About Our Unit
Our unit is proud to be celebrating 50 years serving the youth of the Albany Capital District area as a commissioned United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps unit since 1965. Three years after Congress federally chartered the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps in 1962, our unit was formally commissioned as the “USS Albany Division” on 24 October 1965. The unit’s founder and first Commanding Officer was Commander William Richard Dunne, USN(Ret.), USNA Class of 1939. The unit drilled for 20 years as the Albany Division. In 1985 the unit was renamed the “Nicholas J. DeSalvo Division” and operated as such for an additional 19 years. In September 2004 we submitted a request to NHQ for a unit name change and officially became the “MAHAN Division” on 01 September 2004.The Mahan name was chosen to honor two of the U.S. Military’s most notable officers, Dennis Hart Mahan, USMA Class of 1824 and Alfred Thayer Mahan, USNA class of 1859.
In May of 2004, we received approval to form a U.S. Navy League Training Ship. The Training Ship Louis D. Liskin was established and attached to the MAHAN Division. Named in Honor of a World War II Army veteran, the TS Louis D. Liskin serves the younger members of our division, ages 10 thru 13.
U.S. Naval Sea Cadet and League Cadet Corps
The Naval Sea Cadet and League Cadet Corps are for American youth ages 10-17 who 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. The MAHAN Division is also proud to host a Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) Training Ship, the “Training Ship Louis D. Liskin”. The training ship is for young Americans ages 10-13 and drills alongside the MAHAN Division
Our cadets are instructed by both Sea Cadet Officers, active duty military and senior cadets through classroom and applied instruction in subjects such as basic seamanship, military drill, and leadership. Our unit also participates in Sea Cadet regional weekend competitions where units compete with each other to test their seamanship and military skills.