Petty Officer Mark Dunion and NDG staff with the Group of Oban Sea Cadets.
By Kim Hardie
Members of TS Pharos, Oban’s Sea Cadet group, visited Faslane on Thursday, August 8, and spent the day learning a bit about what goes on inside the Naval Base.
Petty Officer (PO) Mark Dunion invited the group, consisting of seven sea cadets and their instructor, to the Base and enlisted the help of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Murray Anderson to arrange a guided tour of some of the facilities on site.
PO Dunion will soon retire from the Royal Navy after 22-years of service and he will move to Oban with his fiancée, where he has volunteered as an instructor at TS Pharos.
“I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life and getting involved with TS Pharos will give me a chance to share some of the knowledge and experience I have gained during my time in the Royal Navy.” said PO Dunion.
“ I was a Sea Cadet myself and it is a great organisation which encourages young people to get involved in many different activities, as well as giving them confidence to achieve things they might not think they are capable of. It was a pleasure to host the young people and I look forward to getting more involved in the future when I leave the Navy.”
One of the Cadets tries out a diver’s helmet for size; a Sea Cadet gets the chance to try out a bomb suit; Northern Diving Group staff makes sure the helmet is on properly; Oban Sea Cadets watch the Northern Diving Group Bomb disposal robot.
During the visit the cadets were treated to a demonstration by Northern Diving Group (NDG) – the Royal Navy’s bomb disposal experts, a trip out on the water with Queen’s Harbour Master, a guided tour of the Sports facilities and finished off the day with a chat with the Head of the Submarine Service, Rear Admiral John Weale CB, OBE.
The Cadets from TS Pharos enjoyed the day and showed interest in all they were shown, asking lots of questions along the way, which kept PO Dunion on his toes.
PO Robert Neil, who is an instructor with the unit, said: “ It was an absolutely wonderful day! Full of exciting technology and an opportunity to experience and view the modern Royal Navy’s working life. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the visit for the unit.”
The Sea Cadets is a national youth charity, working with 14,000 young people between 10 and 18 years old across the UK. It has 400 units across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Malta and Bermuda all run by 9,000 volunteers