Rockdale Sea Cadets are at the foot of the fleet for the holidays | County Leader of St George and Sutherland

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Sea Cadets from Rockdale-based Training Ship (TS) Sirius joined hundreds of other NSW and ACT cadets over the school holidays to attend a Fleet Engagement Camp on Cockatoo Island, in Sydney Harbour. Throughout the week, cadets had the opportunity to board Royal Australian Navy ships, visit RAN bases and attend a session on Australian Defense Force careers. While at camp, the cadets visited HMAS Adelaide, one of two Canberra-class helicopter landing ships, and HMAS Hobart, a Hobart-class guided-missile destroyer. They also visited Fleet Base East, the Garden Island shipyard. They visited HMAS Parramatta, a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and submarine warfare, surveillance reconnaissance and interdiction. The cadets also had the opportunity to learn about the Royal Australian Navy Free Dive Team, which is based at HMAS Waterhen and is Australia’s main mine warfare establishment. One of the highlights of the camp was meeting the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN. VAM Noonan extolled the virtues of leadership, discussed Defense news and maritime strategy around the world, and answered many questions from Cadets. The cadets were then split into two groups and were shown over Cockatoo Island by the island guides who helped bring the island’s history to life, from the days of the convicts to at the time of the last ship built in Cockatoo, the HMAS Success, in 1984. Finally. , the cadets were transported to Balmain, by boat to NSW Water Police facilities, where they were shown what they can do, in maritime operations, on Sydney Harbour. They were taken for a ride in special Ridge Hull inflatable boats, where they had to adopt a four-point contact pose, as officers took them for a spin around the harbour. If you think your children or grandchildren, aged 13-18, would benefit from being part of this organization, contact TS Sirius Commander, LEUT Margaret Allen at [email protected]

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Sea Cadets from Rockdale-based Training Ship (TS) Sirius joined hundreds of other NSW and ACT cadets over the school holidays to attend a Fleet Engagement Camp on Cockatoo Island, in Sydney Harbour.

Throughout the week, cadets had the opportunity to board Royal Australian Navy ships, visit RAN bases and attend a session on Australian Defense Force careers.

While at camp, the cadets visited HMAS Adelaide, one of two Canberra-class helicopter landing ships, and HMAS Hobart, a Hobart-class guided-missile destroyer.

They also visited Fleet Base East, the Garden Island shipyard.

They visited HMAS Parramatta, a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and submarine warfare, surveillance reconnaissance and interdiction.

The cadets also had the opportunity to learn about the Royal Australian Navy Free Dive Team, which is based at HMAS Waterhen and is Australia’s main mine warfare establishment.

One of the highlights of the camp was meeting the Chief of the Navy, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN.

VAM Noonan extolled the virtues of leadership, discussed Defense news and maritime strategy around the world, and answered many questions from Cadets.

The cadets were then split into two groups and were shown over Cockatoo Island by the island guides who helped bring the island’s history to life, from the days of the convicts to at the time of the last ship built in Cockatoo, HMAS Success, in 1984.

Finally, the cadets were transported to Balmain, by boat to NSW Water Police facilities, where they were shown what they can do, in maritime operations, on Sydney Harbour.

They were taken for a ride in special Ridge Hull inflatable boats, where they had to adopt a four-point contact pose, as officers took them for a spin around the harbour.

If you think your children or grandchildren, ages 13-18, would gain something by being part of this organization, contact TS Sirius Commander LEUT Margaret Allen at [email protected]

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