Local Navy cadets make their mark

The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, has invited three local cadets from the Jindabyne based Snowy Mountains Australian Navy Cadet (ANC) unit, Training Ship ORION, to participate in the Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review in Sydney from October 2-11. The cadets chosen are Able Seaman Alex Grant and Leading Seamen Connor Fricke-Danis and Dan Truscott.

They have been selected from over 2500 ANC personnel, Australia-wide.

The Commanding Officer, Sub-Lieutenant Pierre Vennik said that the Review was being held in Sydney to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney. On October 4,1913, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet Unit comprising HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra into Sydney Harbour for the first time.

He said that it is anticipated that about 40 warships and 17 tall ships from more than 20 nations would participate in this historic event.

The ANC will contribute a contingent of 300 personnel to this Review and associated activities, which include:

Friday October 4 - Ceremonial Fleet Entry into Sydney Harbour. Saturday October 5 -Ceremonial Fleet Review by the Governor-General, Air Displays over Sydney Harbour and a Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular in the evening. Sunday October 6 - Ships open to visitors.

Wednesday October 9 - Combined Navies, including Navy Cadets, Parade up George Street, Sydney.

The Cadets will be accommodated in Defence establishments, but parents have had to contribute to the expense.

Additionally, a further four cadets, Seamen Lola Hamid, Rhianna Burke, Caroline Greene and Kirra Burke, accompanied by the Unit's Executive Officer, Sub Lieutenant Mike Hardwick, will witness the highlights of the Review under a program initiated by the Canberra based unit, TS CANBERRA, entitled "Join the Journey".

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