Three navy cadets are busy packing their uniforms in preparation for the ANZAC centenary celebrations in Albany. Executive Officer of TS Morrow navy cadets, Sub Lieutenant Kevin Freeman said, ”These cadets really put a lot of effort into community events in Geraldton and also places like Three Springs and Mingenew. It’s great when the opportunity arises for them to be rewarded for their dedication. This celebration of the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first ANZAC convoy has attracted a lot of attention because it is such an important part of our history and the cadets will be right in the thick of it. “
Cadet Able Seaman Keelan Purcell said, “Cadets get amazing opportunities other people don’t and I’m really excited to be chosen to take part in this ANZAC celebration. I am especially looking forward to being in the centennial troop march, going on board the ships and seeing the re-enactment of the fleet departure.”
Albany was the final Australian departure point of the first convoy of troop ships from Australia and New Zealand heading for World War 1 nearly 100 years ago. After several months training in Egypt and the Middle East, these troops landed at dawn on the beaches of Gallipoli. As part of the centenary celebrations seven ships from Australia, New Zealand and Japan will do a re-enactment of the departure of that first convoy from King George Sound on 1 November 2015.
Sub Lieutenant Freeman said, “Being a cadet with the Australian Navy Cadets not only opens up opportunities other people don’t get but also allows you to make new friends and be part of a team that values you. We also aim to provide challenges that develop your potential as a leader. If you are 13 or older you can join navy cadets by visiting the unit on the Foreshore near the yellow submarine on a Wednesday night.