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October 15, 2009
By Angela Hughes
A DIP in the briny, an exercise
in building a life raft from odds
and ends and abseiling down
a rock-climbing wall added to
the fun of the first Gold Coast
Formed in July through the
amalgamation of TS Tyalgum
(Main Beach), TS Southport
(The Southport School), TS
Vampire (Tweed Heads), TS
Walrus (Beenleigh) and TS
Ipswich (Ipswich), 123 cadets
and more than 20 staff were
hosted at The Southport School
where a variety of activities were
held on and beside the Nerang
Gold Coast flotilla command-
er, LCDR Darren McDonald,
ANC, who also is commander
of the Brisbane flotilla, said
the formation of flotillas had
enabled them to expand and
enhance their training program.
"The positive response from
cadets and staff was more than
we had anticipated and the vari-
ety of activities gave cadets and
staff an opportunity to work
together on a more concentrated
level," he said.
"We are planning to run
four, if not more, flotilla days a
year with the next being a Sea
of White in Brisbane where we
hope the Sunshine Coast flotilla
will also join in activities."
The school's location along-
side the Nerang River enabled
cadets to experience canoeing
(with the occasional flip into the
river), power-boating, novice
and advanced sailing, building
improvised rescue rafts, rock-
climbing, abseiling, armed drill,
team-building and thinking
skills, navigational and orien-
teering training and parade drill.
Activities were organised on
a rotational system under the
supervision of staff from all five
Navy Cadet units.
The Gold Coast flotilla has
180 cadets and 25 staff making it
one of the largest in Queensland
with TS Tyalgum being the old-
est.Tyalgum celebrated its 50th
birthday with a reunion and
presentation ball in Surfers
Paradise on September 19.
AUSTRALIAN Navy Cadets will be
issued with the new disruptive pat-
tern navy uniform (DPNU) from next
And a major recruiting drive is expect-
ed to swell the numbers of the ANC from
around 2100 to about 4000 within the
next five years.
The Chief of Navy, VADM Russ
Crane, AM, CSM, RAN, announced this
in his speech to the TS Tyalgum reunion
at the Gold Coast late last month.
CN said there were more than 2100
cadets and 350 staff across Australia in
87 training ships and four satellite units
around the nation, including indige-
nous units situated at Palm Island and
Thursday Island in Queensland.
"Cadet numbers have increased by
five per cent in the last two months as
part of a recruiting drive," he said.
"The recruitment drive is also creating
'Brand ANC' by standardising all recruit-
ing materials released nationally, as well
as creating a more professional face to
Navy and community. Of the cadets, 59
per cent are male and 41 per cent are
VADM Crane said it was planned to
expand the cadet corps to 4000 by 2014
under a strategic plan called Flotillas
4000, still under development.
"The ANC moved to a flotilla con-
struct in July," he said.
"Fourteen regional flotillas and
attached support officers each manage
four to eight training ships.
"This provides considerable benefits
in economies of scale, better regional
support and a higher level of support by
the RAN through support officers."
VADM Crane added that the rollout
of DPNU to cadet units was expected to
take place in February 2010.
"Each cadet will be issued two sets
along with the new boots," he said.
"Uniforms will be rationalised down to
two DPNUs, one ceremonial winter and
one ceremonial summer."
VADM Crane said $800,000 of Cadet
Policy Branch additional funding was
spent directly in support of units and
flotillas in March/April this year buy-
ing tents, trestle tables, seating, camping
equipment, satellite telephones, laptop
computers and a myriad of other items
including stoves, refrigerators and large
"Before December all units will be
issued with a new laptop with internet
connection," he added. "The replacement
boats for the Corsairs continue to roll
out and funding is being provided for all
units to fit swimmer/prop guards."
CN outlines plans
for cadet expansion
via recruitment drive
CADET SUPPORTER: CN VADM
KEEPING UPRIGHT: LS Chevy Watson and SMN Lachlan Majerovic from TS Ipswich test their canoeing
skills on the Nerang River.
Photos: Angela Hughes
First Gold Coast
flotilla day success
TRAINING: Acting Gold Coast flotilla
commander LCDR Darren McDonald
on inspection with AB Taylor Eddy of TS
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