Exercise Maltese Cadet 2014

14 November 2014

A group of 32 Cambridgeshire cadets (aged 15-18) and adult volunteers recently returned from six days of adventurous training in Malta on ‘Exercise Maltese Cadet 2014’, which took place from 25 October to 1 November.

The cadets, all volunteers, paid a personal contribution to take part and took full advantage of the activities and challenge on offer.

Highlights of the expedition included: learning how to snorkel; finding out about work to protect and re-introduce sharks, rays and skates in the local water; visiting the Armed Forces of Malta maritime base; meeting members of the Sea Cadets Malta GU Unit No.505 (Training Ship St. Pauls); and helping out (peeling onions and other tasks) at the Merhba Id-Dar tal-Providenza home for the disabled.

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The Expedition also helped the cadets to progress up the Star levels in their Army Proficiency Certificate (APC) training. Over the six days the cadets achieved passes in:

  • Cadet in the community – APC 2 and 3 Star levels
  • Overseas exercise
  • PADI Snorkelling Course
  • Environmental Project – Protecting our Seas
  • Walking Expedition – 2 and 3 Star levels

The Expedition was the result of 18 months planning by the Cadet Executive Officer Major Geoff Hammond who commented: “Exercise Maltese Cadet was a great achievement for all. Having a wealth of knowledge of the island, I had great pleasure in planning and organising the trip, and it has proved a fantastic recruitment drive for cadets in the County.”

Feedback from the cadets who took part included:

“Thanks for organising this fantastic trip, the cadets and adults had a great time on all activities and all are looking forward to the next one. “(SI Smith)

“ Everyday was different and meeting other cadets from around the world was so pleasant. There is nothing more I could have asked for.” (Elle Abraham)

It has been such a great opportunity and I do not want to leave. I have enjoyed every second.”(Pippa Saunders)