HMS Illustrious

Rye Sea Cadets onboard the HMS Illustrious

One of the best parts of being a Sea cadet is the possibility of going on a ships visit – this is normally to one of the Navy’s fishery patrol vessels or university training ships. However, seven young people aged between 10 and 18 have just spent a day onboard HMS Illustrious, the units affiliated ship and one of the largest vessels of the Royal Navy.

HMS Illustrious is 210 metres long, weighs 22000 tonnes, and is a Helicopter and Commando carrier. The seven cadets left early on Tuesday morning arriving at HM Naval Base Portsmouth at 0900 where they were taken by coach to the ship.

Whilst onboard, the cadets got a real feel of what it would be like to live and work on board a working vessel.  Cadets took part in fire fighting, damage control, marine engineering, first aid and sea survival exercises.

Rye Sea Cadets

Kieran Baker aged 15 from Rye said: “We had an excellent day, the fire fighting and first aid was excellent”.

The Officer in Charge of Rye Sea Cadets, Chief Petty Officer Steve Smith said: “We like to get our cadets taking part in as many activities as possible. We’ve had a very busy summer and this was the icing on the cake! I’d just like to thank the Commanding Officer of HMS Illustrious and the ships crew for their hospitality”

Rye Sea Cadets are now recruiting for new cadets, staff members and supporters to join their small team of volunteers.

For more information contact:

CPO (SCC) Steve Smith

Officer in Charge

01797 224720 (Monday and Friday evenings)


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