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An Historical Look Back and Look into the Future: 

Our (NEW) Sea Cadet Corps Unit

The Battleship Iowa Division

(Formerly known as the:  S.S. Lane Victory Division)


As the commanding officer, CDR Rodriguez had a difficult time with finding a permanent home for his Sea Cadets. Headquarters and training facilities has ranged from the Hubbard Division, to the S.S. Lane Victory Division and as of early 2017 the USS Iowa have stepped up and provided their ship as the new home for CDR Rodriguez and his Sea Cadets. The unique history and incredible stories about the ship and its crew will  certainly enrich the experiences of all current and future Sea Cadets.  We salute the USS Iowa!



Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.

Sea Cadet organizations exist in most of the maritime nations of the world. Recognizing the value of these organizations in educating youth in maritime matters, the Department of the Navy requested the Navy League of the United States to establish a similar program for American youth. The Navy League agreed to do so and formally established the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) and Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) in 1958. Recognizing the importance and benefits of the NSCC, Congress on September 10, 1962 federally incorporated the Naval Sea Cadet Corps under Public Law 87-655 (36 USC 1541) as a non-profit military youth program.

Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities in areas of leadership and aviation. The NSCC also took an active part in the creation of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). The ISCA is an association of Sea Cadet Corps' from around the world, whose main objective is to facilitate exchanges of cadets between member countries.

What is Sea Cadets?
The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) is for American youth ages 14-17 that have a desire to learn about the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Sea Cadets are authorized by the Secretary of the Navy to wear Navy uniforms appropriately marked with the Sea Cadet Corps insignia. The objectives of the Sea Cadet program are to introduce youth to naval life, to develop in them a sense of pride, patriotism, courage, and self-reliance, and to maintain an environment free of drugs and gangs.

Cadets meet or "drill" at their local division monthly throughout the year. A division is structured along military lines and is headed by a Commanding Officer. Cadets may drill on military bases, at reserve centers, local schools, community centers, as in our case aboard the Battleship IOWA, fostering team work, camaraderie and an understanding of the military command structure.

Our Cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers and senior cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership.

Local divisions can participate in community events such as parades and fairs. They may also tour Navy and Coast Guard ships and shore stations, and participate in community service events.

As the commanding officer, CDR Rodriguez had a difficult time with finding a permanent home for his Sea Cadets. Headquarters and training facilities has ranged from the Hubbard Division, to the S.S. Lane Victory Division and as of early 2017 the USS Iowa have stepped up and provided their ship as the new home for CDR Rodriguez and his Sea Cadets. The unique history and incredible stories about the ship and its crew will certainly enrich the experiences of all current and future Sea Cadets. We salute the USS Iowa!

Two of Our Successes

Former Lane Victory Cadet Park receiving his commission as an Ensign in the Unites States Coast Guard from President Donald Trump at the US Coast Guard Academy, 2017.

Former Lane Victory Cadet Waldo, now Midshipman and his family pictured at the U.S. Naval Academy, during his plebe summer, 2016.

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Our Sea Cadet Corps Unit


S.S. Lane Victory Division

(Formerly known as the:  Harry E. Hubbard Division)


S.S. Lane Victory Division's Past Events

By ENS. Richard Covington, NSCC

RADM Stone visits the USNSCC S.S. Lane Victory Division

On 24 October 2015, RADM Stone (USN Ret) came down to the S.S. Lane Victory (this was the first time an Admiral has been aboard the S.S. Lane Victory in her history), to talk with the USNSCC Cadets about his carrier, USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).  The Admiral was received by the cadets and escorted to the Ship's Museum where he was very happy to meet and talk with the cadets.  He entertained questions during his talk as well as afterwards.  The cadets enjoyed hearing about how his career and how he advanced in rank to a RADM Upper Half (Two Stars).

Admiral Stone talks to the cadets

Admiral Stone displays a ball cap of the USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77)

CDR Rodriguez presenting a gift to RADM Stone

Korean Scouts visit the USNSCC S.S. Lane Victory Division

The Korean Scouts are the only Korean Scout unit in the People's Republic of China. South Korea moved factories to mainland China in Qingtao  - unit made up entirely of South Koreans

The S.S. Lane Victory Division of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps drills on the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday-Sunday of each month.  The 13th of Feb is the second Saturday.  Thus they were aboard when we boarded the Ship.  They were staying in the Gunners Quarters, where we normally stay – so we took our gear to #3 hold (we use this area for class room and for sleeping when there is a double booking of units.  Our Commanding Officer CDR Freddy Rodriguez US PHS (One branch of the Navy) and I were wondering if they were from North or South Korea.  Our Unit Ex Officer brought the two leaders down to #3, where the CO asked the leader where they were from.  He told us that they are South Korean and from Qingdao China – a city on the east coast of China.  Apparently several companies in South Korean have moved their factories to China, and there are a large number of South Korean Families that moved over to Mainland China. 

All conversations were about the Scouts, Sea Cadets, US Navy – nothing was asked or offered as to what our day jobs are.  No contact information was exchanged.

The Scout Troup (Troup 900) is entirely made up of South Korean Scouts (boys and girls) and are on a two week visit to the US (San Diego & Los Angeles as shown on their neckerchiefs). 

Our CO determined that it would help to build international relations by integrating the units, where the USNSCC S.S. Lane Victory Division could teach/demonstrate: Line Heaving; Folding the Ensign of the United States; unit marching including how to handle our unit’s Guidon.


USNSCC S.S. Lane Victory Division Cadets in PT gear, the Scouts in their uniforms – trying to see how far they can let out the line (Line Heaving)

The image below showing one of the Scouts while they tried Line Heaving:

Above the Scouts are putting away the practice lines from Line Heaving.  The Troup leaders are on the left – the head was standing on the hatch to #3, the other is by the boom.

Folding of the Ensign – The Ensign was changed out so that the S.S. Lane Victory could fly an Ensign at Half Mast for a Merchant Marine that past – this Ensign was taken down at the end of the day, an packed up and shipped off to the family of the deceased.

Scouts preparing for the Knock-Out Drill Competition

Three Finalists above – the tallest one (in front won)

  Integrated units.

The Scout Troup gave to each of the Cadets and Officers, two pins – One showing crossed flags, Korean on the left and Scouting on the right, and an oval Pin from Qingdao, China.  The CO was also given the Purple Scouts flag shown in the image above.  The S.S. Lane Victory Division presented to the Scouts the NLCC - Small Garrison Cap Device 1-1/16"


and to the Leaders the 1-1/2" (Round) For Combo Cap Device

The S.S. Lane Victory Cadets visited a Mexican Training Ship ZAPOTECO

27 June 2015 the S.S. Lane Victory was located at Berth 49 in San Pedro. Our Commanding Officer  S.S. Lane Victory Division noticed that across the parking lot at Berth 46 was a ship flying the Mexican and American Flags (ref IMG_1118.jpg).  He wanted to see if we could get a tour, we formed up the division and marched over to the ship.  CDR Rodriguez took out his ID boarded the Mexican Ship and talked with the Officer of the Deck (OOD).  The OOD was shocked to see our CO & ask "Are you a Colonel”,  CDR Rodrigues said yes, the OOD " snapped to Attention and saluted” our CO.  CDR Rodriguez  told them about our Cadets and asked if it was possible to get a tour of their ship for the cadets and his officers/midshipmen.  The OOD gave the ok, and we boarded – yes the Cadets were now on sovereign Mexican Soil, even though we never left San Pedro.

FYI  From the web page:  The Mexican Naval Ship ZAPOTECO will be visiting Berth 46 (in the outer harbor) and will be open for free public tours June 27-30.    ZAPOTECO  (MP02) is a  Huasteco Class logistics vessel commissioned in 1986.  The ship is 2,650 tons displacement (full load), and has a crew of 57.  Maximum Speed: 17 knots

ZAPOTECO is also  used as hospital and disaster relief vessel. (Information courtesy

The Escort officer we had was a Midshipman,  his English was reasonable good.  The Midshipman took us up to the Bridge, explained the instrumentation and it’s operation.  We then went up  a another deck talked about the lifeboats and International flags used to communicate to other ships.  The Midshipman asked about the cadets and what college there were from, CDR Rodriguez told him that the cadets were in High School – the Midshipman was surprised they were so young.

As we were departing, we extend an offer to come over to the S.S. Lane Victory in an effort to help develop International Good Will.  A few of their crew did come over visited the S.S. Lane Victory, however I didn’t have any interaction with them.

Harry E. Hubbard Division
By: Ronald S. Dutton
Lieutenant Commander, NSCC
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The Harry E. Hubbard Division, although having changed ships several times since the HUBBARD's decommissioning decided to continue carrying the U.S.S. HUBBARD's proud name and continue to honor the naval officer for whom it was named. On 01/01/2013 Harry E. Hubbard Division changed its name to S.S. Lane Victory Division. The name change came to reflect the relationship that developed between Harry E. Hubbard Division and the S.S. Lane Victory Museum. S.S. Lane Victory Division is the Official Sea Cadet unit of the S.S. Lane Victory.

Today, the S.S. Lane Victory Division is commanded by CDR Freddy Rodriguez, USPHS. It currently meets every 2nd Saturday of the month from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and every 4th weekend of the month (Saturday from 8:00 AM to Sunday at 3:30 PM aboard the S.S. LANE VICTORY, located at Pier 49, San Pedro, California, and also continues its shipboard training on the USCGC HALIBUT, (also sponsored by the Beverly Hills Council), based in the Marina Del Rey Small Boat Harbor.

The Division has a proud record of achievement, as throughout its 50+ years of existence, the records show that most of its graduating cadets enter the military, either as enlisted or officer, and/or go on to higher education at colleges and universities. The Division is also proud of its successful anti-gang and anti-drug programs. The Division's award winning color and honor guards are in constant demand by the community.


Seaman Wessley Curfman, NSCC

Hubbard Alumni from 2011, Cadet Curfman is a current U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal.  

"I thank the Sea Cadet Corps for my initial training which prepared me for my and  advancement in the Marine Corps, as I will be making Corporal in 1 year which usually takes 3 to 4 years."

Petty Officer 3rd Class Samuel Park, NSCC

Hubbard Alumni from 2012, NSCC Petty Officer 3rd Class Park will report this fall semester as a Cadet Candidate to the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, RI with hopes to later attend as a Cadet to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London.

  "I believe the Sea Cadet Program has prepared me to enter the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and hopefully become a successful Coast Guard Officer in the future."


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