Pete Betcher, national vice-president, Navy League of Canada, reviews the 189 Port Augusta sea cadets. Photo submitted.

189 Port Augusta sea cadets participate in Annual Ceremonial Review

Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (RCSCC) 189 Port Augusta sea cadets participated in their Annual Ceremonial Review on June 9, at Glacier Gardens Arena.

The reviewing officer was Mr. Pete Betcher, national vice-president, Navy League of Canada, and the ceremony was attended by the Comox Mayor Paul Ives, as well as Courtenay, Comox and Bowser Legion representatives and many family, friends and invited guests.

Sea cadets displayed their proficiency in drill as well as some of the skills they have learned throughout the year, such as seamanship and first aid.

Congratulations and Bravo Zulu to all of the award winners this year.

A few outstanding cadets were honoured this year with multiple awards.

Chief Petty Officer First class (PO1) Kathleen Lynxleg was presented with the Navy League Award of Excellence – a national award from the Navy League of Canada.

Chief Petty Officer First Class (P01) Liam Court was presented with the Lord Strathcona Award, which is awarded from the Province of British Columbia.

These outstanding cadets also received the Navy League Centennial Coin, which was commissioned by the Navy League of Canada to commemorate the 100th year of Sea Cadets in Canada, and the Achievement Award.

The most decorated junior sea cadet was Leading Seaman (LS) Iain Petersen, who received three awards – Top Second Year Sea Cadet, The Courtesy and Dress award, and the Whitehead Seamanship Award.

More than 70 per cent of the 189 Port Augusta Sea Cadets have accepted summer camp training and staff cadet jobs at cadet training centres this summer, and one of the senior cadets will be going on an international exchange to the United States. Another 189 cadet will be going on a week-long tall ship excursion to the Great Lakes this June.

Sea cadets is a youth group for youth aged 12-18. They learn skills such as first aid, seamanship, sailing, power boating,range, citizenship and more. Former information, go to, find them on Facebook (189 Port Augusta Sea Cadets/Comox Valley Navy League), or contact the commanding officer at


The Navy League Award of Excellence was presented by Mrs. Julie Hillsden vice-president, Sea Cadets Vancouver Island Division, to Chief Petty Officer First class (PO1) Kathleen Lynxleg.

The Lord Strathcona Award was presented by the reviewing officer Mr. Pete Betcher, national vice-president, Navy League of Canada, to Chief Petty Officer First Class (P01) Liam Court. Photo submitted

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