ALL hands on deck was the order of the day when Irvine Sea Cadets and Royal Marines Cadets held their big inspection.

The youngsters hosted their Royal Naval Parade in front of proud parents and dignitaries at their unit in Dreghorn.

The event, which takes place every two years, is a highlight of the cadets’ training calendar and involves a formal inspection, displays and awards ceremony.

Commander Gary Farmer RD, RNR, the Sea Cadets northern area officer, inspected the “ship’s company” before the deck was cleared for the youngsters to be put through their paces.

The Sea Cadets, aged 12-18, Royal Marines Cadets, aged 13-18 and the Juniors, who are 10 and 11, put on an impressive showcase of their talents including first aid, engineering, drill, core values and teamwork.

Awards were presented by Commander Farmer to cadets who had distinguished themselves in the unit.

Lieutenant (SCC) Martyn Clark RNR, Irvine Sea Cadets commanding officer, said he was proud of all the cadets for practising so hard and their outstanding effort.

“For many weeks, all the cadets put in loads of effort to deliver an excellent parade and fantastic show for their parents and our distinguished guests.

“I’m proud of them all for their hard work and enthusiasm which, combined with the loyal support of our staff, has made Irvine Sea Cadets one of the most highly-rated units in the country.”