WITH freshly polished shoes and pressed uniforms, Milford Haven Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets looked even sharper than usual for their parade and inspection on Tuesday night (February 5).

Inspecting the troops was Commander Nigel Morton RN, South-West area officer, who spoke to the unit and joined parents and supporters as cadets performed various displays.

Youth members showed off their first aid skills, and demonstrated how to apply camouflage in the field.

Commander Morton also got stuck in, joining another member of the audience in an 'obstacle course' in which he had to don a 'Smurf suit' and buoyancy aid against the clock.

Certificates and trophies were also handed out to individuals who have worked particularly hard over the last year.

Among the unit’s main achievements in 2018 were raising more than £16,000 towards the cost of a Ribcraft safety boat, and its first promotion to Petty Officer Cadet since the introduction of a new leadership development programme three years ago.

There were winners in various competitions, including rowing boat handing, football and windsurfing, and Cadet corporal Max was nominated for the Indefatigable Trophy - making him the Royal Marines Cadet with the most boating hours and qualifications in the South-West region, and in the top seven in the UK.