Chelmsford Royal Marines Cadets were one of 6 units chosen to take part in the Gibraltar Cup challenge this year.
The team came second by only 1 point, after a three-day competition testing their skills including camouflage, navigation and leadership.
The Gibraltar Cup is the pinnacle of the Royal Marines Cadet experience. To even be selected is a life-changing event for these cadets. They were evaluated by serving Royal Marines on their morale, discipline, communication, spirit, values and the ability to think on their feet.
In addition to the team finishing in second place, Cdt Sgt Harry received the Best Section Commander Award. This achievement is all the more poignant for Cdt Sgt Harry as this is his final year as a cadet.
S/Lt Seb Britton, Officer in Charge of Chelmsford Sea Cadets, said: “Despite the weather and tough tasks, they persevered, showing grit and determination to achieve a result that punched well beyond their weight. This is undoubtedly the proudest moment of my cadet career so far. Thank you to everyone that helped make it happen.”
He continued: “Even when it got incredibly tough they supported each other, gritted their teeth and kept going, displaying exemplary teamwork and the commando spirit.”
Chelmsford RMCD had lots of help from Lima Company Royal Marines Cadets in the run up to the competition, including volunteers travelling from far and wide to help the team prepare for this amazing experience.
S/Lt Britton also received his Cadet Forces Commissioning Scroll at the presentation ceremony from Captain Phil Russell MA MSc CEng CMarEng FIMarEST MRINA Royal Navy, Captain of the Sea Cadets.
Anyone interested in supporting the Royal Marines Cadets or the Sea Cadets as a volunteer can find out more information on the Sea Cadets website. Please join us in celebrating the Chelmsford team on their accomplishment by contacting them through their website.