Portland Sea Cadets ~ T S Penn
Our affiliation with TS Penn Sea Cadet Corp goes back many years. The Isle of Portland Unit was founded in 1956, the same year that the RNA Portland Branch was formed. The Unit took its name from Admiral Sir William Penn (1644-1718), an English Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, USA. His residence on Portland, Pennsylvania Castle, used to be a major hotel on the island, but is now a private residence. As well as the Portland SCC Unit, two commissioned RN vessels also bore the name Penn. F19 saw active service from 1916 to 1921 and G77 saw active service from 1941 to 1948.
The sea cadets provide a nautical presence at our Annual Dinners and we reciprocate by mentoring them in the ceremonial skills of standard bearing. The Branch has provided a Diamond Community Trophy which is presented annually to the cadet who had contributed the most within the community during the year. To give the sea cadets a helping hand our shipmates are pleased to be able to donate to the unit.
Our shipmates always like to congratulate former Portland sea cadets who have gone on to make a career in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. In 2017 Midshipman Rhys Tanner RN was commissioned into the Royal Navy and is the first person from T.S. Penn, in many decades, to become an officer in the Royal Navy. Not to be outdone Bugler Tom Cox joined Portland Sea Cadets some years ago, and has since risen through the ranks, participating in the Portland Unit Band. He left in 2015 to begin training at the Royal Marines School of Music, and successfully passed out as a Bugler in the Royal Marines Band Service.