Gladstone Navy Cadets Leading Seamen Alex Turner, left, and Jaimie Burgess man the BP Gladstone-donated safety boat.
Gladstone Navy Cadets Leading Seamen Alex Turner, left, and Jaimie Burgess man the BP Gladstone-donated safety boat. Chrissy Harris

BP floats cadet boat

BP GLADSTONE has done its bit to help float the Gladstone Navy Cadets’ sailing program by donating a safety boat to the organisation.

The safety boat allows the navy cadets to go out on sailing exercises which were once not possible.

Petty officer Janelle Norton designs programs for cadets revolved around all water craft activities, including sailing, power boating and jet skiing, and was thrilled the addition to the fleet will assist cadets with learning skills.

“Previously we had three boats, but haven’t been able to sail because we had no safety boat which has to be a powerboat, so we’re really fortunate they’ve donated it to us,” Norton said.

Leading Seamen Alex Turner, Jaimie Burgess and James de Britt were chosen to go to Darwin as part of their promotion from able seamen to leading seamen.

The cadets spent time aboard a US aircraft carrier and a highlight was firing the guns on board a destroyer class frigate.

“They (the guns) were very heavy, and they’ve got a lot of kick,” Burgess said.

There was a chance to have simulated shooting practice in a $6 million set-up, as well as visiting an Indigenous art gallery, the famous sunset markets, and the maritime museum.



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