Help the Sea Cadets in national competition to inspire new memorial

The Submariner Memorial Appeal is today announcing a partnership with the Sea Cadets in a competition to design a new memorial which will mark the role Royal Navy submariners have played over the last 119 years.

The competition’s closing date has also been extended until the end of August 2020.

The memorial will be installed at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire next year. The first of its kind in commemorating the submariners, and their families, for the UK.

Sea Cadets takes pride in its links to the Royal Navy, and since the first incarnation of Sea Cadets was formed in 1856 it has given young people aged 10 to 18 the chance to experience a different kind of adventure.

As well as members of the public of all ages, nearly 15,000 Sea Cadets from over 400 units around the country are being encouraged to draw up plans for the tribute and could win prizes, including £1,000 for the winning design. The winner will also be invited, along with other cadets, to attend the opening of the memorial by HRH Prince William, Commodore-in-Chief Submarines.

“We’d like to encourage Sea Cadets from across the country and overseas units to come up with ideas for a memorial to those who lost their lives while serving in submarines and to recognise the sacrifice of their families.” Commander Tom Herman OBE RN, Submarine Flotilla Secretary, said.

The competition is open to all and will close at the end of August. To find out more and enter the competition, visit


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