BUDDING seafarers from Stratford jumped aboard for a taste of life on the ocean.
Stratford Sea Cadets boarded RFA Lyme Bay – part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) which provides support to Royal Navy and humanitarian operations – to voyage along England’s south coast.
The cadets slept in dorms and explored the ship learning about the lifeboats, navigation, medical facilities and general roles of RFA personnel.
Lt Roger Edmunds, who accompanied the cadets, said: “It has really given cadets a taste of life at sea. The cadets particularly enjoyed the damage control sessions. They got incredibly wet whilst trying to block up simulated holes in the ship.’’
Organiser Karen Drinkwater added the trip highlighted the important role of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in supporting the Ministry of Defence and humanitarian missions.