TS Koopa hoping to top last year

Annual Inspection 2017

On Saturday 13 May 2017 TS Koopa hosted Flotilla Commander Lieutenant Commander Joyce Kennedy to conduct her Annual Inspection.

CAPTIONTS Koopa cadets hone seamanship skills by conducting a light jackstay exercise.

TS Koopa has been awarded Most Improved Unit for the past two years and Commanding Officer Lieutenant Jane Reptik, staff and cadets have their fingers crossed that this year will be the year they bring the Best in Flotilla Award home.

Lieutenant Reptik said the unit continued to grow and be recognised in the community.

Cadets at TS Koopa learn maritime 'rules of the road'.
Cadets at TS Koopa learn maritime ‘rules of the road’. [click to enlarge]
“For the fourth year running, we have been recognised in the Longman Awards for our contributing to youth and this year we were a nominee in the Volunteering Queensland Impact Award,” she said.

“The Cadets will also be competing this year in the annual Cadet Games run by PCYC Sandgate, which they won last year.

“We believe the training ship has one of the best training and activities programs in the country.

“Our cadets will be undergoing adventure training at Tree Tops challenge next month and will be training in advanced leadership skills at a camp later in the year.”

Lieutenant Reptik said the Annual Inspection went well with some 80 guests attending to watch the cadets go through ceremonial drills and a number of practical training exercises.

“Adherence to safety is a major issue on all our activities, so we weren’t surprised when the Flotilla Commander threw a couple of emergency situations at us.

“The cadets enjoyed the experience, but we actually had to explain to parents that it was only an exercise and a part of what we do on train their cadets.

John Arnfield accepts a certificate of thanks for the Queensland National Serviceman’s Pipe Band from TS Koopa's Lieutenant Jane Reptik.
Pipe Major John Arnfield accepts a certificate of thanks for the Queensland National Serviceman’s Pipe Band from TS Koopa’s Lieutenant Jane Reptik.

“The ceremonial component saw the unit supported by the Queensland National Serviceman’s Pipe Band, which is always a great pleasure.

“They also donated some drums to the unit, which were very well received by the cadets.”

During the ceremony, several promotions were recognised – TS Koopa is pleased to announce our two newest Cadet Petty Officers are Petty Officer Deon Rayon and Petty Officer Ty McDonald – our newest Cadet Seaman Allana Jorgensen – and High Achievement of Personal Efficiency badge was awarded to Seaman Ella Adams.

 

Any youth who turns 13 in 2018 is welcome to attend TS Koopa or make enquiry to Commanding Officer Lieutenant Jane Reptik 0438 052 222 or email on jane.reptik@navycadets.gov.au

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