Navy Cadets descend on Victoria

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Ryan Zerbe (author), POIS Nina Fogliani (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Cerberus, VIC

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, HMAS Cerberus

Navy Cadets navigate the obstacle course during activities at the Sport and Recreation Centre, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria. (photo: POIS Nina Fogliani)
Navy Cadets navigate the obstacle course during activities at the Sport and Recreation Centre, HMAS Cerberus, Victoria.

More than 150 Australian Navy Cadets from around the country have spent the week at HMAS Cerberus on the Mornington Peninsula for a National Training Camp, coinciding with Navy Week 2018.

The Cadets, aged 16 to 17, engaged in a variety of classroom and practical activities, developing their interpersonal and team-building skills.

The attendees participated in seamanship exercises, including small boat handling, firefighting and damage control as well as watching demonstration firings at the West Head Gunnery Range and used aerial drones.

HMAS Cerberus is the Navy’s premier training establishment, providing the Cadets with an array of capabilities across its training faculties and indoor and outdoor physical training areas.

Coordinating Officer, Lieutenant Commander Barry Pincombe, said the National Training Camp encouraged Navy Cadets to challenge themselves and develop their own leadership skills while also fostering their ability to work in a team.

“Over the course of a week the cadets get hands-on experience with staples of Navy life, like using rigid hulled inflatable boats and fire-fighting at sea, but we also develop their teamwork skills alongside other young people they’ve only just met.”

“Our cadets leave Cerberus at the end of the week having had fun and an adventure with new friends, and equipped with new skills and a stronger sense of leadership.”

There are more than 2400 Navy Cadets around Australia and almost 100 ‘Training Ship’ units.