New National Commander for Navy Cadets

Published on CMDR Stuart Wheeler (author and photographer)

Topic(s): Australian Navy Cadets, Change of Command

Outgoing National Commander Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC at the promotion and handover ceremony for incoming National Commander ANC, Captain Martin Blume ANC, centre, with Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves (DGANCR), Commodore David Greaves RAN. (photo: CMDR Stuart Wheeler RAN)
Outgoing National Commander Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC at the promotion and handover ceremony for incoming National Commander ANC, Captain Martin Blume ANC, centre, with Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves (DGANCR), Commodore David Greaves RAN.

After three years at the helm of the Royal Australian Navy Cadets (ANC), Captain Kerry Rayner OAM ANC handed over the role of National Commander ANC to newly-promoted Captain Martin Blume ANC.

Captain Blume’s promotion was performed during the handover ceremony by Director General Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves (DGANCR), Commodore David Greaves RAN and assisted by Captain Rayner.

Commodore Greaves paid tribute to Captain Rayner who made history as the first female Captain in the ANC, as well as the first Cadet to progress through the ranks to Captain.

“Over the last the three years, Captain Rayner has played a vital role in support of our important national youth development program, and she will continue to serve as Training Officer, Training Ship Bundaberg,” Commodore Greaves said.

Captain Blume said he was looking forward to his new role as the National Commander.

“With a lot of exciting opportunities on the horizon for Navy Cadets, and for ADF Cadets more broadly, it is a great time for a new Navy Cadet leadership team to take the program towards our strategic plan contained in ANC - Passage Plan to 2021,” Captain Blume said.

“I am honoured to lead and grow the ANC in this significant time of Australia’s burgeoning maritime industry, the increasing use of STEM technology and some new, exciting opportunities for our Cadets to be part of the Navy experience.”

Captain Blume joined the RAN in 1973 as Electronic Technician rising to the rank of Lieutenant, and transferred to the RAN Reserves in 1996

He has volunteered in the ANC since 1998, holding various positions as Commanding Officer, Flotilla Commander and ANC Director of Information Technology, and was promoted to Commander ANC in 2015.