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42 NAVY NEWS, OCTOBER 2008
Sea Scouts Missing
are back boat is
from the spotted
wilderness on M62
SIX Sea Scouts have returned
A CHANCE encounter on a
home safely after tackling the
motorway has led to the return of
Canadian wilderness.
some property which was stolen
The 16 and 17-year-old
from the Sefton unit earlier this
members of the Knowle group
year.
travelled to Winnipeg where
The unit’s rigid inflatable boat
they were met by the Lieutenant
and trailer, 18 canoes, paddles
Governor of Manitoba.
and spray decks were stolen in
The team then headed a long
April when thieves forced their
way north to Red Lake, the base
way through a security fence
camp from which they paddled
and metal doors into the cadets’
150 miles through a vast network
headquarters.
of lakes and rivers, including
Last month unit CO A/CPO
treks of more than 25 miles ● Basingstoke and Deane cadets on their trip down the River Thames
Ken Griffiths SCC was driving
through dense woodland.
along the M62 when he spotted a
More than 500kg of kit,
familiar-looking boat under tow in
including tents, cookers, food and
survival gear, had to be carried.
No bears were spotted, but
mosquitoes and leeches had
taken their toll by the time the
scouts headed back to civilisation River pull tests crew
the opposite direction.
He switched direction at the
next junction and followed the
driver for around 40 miles until
the man, realising he was being
followed, drove into a cul-de-sac
and a reception hosted by the
in the back streets of Manchester.
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
Ken had already alerted the
Their tour ended with visits CADETS from the being collected but already more
police, who turned up in force to
to Niagara Falls, the CN
Basingstoke and Deane unit
than £500 has been banked.
speak to the driver.
Tower in Toronto and Canada’s
TS Mary Rose have taken a
A/CPO (SCC) Peter Juul, the
The matter is now in the hands
Wonderland theme park.
cruise down the River Thames
OiC of Basingstoke unit, and
of Merseyside police for further
Apart from ticking the relevant
– though it wasn’t quite as
PO (SCC) Bruce Wake both
investigation.
box for the Duke of Edinburgh received awards from Basingstoke
Gold Awards, the expedition
relaxing as it sounds.
“After a quick once-over I found
Community Forum.
also included an environmental
The sponsored pull proved
some bits were damaged and others
The Special Achievement
improvement project and the
an interesting diversion from
missing, but nothing that can’t be
Awards were presented by the
study of an ancient pictograph
the village fairs, school fêtes and
sorted,” said CPO Griffiths.
Mayor of Basingstoke Cllr George
site – pictographs are amongst
training weekends which the
“It’s just a pity they didn’t have
Hood, himself an ex-sea cadet.
the earliest forms of writing.
cadets attend in force.
my canoes as well…”
The Mary Rose Trust in
Their journey down the
Bristol unit
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Thames from Reading to Windsor
invited the unit to provide a guard
over a weekend saw them cover
during the annual memorial
Blackburn
32 miles and traversed 11 locks,
retains
service to those who died when
stopping overnight at the Marlow
Henry VIII’s flagship foundered
unit TS Apollo on the Saturday
off Southsea in 1545.
still wait…
and being hosted for lunch at the
prized burgee
The Mary Rose was one of
Maidenhead unit on Sunday.
the most powerful warships in
MEMBERS of the Blackburn
The sponsorship money is still
the world at that time, but she
unit will have to continue to meet
had undergone major refits and
at a changing room at the local
BRISTOL (Avonmouth) unit has
New XO
rebuilds throughout her life, which
reservoir while plans for a new
retained the burgee which the resulted in design faults.
HQ are pursued.
cadets won last year – and are There is no definitive answer as
A report in August’s Navy News
now planning for an even stiffer
at Carron
to why she sank, but it is thought
told of an award for unit CO Lt
test next year. that as she sailed out into the
Gavin Redhead, quoting from the
This year’s unit review, Solent to meet a French fleet
citation which spoke of a new HQ
undertaken by Lt Cdr Alison she heeled over in a gust of wind
building.
Fowler RNR, District Officer for PETTY Officer Sean Fraser has and water poured into her lower
But according to unit
the Avon District, was described been appointed First Lieutenant gunports, which were barely four
management committee secretary
by Bristol CO Lt (SCC) Barbara of the Stonehaven unit. feet above the waves.
Eileen Eastham, plans have been
Hillier RNR as being like a Previously the Unit Training The memorial service was held
scuppered by a clause which
school’s OFSTED inspection. Officer, Range Officer and First in Portsmouth Cathedral in the
grants planning permission with
Bristol held a pennant in 2006, Aid Instructor for TS Carron, presence of the Lord Mayor of
the proviso that the proposed
which signifies a place in the top PO Fraser took over from unit Portsmouth.
building (costing over £100,000)
50 per cent of the Corps, but stalwart Lt Morag Reid, who The Trust then invited the
be demolished and the site
replaced that last year with a after ten years as Officer in cadets to the Dockyard to visit the
returned to its former state in five
burgee, which marked a step up Charge of Stonehaven and then ship and museum.
● TS Mary Rose cadets work through a lock on the River Thames
years time.
to the top ten per cent of units. First Lieutenant has now stood
The unit review included an down.
inspection of the cadets, after But that is not the end of her
which Lt Cdr Fowler and her involvement with the Stonehaven
staff examined the activities of cadets, and she promises she will Captain tours
the unit and the promotions and be around to play her part.
qualifications gained over the past Meanwhile four members of
year. staff and ten cadets were involved
The lads and lasses of TS in the National Combined Regatta,
minesweeper
Enterprise are now looking ensuring that an enviable record is
forward to a swimming gala, maintained. THE VIP visitor steps aboard your ship just as a mechanical
the Trafalgar Night dinner, the Stonehaven has now represented fault causes total power failure. An exercise maybe? Show the
Festival of Remembrance at Scotland and North England at the top banana how you cope in a crisis?
the Colston Hall in November, ‘Nationals’ for a 48th consecutive In the case of the former Ton-class minesweeper HMS
and a potential visit to see the time – a record they believe is Iveston, it was probably just an age thing.
Blackpool illuminations as guests unmatched by any other unit in Whatever the reason, Capt Jonathan Fry, Captain Sea
of the local unit TS Penelope. the Corps. Cadets, was able to witness at first hand the can-do attitude
of the Corps as the DMEO of the
old ship, CPO Dickson, slipped off
to sort things out.
Capt Fry, who provides
operational leadership to the Corps,
is a serving MEO and professional
head of the ME sub-branch.
But he never trained aboard the ● Bethan Halliday in HMS Clyde’s sickbay practising cannulation
Navy’s ‘small ships’ – and said he on a training arm under the watchful eye of LMA Brown
was glad he didn’t, looking at the
cramped confines of the old ship.
Iveston is now owned by the
Thurrock unit, while other units
Bethan samples
from Essex and beyond also visit
for extensive training.
Capt Fry’s visit to Tilbury was life on the Clyde
a personal one – though his
professional curiosity meant he
MOST students of the Falklands Bethan’s work experience was
did get a good look at the engine
Community College do work approved and she joined the ship
room during a ship’s tour with
experience in the community; on a routine six-day patrol.
Thurrock XO and MEO Lt (SCC)
some venture further afield. Bethan spent much of her time
George Wilson RNR (pictured on
15-year-old Bethan Halliday with Clyde’s ‘Doc’, LMA Graham
left with Capt Fry).
made the most of her link with TS Brown, undertaking a variety of
Not only did Capt Fry say he
Endurance – she has been with tasks, from sickbay administration
enjoyed his visit, but he also
the Falkland Islands unit since to casualty exercises and first aid.
volunteered to return to help
the age of ten – to undertake work Lt Cdr Lett said: “It has been
maintain the ship – an offer
experience in HMS Clyde. a pleasure to have Bethan on
gratefully received.
Although Bethan’s family run a board and she has been a credit
He also plans to visit again
bakery in Stanley, making logistics to her family, her school and to
early next year when a marine
is a possibility, Bethan is interested TS Endurance,” adding that her
engineering course will be held on
in a career as a medical assistant. application to join the Navy would
the ship.
After an interview with Lt have his full support.
Cdr Jonathan Lett, CO of Clyde, marina Ship of the Month – p12
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