Plymouth Armed Forces Day

Published on 30th March 2017

The city is marching ahead with its plans for Plymouth Armed Forces Day, which were unveiled at the highly anticipated and exciting launch event today (29 March 2017).

Plymouth Armed Forces Day is organised by Plymouth City Council with Babcock as title sponsor, and is fully supported by the Military Services and businesses across the city. Each year Plymouth aims to raise awareness and support for the Armed Forces and celebrate the outstanding contribution they make to the city and the UK.

Babcock Managing Director Craig Lockhart said: “Babcock is delighted and proud to support Plymouth Armed Forces Day again this year.

“This fantastic event is a great celebration for civilians, the military and their families alike and we look forward to working with Plymouth City Council and our Armed Forces colleagues to make this year’s event even better than ever.”

The countdown to this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Day has begun, after the Armed Forces Day flag was presented to the city following a thrilling journey across Plymouth Sound to Stonehouse Barracks, involving a marine landing craft, zip wire and a weapons platform vehicle, in a wild ride to herald the date for the thrilling annual event – Saturday 24 June.

Today’s Armed Forces Day launch began with hero and former Royal Marine Mark Ormrod MPSA, who lost three limbs in an explosion in Afghanistan, joining Commanding Officer of 30 Cdo, Lt Col Nik Cavill MBE on board a marine landing craft.

They sailed across Plymouth Sound from the Barbican to Stonehouse Barracks carrying the Armed Forces flag, which was then taken to the top of the Eastern King Fort, along with the title sponsors Babcock’s flag, before being brought down a specifically made zip wire by commandos.

The Armed Forces Day flag was then presented to the Lord Mayor in a dramatic climax which set the tone for the popular annual event. Joining the Lord Mayor was a delegation from title sponsors Babcock, the Tri-Services, Royal British Legion, Councillor Glenn Jordan, and representatives from the Cadets (including our very own Cadet Corporal Drew Preston) and Military Kids Club Heroes.

Commanding Officer of 30 Cdo IX Gp RM, Lt Col Nik Cavill MBE, said: “It is always a highlight in our calendar and preparations are well underway to make this the best Armed Forces Day yet.”

“It is wonderful to see so many people celebrating in the work we do and it makes every serving soldier, sailor, airman, marine, reservist and veteran immensely proud to take part.”

This year’s family-friendly Armed Forces Day looks set to attract more than 40,000 people as it promises to deliver a whole host of exciting and exhilarating displays, interactive activities, military bands, parades and a not to be missed air show featuring death defying acrobatics.

Military hardware including weapons displays, static helicopters, military vehicles and equipment will also be on show as well as the popular and exciting arena programme. One of the highlights this year is the Senior Field Gun competitions featuring HMNB Devonport, HMS Raleigh and HMS Ocean.

The Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and Veterans’ organisations, charities and the Emergency Services will all be showcasing their services in a variety of ‘Villages’ set out across the Hoe. It is expected more than 120 exhibitors will be on display and organisers hope more people than ever before will come along and enjoy the day.

The line-up for an exciting evening concert is already being planned too. Acts confirmed so far include the popular Military Wives Choir, Joey and the Lips and eighties favourite Toyah Willcox.

Councillor Glenn Jordan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: “As a military city, Plymouth has a strong link to the military and we are really excited to be delivering an action packed programme for this year’s Armed Forces Day.

“As well as being fun, the event also carries a strong message, an opportunity to show our support to the Armed Forces, from those currently serving to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.

“Our event’s team are pulling out all the stops to ensure it will be a spectacular day to remember.”

The full programme and evening line-up is still being finalised, with more events and activities being added to the Armed Forces Day website over the coming weeks. For updated information please visit


Published on 23rd February 2017

Keep up to date with all things Plymouth VCC with our Spring Edition Newsletter.

Don’t just read it…say something! Contributions from cadets, staff and families are welcome here at the PR Office! Just send your pictures and words by email to and you may get to see them in print here and also in the joint-VCC publication, The Challenge! Magazine.


Summer Camp 2017

Published on 6th February 2017

This year’s summer camp will be held in Vannes, Northern Brittany, where the cadets will be hosted by the 3rd Marine Battalion.

It is intended to depart the UK on the evening of Thursday 3rd August from RMB Stonehouse on the overnight Plymouth to Roscoff Ferry, returning in the early afternoon of Sunday 13th August to RMB Stonehouse.

The final program of activities is waiting to be finalised, I will send this out in due course with more information, as well as deliver a comprehensive parents brief prior to departing.

The cost for each cadet is £150, which will be supplemented by sponsorship and Cadet fund raising activities.  I think you will agree that this is excellent value for an all inclusive 10 night trip abroad with activities.

What I do need as quickly as possible is an idea of what number of cadets wishes to attend and whether they have passports and EHIC cards.  There is NO requirement for you to start applying for a passport for your child, those cadets who do not have passports can travel under the Government Collective (Group) Passport scheme which I will apply for once I know who needs to be part of it.  If your child has an individual passport they must travel on this passport.

Cadets will require an EHIC card which can be applied for online[1] and is free.  If you are being asked to pay towards an EHIC card you are not on the official NHS site.

This summer camp offers a fantastic opportunity for the RMVCC and I hope your cadet will be able to attend.

Please return the following attachment to the Admin Office should your child/ward wishes to attend no later that Mon 6 Feb 17.

Yours Sincerely,


P Cook

Capt RM

Liaison Officer PLYRMVCC





Published on 10th January 2017

Following the success of the VCC Review in Feb 2015 it is intended to repeat the event by holding a VCC Commandant’s Review (VCCCR) on Sun 19 Mar 2017. This is a great opportunity for as many cadets and staff from the VCC units as possible to meet in a non-competitive environment and celebrate our organisation and its achievements. We expect to have some high-profile guests of honour.

The event will take place on the morning of Sun 19 Mar 2017 although rehearsals will take place on Fri 17 and Sat 18 Mar 2017. RMVCC Plymouth will be travelling at approx. 1700hrs on Friday 17 Mar 2017, arriving at HMS EXCELLENT late evening.

It is requested that Plymouth VCC sends a large detachment. The personnel must be confident in being away from home and comfortable with standing on Parade. VCC Commander has also requested that the Corps of Drums from Plymouth VCC attend and work with the cadet musicians at Portsmouth VCC to form a combined band for the parade as per the event in 2015.

Any VCC personnel wishing to attend must return the attached invitation to the Administration Office no later than Monday 23 Jan 17, so the required paperwork can be completed.

Any queries are to be directed to WO2 L K Colpitts RMC, please contact us on 01752 836367, alternatively, email us at


Published on 2nd January 2017

The Royal Marines Cadets in the Plymouth area are recruiting!

Could you Meet The Challenge?

Join us at RMB Stonehouse on Monday 16th January 2017 at 18:30hrs for an Open Evening to find out more about what the Volunteer Cadet Corps has to offer!

To register your interest, email our Recruitment Team at



Published on 2nd January 2017

As we near the end of 2016, I am writing to you with a personal message of thanks. On behalf of all of us here at Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps – Plymouth I just want to express profound gratitude to you for your kind support of our organisation.

Believe me when I say it all makes a difference. And that difference can be life-changing for the youth of Plymouth.

I am proud to be part of an organisation that has many committed and compassionate Volunteer Staff and supporters who share our mission. Whether you are an active Cadet Force Adult Volunteer, you transport our cadets to and from events or support our cadets during activities and parades. I am sincerely thankful. Whenever I meet and speak to any of the greater community, it becomes abundantly clear that you feel a strong connection to our work. To you, and to me, we’re really not just another Youth Organisation: we’re much more than that!

Looking ahead to the coming year, there is a lot do to. I look forward to the development of the Volunteer Cadet Corps, through our Headquarters in Portsmouth and the expansion of the training in which our cadets will receive throughout the upcoming year in order for them to develop into responsible, dependable and useful members of society.

So thank you once again for your kind support this year. Here’s looking ahead to bigger and better things in 2017!

Happy New Year!

J Neale
Lieutenant RMC
Commanding Officer
RMVCC Plymouth

R Company 216

Published on 6th December 2016


Monday 5th December 2016 saw Recruit Troop 216 received their berets in a parade held at Royal Marines Barracks Stonehouse in Plymouth. The event was attended by Lieutenant Colonel Nik Cavill MBE RM, Commanding Officer 30 Commando, and Warrant Officer 1 Regimental Sergeant Major Liam Douthwaite RM, of 30 Commando.

Cadets from Cadet Recruit Troop 216 received their blue berets in a parade to recognise the completion of six months of training. The Recruits have learned basic field craft, parade training, weapon handling, uniform maintenance and basic values of the Royal Marines.