Ascension Island

Ascension Island visit ANL-140313-160839001
Ascension Island visit ANL-140313-160839001
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Air cadets from 1220 (March) Squadron went on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ascension Island in the South Atlantic.

The trip was the first visit of its kind for the Air Cadet organisation and saw a team of cadets and staff from the Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire wing make the 4,500 mile journey from the UK.

They spent a week on the island, which is used by the Royal Air Force and United States Air Force, as well as lodger units such as the BBC and European Space Agency.

They visited Comfortless Cove, the home of the Bonetta Cemetery which contains the remains of the HMS Bonetta crew who were marooned there with yellow fever in 1838 and ultimately died.

Green turtles were witnessed coming ashore at Long Beach to lay their eggs and the cadets carried out conservation work on Elliot’s Pass.

They also got to hold the Commonwealth Baton at the island’s capital, Georgetown, as it made its way to the island as part of the relay for the 2014 Games. Cadets and staff got to have their pictures taken.