Foreign Sea Cadets Visit the States
As Part of International Exchange
By PETER ATKINSON, Deputy Editor
Thirty-six international Sea Cadets and their adult chaperones visited Naval Station Newport, R.I., in early July as part of
the 2011 U.S. Naval Sea Cadet
Corps (NSCC) International Exchange Program (IEP).
The cadets represented seven
maritime countries that are members
of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA), a voluntary association of independent Sea Cadet
Corps, or corresponding organizations, that promote the benefits of
sea cadet training worldwide. The
United States is a founding member
of ISCA and offers exchanges to U.S.
Naval Sea Cadets.
About 20 U.S. NSCC cadets,
along with escort officers, traveled
overseas this year as part of IEP, said
Lt. Cmdr. Michael L. Campbell,
NSCC, director of the IEP. U.S.
cadets visited Australia, Canada,
Sweden, the United Kingdom, Hong
Kong and Russia.
The international contingent visiting the states included five cadets
from the United Kingdom, four
from Australia, three from Ghana,
11 from Canada, four from Sweden,
six from Singapore and three from
Hong Kong. Six U.S. NSCC cadets
with chaperones also participated in
the exchange program visit.
The group’s two-week stay in the
states included a trip to the U.S.
Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., where they got to visit
with Rear Adm. Sandra L. Stosz, the
new superintendent; Naval Submarine Base New London; the USS
Constitution in Boston; an overnight
visit aboard the battleship
Massachusetts in Battleship Cove Park, Fall
River, Mass.; and New York City.
Sea Cadets taking part in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps International
Exchange Program enjoy an afternoon on the water aboard the 80-foot schooner
Aquidneck in Narragansett Bay off the coast of Newport, R.I. Program organizers chartered the boat to give cadets time to work the sails and train.
International Exchange Program cadets visit the USS Constitution in Boston.
Thirty-six cadets from seven countries took part in the program.