Monday, August 27, 2012
Second to None
Chilliwack Cadet receives engineer ticket at Comox over summer
Released by Royal Canadian Sea Cadets
hile some youth spent the summer at the beach, Cadet Katherine Mcwilliams of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps CHILLIWACK was working on heavy machinery aboard the Royal Canadian Navy’s Patrol Class Tender (PCT) vessels as part of the 8-week Sea Cadet Marine Engineer Course at Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) QUADRA’s Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) in Comox, British Columbia.
Standing proudly with her peers from across Canada, Katherine was presented her marine engineering ticket from Captain (Navy) Don Smith, CD, the Commanding Officer of Maritime Forces Pacific’s Fleet Maintenance Facility CAPE BRETON. She is now qualified to act as a second engineer of the watch on Canada’s Patrol Class Tender (PCT) Naval Vessels.
The course consisted of seven weeks of challenging theoretical and practical learning, mechanical sketching, shipboard firefighting and damage control, engineering maintenance skills and emergency procedures. The final week was spent preparing for, and appearing in front of a board of the Canadian Naval Marine Engineers to test their knowledge.
“Sea Cadets has taught me the value of loyalty, professionalism and has helped me make friends from across Canada. I’ve been provided with amazing opportunities that I wouldn’t get anywhere else,” said the 15 year old new “Stoker”.
HMCS QUADRA Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre recently completed its 56th year of operations and trained over 1000 cadets throughout the summer from every Canadian province. The training centre is located in Comox, British Columbia. Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program jointly sponsored by the Department of National Defence / Canadian Forces and the civilian Navy League of Canada. For more information on Sea Cadets, please visit www.cadets.ca
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