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September 29, 2011
By Graham Davis
FINANCIAL grants from local ex-
service organisations have seen two
Australian Navy Cadets (ANC) from
Brisbane's T.S. Moreton Bay under-
take experiences of a lifetime.
And if exclamations of "awesome"
and "fantastic" are indicators, the voy-
ages to the other side of the globe were
Firstly, 16-year-old LSCDT Nikita
Marquis, a Year 11 student from
Narangba Valley State High School,
headed off to spend
a fortnight with the
UK sea cadet organi-
sation as part of the
Mitchell Willocks, a
Year 12 student from
the Southern Cross
College, Scarborough, headed across
the Pacific to spend two weeks with
the US naval cadet organisation.
Each cadet was joined by about 40
others representing countries as varied
as Ghana, Belgium, Singapore, India,
Sweden and Canada.
The Commanding Officer of T.S.
Moreton Bay, SBLT Kim Seddon,
accompanied LSCDT Marquis and
three other ANC cadets to the UK,
while PO Karen Poultney from T.S.
Shoalhaven escorted LSCDT Willocks
and other ANC members to the US.
LSCDT Marquis said some of the
highlights were a billet aboard HMS
Bristol, seeing the 2012 Olympic
sailing course and facilities, visiting
Buckingham Palace and putting on a
Grenadier Guard's bear-skin hat.
"The whole trip was awesome,"
LSCDT Willocks said staying at
the Rhode Island Naval Base, watch-
ing the July 4 fireworks from the deck
of USS Massachusetts, working on a
bridge simulator and visiting the Coast
Guard Academy were
the highlights of his
"It was an out-
and I learned a lot,"
other cadets from
Each cadet received about $3000
from ex-service groups in Redcliffe
that made the exchanges possible.
Included in the cadets' plaudits
were the Redcliffe Naval Association,
the Redcliffe RSL, the Post 55
Veterans and the Vietnam Veterans'
LSCDT Marquis plans to become
a dental nurse when she leaves school,
while LSCDT Willocks is headed to
Bond University for degree in a law
Cadets' experience of a lifetime
"It was an
experience and I
learned a lot."
-- LSCDT Mitchell Willocks,
Training Ship Moreton Bay
GLOBETROTTERS: LSCDT Nikita Marquis and LSCDT Mitchell Willocks
(inset), both from T.S. Moreton Bay in Brisbane, recently spent time in the UK
and US respectively as part of the 2011 international exchange program.
Photos: Graham Davis
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