Change of Command for the Volunteer Cadet Corps

Published on 30/03/2024

The torch of knowledge changes hands as the current Commander of the VCC, Lieutenant Colonel (VCC) Christopher Spratt steps down from his Command on 31 March 2024 after over 3 years of being in the position and 42 years with the organisation.  

The Royal Navy has appointed Lt Adam Hearn RN as the next Commander of the Volunteer Cadet Corps. He will take post on 01 April 2024. Lt Hearn RN is currently the Deputy Commander of the VCC.

He said: “I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as the next Commander of the Volunteer Cadet Corps. Watching our young people develop and ‘Meet the Challenge’ of modern life is truly inspiring but I know that the organisation would not enjoy its superb reputation without the determination and commitment of an excellent team of permanent staff at HQRNCF working with an amazing network of adult volunteers.  I have enormous respect and gratitude for everything that Colonel Chris has achieved for the VCC during his tenure, and I am looking forward to helping the organisation grow and march confidently into the future with my dedicated Senior Leadership team.”

Having joined the VCC as a service helper in the role of Commanding Officer of HMS Collingwood in September 2016, Lt Hearn quickly immersed himself into providing a better cadet experience for members of the VCC. Re-energising the team his unit experienced a great deal of success ranging from Field Gun champions, increased unit size and hosting many Portsmouth area competitions, as well as providing a good attendance for the first joint RNVCC Summer Camp.

During this period he was also appointed as the Chief Field Gun Officer to oversee all VCC Field Gun activities and grow this popular sporting activity within the organisation.

Planning and leading the successful Exercise Wight Waves, the Summer Camp in 2019 in the Isle of Wight, Lt Hearn became the natural successor as Executive Officer (Training) later that year. He was instrumental in revamping the VCC training syllabus, and created and developed an online learning portal for all staff and cadets to ensure all were being taught the same lessons across the organisation. This turned out to be a great success story that kept staff and cadets together during COVID lockdowns.

Lt Hearn was appointed as the Deputy Commander VCC on 1 January 2021. Having attended his commissioning course at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant Royal Navy in December 2021. 

Living in Gosport in Hampshire, Lt Hearn is married to Jan and they have two grown up children. Living so close to the coast he enjoys kayaking in his spare time, cycling and has completed three marathons to date. 

The entire Volunteer Cadet Corps wishes Lt Col Spratt well for the future.