I wanted to let you know that we will shortly be saying goodbye to Captain Jonathan Holloway RN as he moves on, but I am delighted to announce that we will welcome a new Captain with the appointment and promotion of Commander Philip Russell MA MSc CEng CMarEng FIMarEST MRINA Royal Navy as Captain Jon Holloway’s successor as Captain Sea Cadets at the rank of Captain with effect from 20 April 2015.
Captain Russell is a first class officer with a strong engineering background. He will join us from the post of Chief Engineer for Hydrographic and Patrol vessels as part of the commercially supported shipping team in Bristol. His naval career has included experience at sea aboard HM Ships EURYALUS, CAMPBELTOWN, JUNO and GLOUCESTER, together with periods at Navy Command Headquarters and Northwood.
Jon and I recently met with him and were impressed with his enthusiasm for and understanding of the role of CSC, which is informed hugely through his work in the Directorate Reserve Forces and Cadets in MOD between 2005 and 2008. In short an appointment of this calibre is a further strong indication of the high regard in which this role is held by the RN.
Jon however will be a hard act to follow and continues to make a huge contribution. We will ensure proper recognition nearer the time, with a formal handover ceremony planned at the National Drill and Piping Competition on 25 April. I am sure you will wish to join me now in saying thank you to Jon for what he has done and will do for us through to his departure in April.
We will also be announcing the appointment to the Corps later today.
Martin J Coles| Chief Executive Officer
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