Holy Faith Convent Couva Home to First All Female Naval Unit

hfc-watch-logoThe Cadet Force has an all-female Naval Unit at Holy Faith Convent Couva. This is the first unit of its kind in the TTCF, and they aren’t stopping just there. These young ladies are very  driven, competent and active.

The Cadet Force saw its first formal Naval Unit being established in Chaguaramas in the late 1990s, and since then, has seen a long illustrious list of successes of its Naval Cadets after graduation from school.

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Sub. Lt. Michael Llanos congratulates OC Mwale Henry at the graduation of the newly established Naval Watch

Naval training in the Cadet Force is overseen by the Maritime Operations and Training Department, which also coordinates aviation training. Other activities include visits to Coast Guard ships and other installations.

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Colonel Ellis Robinson, Commandant of the Trinidad and Tobago Cadet Force (second from left) speaks with the cadets on board TTS Nelson II at a recent visit.

The Cadet Force has previously had all female units, but this is the first one at a Naval Unit/Watch.

Each Naval Watch is required to adopt a name of a ‘sea creature’, and so HFCC is also known as “The Dolphins”. When asked about the name, OC Henry gave three reasons this name was chosen.

  1. Dolphins are highly intelligent
  2. Dolphins have acute eyesight both in and out of the water.
  3. Dolphins Keep an Eye Out While Sleeping.They can overcome sleep deprivation and remain constantly vigilant for days at a time by resting one half of their brain while the other half remains conscious.

(We may have more on this sleep deprivation next year after these girls attend Annual Training Camp.)

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A photo of the cadets on board TTS Nelson II at the end of their visit.
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