My American adventure
LC Jess on board a US Navy ship during her trip
My American adventure
Where has Sea Cadets taken you? LC Jess tells us about her trip to America
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LC Jess

LC Jess

On June 22nd 2015, the adventure began. Me and four other cadets from all over the UK travelled to London to meet our escort officer. The first night of the exchange was spent as an ice-breaker for us all to get to know each other before we took off for America the following morning...

After 11 hours of flying, we arrived in the state of Rhode Island. Here we met the US staff officers and cadets, who took us to Newport Naval Base where we would be staying throughout our trip. We were greeted with smiles and hugs from the other overseas cadets. From the beginning of the exchange, we all bonded and became good friends, which made the experience even better.

Getting into the American spirit with our new friends...

Throughout the two weeks we took part in team building activities and water sports, and visited various naval schools within the base. The highlight of the trip was spending 2 days in New York City where we went sight-seeing and shopping in Times Square!

We got out on the water with some kayaking

A cadet from each country was chosen as the 'Honour Cadet' to acknowledge their hard work throughout the two weeks and was rewarded with a backstage pass to the Broadway show Wicked. I was fortunate enough to be selected as the 'Honour Cadet' for the UK!

Some of our UK Sea Cadets team (that's me on the right)

During my two weeks in the US, I learnt a lot about the US Navy and about myself. I am very grateful for being chosen to represent my country as this is not something most 17 year olds get to do.

The exchange has enabled me to see what life would be like within a naval establishment and has made me want to join the Royal Navy even more than before. I would strongly encourage cadets to apply for any of the exchange trips because they really are life changing.

On a ship's visit with the US Navy

I learned about different cultures, and most importantly matured as a person. On the trip I had to make sure I was always on time, looking smart and prepared for anything. These are skills I can take with me when I join the Royal Navy in the coming years. The exchange is something I will never forget.

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