Hampshire & IOW ACF visit Defence Diving School

8 March 2012

Army Cadets from two detachments in Gosport, Hampshire, enjoyed a thrilling visit to the Defence Diving School in Portsmouth last month. The invitation came from Major Kevin Lillicrap, the Army Diving Training Officer at the DDS, whose son Sergeant James Lillicrap is an adult volunteer with the Army Cadet Force.

During their visit to DDS the cadets had a comprehensive tour of the school, were briefed on the role of Royal Engineer Divers, and received lessons on how to use the Mark 7 Assault boats.

This activity came in very useful later in the day as, having been divided into three groups, they competed in a race on the Horsea Lake, for which there was much enthusiasm.

James Lillicrap said: “We try to get the cadets to have face time with the regular units, to see what the Army is doing out there. This has been a great day for them.”

Staff Sergeant Richard Webb, ACF Detachment Commander, said: “They’ve had a great day, if they were quiet you’d know they weren’t enjoying themselves! As the day’s gone on they’ve got more and more enthusiastic.”

Staff Sergeant Ollie Pearce (17) Senior Cadet added: “It’s been brilliant here, I’ve been an NCO for 6 years and this is the first time I’ve done anything like this.”

Cadet Ben Hall (13) who has only been with the unit since September 2011, said: “It’s been a brilliant day. I’m hoping to join the Army one day.”