Rowan.
Larne Sea Cadets meet at the Dixon Hall, Drains Bay, on Monday and Thursday evenings to May and then from Carnfunnock slipway until September, where they learn the practical aspects of sailing, kayaking and powerboating. Junior Cadets, from age 10, meet on Thursday evenings and those from age 12 meet on Monday and Thursday evenings.