Cadets pass inspection with flying colours

Chiswick’s very own Navy paraded in their best uniforms at their Headquarters

The Commander is piped aboard

The occasion was the annual efficiency inspection by the Sea Cadet Corps London Area Officer Commander Colin Watkins, Royal Navy.

Cdr Watkins was greeted at the “gangway” by the unit’s new Officer In Charge Lieutenant (Sea Cadet Corps) Ken Grogan RNR and a “Piping Party”; a tradition dating back to Nelson’s days for greeting important visitors.

After meeting all the cadets and their parents, the commander and the parents were treated to a display of some of the cadet’s new skills.

This year an accident was staged in the garage resulting in casualties, complete with lots of blood. The cadets as well as dealing with the situation talked the audience through their actions.

The Commander talks to Cadet Lorell Rawlings

Commander Watkins praised and thanked the cadets, staff and supporters of the unit for an excellent display and the standard of the cadets; they were the smartest cadets he had seen in the London Area to date! He added that considering the struggles and problems that have beset Chiswick in the last twelve months he was contemplating closure. However based on their performance closure is not a option.

TS Stork's first commanding officer with son Andrew

Also in attendance was Chiswick’s first Commanding Officer Lieutenant Lynn MacIver, who had recently stepped down to give birth to her first son Andrew. Lt MacIver brought Andrew along for all to see as well as her parents, Captain & Mrs MacIver who had flown from South Africa to meet their new grandson and reacquaint with the unit.

Interested? Aged between 10 – 18 years and got time in your hands then why not join in? come and see us most Sundays on the river between 11 and 3 O’clock.

The unit is also looking for adult helpers, experience not essential, just a sense of humour and a couple of hours once a month.

Training Ship Stork
Chiswick Sea Cadet Unit
The Pier House, Corney Reach Way,

May 9, 2003

End of an era at Chiswick Sea Cadets