Navy cadets gain ?ship? for city base



GLADSTONE'S Australian Navy ca- dets are out to get their own "ship'' after operating out of Rockhampton during recent years.

The cadets are staging their first annual inspection in Gladstone to- day at the RSL Drop-in Centre be- tween 9.15am to 11.45am.

Spokesman for the cadets Scott Prior said an application had been lodged with the Central Queensland Ports Authority for land to establish their own centre (known as a 'ship' in Naval terms).

He said the group used to operate in Gladstone "but strangely, for a port city, it stopped functioning here and had been operating under the auspices of the Rockhampton Navy Cadets'.

'The group had 18 seamen and re- cruits but is growing rapidly and is looking to re-form in Gladstone,' he said.

Mr Prior said once it re-estab- lished in Gladstone it would qualify to obtain sailing vessels for training from the Australian Navy 'and poss- ibly including larger vessels'.

He said an invitation has been sent out to Gladstone businesses to assist the Navy Cadets.

The group meets on Monday nights at the RSL drop-in centre, Flinders Parade, from 6.30pm.



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