The Royal Marine Commando Display team only run one ‘Meet the Marines’ event each year and this year Air Cadets from West Bridgford, Sherwood, Derby, Rutland and West Nottingham Sqns took part in the day long event.
Two Royal Marines watch over the Cadets during the Practical Leadership Task
It was held at the Mill Activity Centre, Kingsmill Reservoir, Sutton in Ashfield. The Marines had organised a very active and hands on day for the Cadets. Activities ranged from a practical leadership task to a ’tunnel rats’ exercise which involved navigating a team through a system of underground tunnels not much wider than the cadets. An indoor climbing wall was also tackled and outside the Cadets took on a 30 feet high climbing obstacle which included logs, cargo nets and ropes.
However every Cadets favourite activity of the day was a ride in a 6 man rigid raider power boat. With a 240 BHP engine the Marines were only to happy to show off the boats speed and manoeuvrability sometimes turning so sharply water would actually start to come over the side!
The Marines also got to show off their arctic survival gear, some of the rifles and weapons they use and the day finished with an unarmed combat demonstration were the audience was told that the louder they cheer, the harder the Marines will go for it!
Cadets take on the climbing obstacle
Captain Simon Welch, CO of the Display Team said “All the Air Cadets have been a credit to the ATC and hopefully they felt they achieved something and really enjoyed the day.” This was echoed by Cadet Ryan Young of 209 Sqn who said “Today’s been really interesting and very entertaining. The boat ride was amazing and exhilarating. Some of the Cadets from my Sqn went flying in a Tutor today but I think I pulled more ‘G’ force on the water!”
By CI Richard Vincett
209 Sqn Media & Communications Officer