Naval cadets to gain trophy

AS THE Black Pearl glided into the Australian Navy Cadet headquarters at Port of Bundaberg, a single shot was fired by the pirates at the unit on parade.

A drum sounded and the 33 members of the TS Bundaberg cadet group gathered to fire a cannon at the pirate ship.

TS Bundaberg's executive officer Reg Rayner said the pantomime was the final activity in the cadet unit's quest for the National Navy League Trophy.

“I was proud of the cadets parading and, as per usual, they did the best job they could,” he said.

The highest ranking cadet officer in the country, Captain Elliot Fisher, inspected the group during the weekend event.

The captain went sailing with them and participated in other activities.

The unit is one of six in the country to be competing for top honours and Mr Rayner said the unit had won the award at least five times in its 50-year history.

The last time it won was in 2006.

Commanding officer Kerry Read said she was impressed with all of her cadets on the day.

“I was very proud of them,” she said.

“I think they did an extremely good job and showed a lot of skill.

“We're unaware of the criteria we're judged on, so we do the best we can.”

The winning cadet group will be presented with a trophy during a ceremony on November 6. The unit is also currently recruiting. For more information, telephone 4159 4352.



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