Tags: Australian Navy. Navy Cadets. Australian Armed Services.
In weather that was completely the reverse to what it was for the event last year, the Australian Navy Cadets and staff from TS Koopa were praised at their annual inspection by Flotilla Commander, Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy recently.
In addressing the cadets and supporters, Lieutenant Commander Kennedy congratulated the unit and pointed out that these young people are our future. She also made mention of how good their presentation during the parade was and noted that a number of the cadets had only recently joined.
Ready for inspection
As well as the many parents and other supporters who attended the inspection, guests included State Member Simone Wilson, members of the Lions Club, Rotary Club Secretary Anne Mathews and Pine Rivers Naval Association Sub-Branch representative, Pat Ringold.
Following the inspection, and address by the Lieutenant Commander, Pat Ringold from the Pine Rivers Naval Association Sub-Branch presented a cheque for $200 to the new Commanding Officer of the TS Koopa, Lieutenant Garth Schmith and State Member for Pumicestone Simone Wilson announced that the TS Koopa had been successful in an application for funding by the gambling fund and would be receiving $32, 563 to assist with the ongoing costs associated with their operation.
After the official part of the event concluded, guests were invited to make a gold coin donation and take advantage of the BBQ that had been prepared by the TS Koopa committee.
Whilst the TS Koopa does receive some funding from the Australian Navy, more funds are always helpful in order to provide more activities for the cadets and as a way of boosting their operating capital, supporters of the unit hold regular sausage sizzles at Brown’s Mitre Ten. The Australian Naval Cadets is a great organisation for young people of both genders to be involved with and is regarded as the first step for anyone with a desire to join the navy.
These young people are our future – Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy told those present
The TS Koopa is based on Kal-Ma-Kuta Drive at Sandstone point and cadets meet there on the Friday evening of each week. Anyone who is thirteen years or older in the year of entry is eligible to become a Naval Cadet providing they have not turned seventeen. Cadets must agree to abide by the Australian Navy Cadets’ code of conduct and be available to participate in the majority of activities.
They are taught many life skills and get to enjoy learning to sail and other water-based activities.
Featured image: ANC Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy, Rotary Club Secretary Anne
Mathews and TS Koopa Commanding Officer Lieutenant Garth Schmith