25th September 2017
As a First Sea Lord Cadet, I am invited to a range of events where I am able to meet a number of high ranking individuals from the First Sea Lord to the Princess Royal. On the 18th September, I travelled up to London to view the Admiralty Board Room, meet the Navy Board at the Ministry of Defense headquarters and to go and visit Number 10 Downing Street.
The Admiralty Board Room is one of the oldest rooms in naval history. Formed in 1709, it is where all Prime minister, Kings and Queens and First Sea Lords have met to discuss and create a plan for what the country should do in times of trouble and war.
After visiting the Admiralty Board Room myself and the other First Sea Lord Cadets weere taken to the Ministry of Defense. I knew that I was somewhere very important as we had to turn off all phones and hand them in. Once we were in a meeting room, we all were given multiple briefs about the Navy board and its role. The Navy board is made up of nine people, four who are in the Royal Navy and five who are members of the public. Together they are in charge of all important decisions made in the Royal navy, from where we send our ships to what we spend our money on.
Once we had met the Navy Board and had lunch with them, we took a short walk across the road to Downing Street where we were able to take photos in front of Number 10.
This was a fantastic trip and a great honour which I would not have got if it was not for the CCF at Trinity.