Sea Cadets in Falmouth and Penryn are waiting to see if they will once again be rated among some of the highest in the country following their a recent inspection.

The branch has undergone its Royal Naval Parade (RNP) inspection, a formal examination carried out by the corps to ensure units are run and performed according to its mandate.

Invited guests, patrons and parents were able to watch as the unit was formally inspected by Commander Nigel Morton, the south west area officer. Cadets also provided practical demonstrations of rope work skills and presented an overview of achievements and activities from the preceding 12 months.

The Sea Cadet unit TS Robert Hichens is inspected annually, as are all the Sea Cadet units across the country, in relation to all areas: Cadet training and provision; staff training and provision; health and safety; kit availability and maintenance as well as ceremonial performance.

Fingers are crossed awaiting the result of the most recent inspection, as over the last seven years the Falmouth and Penryn unit has won a burgee - or small naval pennant - in recognition of achieving a performance among the top 20 per cent of units nationwide.

Residents of Penryn may spot the Cadets on the water, tide permitting, on Monday and Thursday evenings in a variety of craft, as they have recently begun their summer boating programme.