HMS RAMSEY’s Executive Officer visits Whitehaven Sea Cadets


Whitehaven Sea Cadets received a visit from Lt Paul Kilbride RN, Executive Officer of the cadet unit’s affiliated ship, the Sandown Class minehunter HMS RAMSEY.

Accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew, AB Matthew Mossom from Maryport, Lt Kilbride told the cadets that HMS RAMSEY had only recently returned to her UK home port, HM Naval Base Clyde, after three years stationed in the Gulf.

“Working so far away made it very difficult to maintain our links with you, and that is something we regret.” said Lt Kilbride. “Our Captain, Lt Cdr Ashley Spencer, and I are eager to re-establish those links, as are the rest of the crew, and we hope this will be the first of many visits to Whitehaven.”

After presenting the Sea Cadet unit with a specially produced book containingphotographs recording the ship’s time in the Gulf, normally only given to the ship’s crew and their families, Lt Kilbride and AB Mossom spent the rest of the evening speaking with the cadets, answering questions about life in the Royal Navy and telling them what it was like having to live and work so far from home.

“I was absolutely delighted when I received the phone call from HMS RAMSEY asking if they could visit.” said Whitehaven unit’s Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC) Peter Lucas RNR. “It has gone very well and the cadets really enjoyed speaking with Lt Kilbride and AB Mossom. We all look forward to their next visit and perhaps even being able to arrange for some of our cadets to spend some time on board HMS Ramsey.”

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