Bakersfield, California

O'Callahan Division & Training Ship Franklin

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BAKERSFIELD SEA CADETS

Sponsored by the Bakersfield Council, Navy League of the United States, the O’Callahan Division, Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC), was active in Bakersfield for some time until deactivated in the 1990’s due to a lack of adult volunteers. The Division was re-activated in the year 2000 for Naval Sea Cadets (ages 14 through 17). 

 In 2009, a separate unit of the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) was activated for Cadets ages 11 through 13.  The O’Callahan Division is named for Lieutenant Commander Joseph T. O’Callahan, the first Navy Chaplain to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The medal was awarded to him for his heroic actions during World War Two aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Franklin.  Since Navy League Cadet Corps units are called Training Ships, the new unit was designated Training Ship Franklin in honor of the ship on which Lieutenant Commander O’Callahan was serving.  

The two units generally attend drill weekends together, at the same time and place, but with some training being slightly different.

About the Naval Sea Cadet Corps


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).

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.