Top Hatters Hosts The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets 31 LION
LTjg Edward Glomb, NSCC, Top Hatters Squadron - Naval Station Norfolk – Norfolk, Virginia
Naval Station Norfolk was teaming with excitement. The cadets of Top Hatters Squadron, US Naval Sea
Cadet Corps were checking their uniforms and making sure everything was in the right place – no
detail was to be overlooked. The building fresh, the quarterdeck displaying the United States and
Canadian flags, and all the refreshments looked perfect. Soon – the cadets of 31 Lion, Royal
Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Core) (RCSCC) would be arriving for what was sure to be an evening filled
with friendship, storytelling, and an opportunity to share an international experience with their
neighbors to the north. 31 Lion Arrives The RCSSC 31 Lion’s marched in perfect formation as they approached Top Hatters Squadron.
All tunics were freshly pressed, shoes shined to mirror-like finish, and cover bands were sharp and bright with gold lettering. With the traditional full arm march, 31 Lion displayed precision, discipline and the proud traditions of the British style formation. Their approach was a testament of their allegiance to
the Crown, to the Core, and to each other. Escorted to Top Hatters by INST Charles Cavaleri, NSCC, (AZ3/USN)
31 Lion was both excited and proud to meet their American counterparts for the first time.
The Canadian “Core ”The Cadets of 31 Lion, are based in Hamilton, Ontario – Canada under the Command of LT(N) Katie
Lynch, and were escorted by S/LT Amy Geddes. Their unit is an impressive 50 cadets strong, ranging
in age from 9 to 18. Formed in 1917, 31 Lion is the oldest unit in the RCSCC and was formed in the model of the British Sea Cadet Corps Program.
Bonds Forming Across Borders
For most of 31 Lion’s cadets, “This is their first time visiting, the United States. Most of my cadets have never met an American Sea Cadet
– this is so exciting for us.”, stated S/LT Geddes as the evening began.
Welcoming remarks for the evenings’ cultural exchange was offered by LTjg Edward Glomb, NSCC – Top Hatters Squadron’s Commanding Officer,
“Together, we share a common bond and mutual goal of Sea Cadet education and development – for it
is the Sea Cadet that will secure the future seas, carry forward the torch of liberty, and protect
the freedoms of our great nations.” “Cheers” - Traditional Canadian Farewell
With an evening filled with cadets trading stories, exchanging Sea Cadet Swag (memorabilia) and the
adult staff getting further acquainted, the time to say goodbye arrived too quickly. In traditional
Sea Cadet fashion, cadets quickly became friends, and by the end of the evening – chins were aglow
from the reflection of smartphones as cadets began trading contact information and social media
contacts. Promising to stay in touch, smiles were wide – and some tears began to fall, as the evening came to a close.
Top Hatters has a long tradition of international relations. Hosting Sea Cadets from: Canada,
England, Singapore, Australia and Germany – LTjg Glomb remarked, “Top Hatters is privileged to act
as ambassadors for the Sea Cadet program.” S/LT Geddes and LTjg Glomb promised to stay in touch as
well and are exploring the possibly of Top Hatters visiting 31 Lion, in Ontario during the summer of 2020. Cheers!
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is comprised of two programs. The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program is for young people ages 13 through the completion of high school. Also included under the USNSCC umbrella is our junior program the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC), for young people ages 11 through 13.
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