About RCSCC Oakville
The History of HMCS Oakville & RCSCC Oakville
On Wednesday November 5th 1941, Oakville residents thronged to Lakeside Park to join in and cheer at dedication ceremonies for the corvette HMCS OAKVILLE. Residents, semi-military, military and civilian units paraded through the streets. Mrs. F.M. Deans, wife of Mayor M. Deans, dedicated the corvette. Rev. Canon D. Russell Smith blessed the vessel. All community and civic organizations were represented in the guards of honour.
OAKVILLE went off to World War II and on August 28th 1942, sunk a German U-boat, U-94, one of only three corvettes to do so during the war. A Men of Valor poster commemorates this historic event.
On June 11th 1989, Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander unveiled a stone cairn in Tannery Park dedicated to the Officers and Crew who served in HMCS OAKVILLE. On May 14th 2016, the Town of Oakville honoured HMCS OAKVILLE by raising a commemorative plaque, written by Lt(N) Sean E. Livingston CD to accompany the cairn.
A book titled “Oakville’s Flower: The History of HMCS Oakville” by former Commanding Officer Lt (N) Sean Livingston details these historic events and reveals the bravery and valour of the crew.
On Saturday November 6th 1999, RCSCC OAKVILLE was formally commissioned. This Sea Cadet Corps has the honour of holding the same pendant number as HMCS OAKVILLE - K178. The Badge the Sea Cadets wear on their tunics is reminiscent of the original town crest and the gun shield created for HMCS OAKVILLE.
On Sunday May 28th 2000, RCSCC OAKVILLE held its 1st Annual Inspection and celebrated another victory. We continue this tradition in the hope that OAKVILLE will continue to uphold the fine maritime traditions of our community.
The Officers & Staff of RCSCC Oakville
Lt (N) S. Crawford CD
Lt (N) M. King CD
NCdt C. Zoes
NCdt S. Marcellus
CI V. Fu
CV Lt(N) (retired) K. Tu
CI J. DelOlmo
Welcome Remarks from Commanding Officer
Lt (N) S. Crawford CD
I want to welcome all new boys and girls to RCSCC Oakville; you have chosen to join the largest youth organization in the country numbering nearly 60 thousand Cadets. Please understand that you are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, but you are the most precious treasure this country possesses. The government of Canada as well as the Canadian Armed Forces acknowledge this and that is the purpose of this program.
Cadets Canada has been designed to provide adventure training in a military atmosphere to provide you with skills you will need throughout life. These skills will assist you getting into college or university, getting a job as well as navigating your way through life. The first life skill is that you will only get out of this program from what you put into it.
Sea Cadets offers you the opportunity to meet new friends from various countries and ways of life, many of these friends will become lifelong pals. You will have the opportunity to go to one of 22 Cadet Training Centres during the summer, you will be paid weekly while attending and learning what course you have chosen. Opportunities will occur for you to go on tall ships and naval vessels in Vancouver, there also chances to go on international exchanges to England, Australia, Germany, South Korea and the Caribbean to name a few. If you choose, when your 16 you can apply to be an instructor at a training centre and receive over 4 thousand dollars while teaching sailing, drill etc.
Safety of Cadets is paramount to the Canadian Armed Forces, with that said; we will not tolerate any form of bullying, sexism or racism. Additionally, each of the Naval Officers is a paid reserve member of the Royal Canadian Navy and have been vetted and checked to ensure their compatibility for dealing with Cadets; Civilian Instructors are vetted in the same matter.
Finally you will be completing your volunteer hours helping various community organizations throughout Oakville. All this provided, at no cost to your parents. The program is free.
So let’s have fun and enjoy everything that Sea Cadets can offer you.