January 31st 2020


Able Cadet Samuel Jackson

Sam being congratulated by Petty Officer Kevan Chatterley

A Long Eaton Sea Cadet has signed up to join the Royal Navy, after 8 years of enjoying all the opportunities opened to him by Cadets.

Able Cadet Sam Jackson from Long Eaton Sea Cadets is joining the Royal Navy at HMS Raleigh to begin his ten weeks of Phase 1 Recruit Training.  When that is complete, he will transfer to HMS Collingwood to begin Phase 2.  Sam’s ultimate goal is to become a Mine Clearance Diver, which requires very particular training.

Sam joined Long Eaton Sea Cadets when he was 10 years old and soon proved to be the life and soul of the party!  His colleagues and staff describe him as ‘a loveable rogue, with a great sense of humour’, qualities which will serve him well in the Royal Navy.

Sam at Presentation Night 2019 with Major Bruce Spencer

Over the years, Sam worked hard to achieve a number of waterborne qualifications. These include Paddlesport, RYA Power Boating and Dinghy Sailing.  Sam also completed the Royal Navy Sea Cadet Acquaint Course at HMS Raleigh.  Sam has been a very well regarded member of the Long Eaton Sea Cadets team, supporting the unit at events and parades.  He is known for always helping the younger members when needed.

Sam’s favourite adventure was aboard the Sea Cadet Sail Training Ship TS Royalist in 2019. He learned the finer points of Navigation and how to handle a large sailing vessel at sea.

Sam’s shipmates at Long Eaton Sea Cadets gave him a very fond farewell.  They are looking forward to hearing all about his adventures in the Royal Navy.

If you’d like to learn to sail, amongst other things, find out more about joining a Cadet unit near you here.

The Sea Cadets is a popular youth organisation that has 14,000 youth members and 9,000 adult volunteers throughout the UK.