CCF Biennial Inspection
The City of London School Combined Cadet Force held yet another splendid Biennial Inspection on Wednesday 14 March. This year’s Inspecting Officer was Commodore Wallace from the Royal Navy. In addition, Ben Crossly-White, an old Citizen and Chief Warfare Officer aboard HMS Westminster, came along to see what the CCF have been up to.
The day began with each section demonstrating the many interesting things that they get up to whilst attending CCF. In the swimming pool, the Navy section showed off some dry capsize drills with a small sailing dinghy called a Topper, along with a Camps and Knots demonstration in the Junior School Hall. The Army section conducted First Aid demonstrations as well as showing off survival techniques in the courtyard, and the RAF section presented their flight techniques together with a hot-air-balloon demonstration. This was then followed by a spectacular drill demonstration from the RAF section drill team: not a step was out of place, and an equally fantastic performance from the CCF Band.
After the demonstrations all three sections were formed up in the courtyard for the parade, which went swimmingly, with more superb performances from the band and an immaculate display from the Guard and Banner Section.
The Inspection concluded with the presentation, in which specific members of each section were picked out for particular achievements; from best shot with the cadet rifle, to the Solo Flying award. All the awards and trophies were handed out by Commodore Wallace, who then made an inspirational speech on what it means to be part of the CCF and how it can help develop skills for the future, whether in the military or in civilian life.
All in all it proved to be marvellous day. Many thanks to Commodore Wallace for attending the inspection, and thanks must also go to Mr Gregory, Mr Fernandez and all associated staff who made the day run so smoothly.
Being part of the CCF can help develop skills for the future.