Barry Air Cadet on a Gib jolly

By GEM Community Correspondent in Community News

Recently, Air Cadet Rhys Horton spent an “amazing camp” at RAF Gibraltar.

Royal Air Force Gibraltar is a unique station situated in the shadow of the 1,400 foot Rock of Gibraltar adjacent to the border with Spain. The 6,000-foot airfield was built at the start of the Second World War and is an integral part of Gibraltarian life as the only road into Spain crosses the runway.

RAF Gibraltar’s mission is to: ‘Provide an operational airhead capable of mounting UK and coalition military operations and in doing so contribute to the maintenance of British sovereignty of Gibraltar.’

Rhys’s unique overseas camp allowed him to meet 50 other air cadets from around Wales and England. On arrival, he received briefings about safety, medical emergencies, security and the camp programme.

Rhys had the opportunity to walk to the top of ’The Rock’, taking approximately one hour. At the top, he admired the fantastic views of Gibraltar, where he saw the playful Barbary macaques.

The week at Gibraltar was a mix of fun activities and military experiences. Rhys spent quality time on the beach, ice skating, experiencing dolphin sailing safari, Bahia waterpark, Selwo adventure park and visiting St Michael’s vast cave within the Rock of Gibraltar as well as shopping in the town of Casemates.

On the military side, Rhys visited the fire and police sections and had a guided tour of a Royal Navy ship; while also meeting air cadets from No.2 Overseas Air Cadet Squadron.

Rhys said: “I had the most amazing time while I was there, we did so much in seven days; I loved every minute of my stay doing the military as well as fun/leisure stuff that I never wanted to leave; I made so many new friends.”

The Air Cadets also undertake many other exciting activities besides ceremonial parades including flying, gliding, adventure training, shooting, sport, field craft, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, expeditions and visits to RAF Stations around the United Kingdom.

The cadets are looking forward to their forthcoming trip to the battlefields and memorials of Ypres (Belgium) and the Somme (France).

372 (Barry) Squadron have vacancies for boys and girls between 12-18 years old (from school year-8).

372 Squadron parades on Mondays and Wednesdays 7pm – 9.30pm behind Adams’ Funeral Parlour (by the Memorial Hall) or you can contact the Squadron on 07486 501864, email oc.372@aircadets.org or visit www.372squadron.org.uk for more information.

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