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Navy cadet unit launched at Portsmouth school

28 September 2016
The Royal Navy’s links with a Portsmouth school were strengthened with the launch of a new Combined Cadet Force unit.

Charter Academy’s Navy-led detachment was opened in style with a rousing display by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums.

The unit’s 15 cadets were inspected under the watchful eye of Commodore Robert Fancy, the Navy’s Commander of Core Training.

He said: “Today’s opening is part of a UK-wide plan to expand the CCF footprint in the UK. Pupils at Charter Academy now have the opportunity to take part in great life experiences which can form an important part of their personal development.

The opening of the new unit is all about widening participation between the school and the armed forces and maximising the willingness to have a go at anything and everything.

Clive Barnes

“At the same time the new and future recruits can learn all about core values such as ambition, respect, commitment, loyalty and courage which are an important part of military life.”

Clive Barnes, academy principal, added: “The opening of the new unit is all about widening participation between the school and the armed forces and maximising the willingness to have a go at anything and everything.

“This also promotes the opportunity for children to aspire and have opportunities to leave Portsmouth and meet fellow cadets across the country.”

The cadets, aged between 14 and 17, will get to try their hand at a wide variety of Navy pursuits with emphasis on leadership, afloat activities and adventurous training.

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