Jack Petchey, a new Sea Cadet training ship that cost £2.6m to build, will be launched on Friday in Plymouth

Jack Petchey, a new Sea Cadet training ship, is to be launched on Friday. The 24m motor vessel was built by Bridgend Boat Co at Mount Batten and will accommodate some 16,000 young people during an anticipated 25-year lifespan.

TS Jack Petchey will be named in a special ceremony in Plymouth by Jack Petchey OBE, whose foundation provided the lion’s share of the £2.6m funding. “Spending time at sea is a hugely important part of the Sea Cadet experience,” said Mike Cornish, CEO of The Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

“The more young people we can offer this life changing experience to the better and having a new state of the art training ship will help us to do that.”