Navy cadets set sail for Sydney

By Grace Jones | posted on January 26, 2018

ALBANY’S navy cadets got an inside look at the real deal last week when they visited HMAS Stirling for the annual Australian Navy Cadet Maritime Camp on Garden Island.

TS Vancouver Lieutenant Gary Fullarton said the 11 Albany cadets who attended the camp had a busy week.

“Everyone participated in sailing courses as well as helping to instruct those courses,” he said.

“There were also tours on HMAS Stirling and some other naval ships that the cadets loved.

“The camp was really good for getting the kids out on the water, and to meet other cadets from across the state.”

From the camp, brother and sister cadet duo Able Seaman Hannah Tickell and Able Seaman Oliver Tickell were selected to join the Westralia Flotilla Sailing team for the National Sailing Regatta in Sydney in April.

Lieutenant Fullarton said it was a huge achievement for the siblings.

“TS Vancouver has had cadets in the state team for the past three years,” he said.

“WA came second last year, so hopefully Hannah and Oliver will be able to bring us the win.”

TS Vancouver is on the lookout for new recruits.

Young people that are turning 13 this year and older can attend an open night on February 9 from 5.30pm at the headquarters off Princess Royal Drive near the Brig Amity.

For more information on the open night or Australian Navy Cadets you can call Commanding Officer Lieutenant Graeme Palmer on 0429 063 607.