Avondale teen represents Sea Cadets in India

Vivian Dees

Vivian Dees

For two summers, Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer Vivian Dees of Avondale served as a United States host for international Sea Cadets traveling here, but now it’s her turn to leave the country. Dees, a member of NAS Jacksonville’s historic F.D. Roosevelt Naval Sea Cadet Squadron, is one of only three cadets selected to represent the U.S. at the International Sea Cadet Regatta in Mumbai, India. 

From Oct. 6-12, Dees will join cadets from around the world for the International Sea Cadet Association Regatta on Training Ship Jawahar in Mumbai, India. During the trip, Dees will take part visiting historic and cultural sites in and around Mumbai as well as interacting with the host sea cadets from India. Teams from each nation will also compete in a sailing, rowing and canoeing regatta.

“I’m honored and excited to be able to represent the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps at this event, but also my unit and its host, NAS Jacksonville,” said Dees, who was also selected to represent the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet International Exchange in a short film about the program. The film followed her experiences at the inbound exchange, where she served as a staff cadet host to sea cadets from seven countries. The video can be viewed at youtu.be/1lwAmMnuLuc.

Dees, Class of 2017 First Vice President of the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, plans to pursue a career in the Navy after high school. In the community, she volunteers for the Navy League, K-9s for Warriors, the Elks Lodge and the Riverside Avenue Children’s Arts Center.

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