The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.
The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.
We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.
Newmarket Sea Cadets opened on 1st September 2013, under the command of Petty Officer (SCC) R Simpson, thanks to the hard work of the staff and cadets at Red Lodge Unit.
Previously to moving into Newmarket College and becoming Newmarket Sea Cadets, Red Lodge Unit was opened in 2009 as an independent unit to provide the local community with a disciplined youth organisation by Mr John Hadley & Mr David Thompson. The Unit was originally opened as a Marine cadet unit following a meeting with local young people as to the direction it should take. In 2011, the unit became formally recognised by by the MOD (N) and accepted as part of the Sea Cadet Corps with Lt (SCC) David Thompson RMR in command.
The Unit now offers training for Sea Cadets, Royal Marines Cadets and Junior Sea Cadets with the support of Newmarket College.