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Welcome Aboard!

Thank you for visiting our website. In 2005, Top Hatters Squadron was awarded the John J. Bergen Trophy for the most outstanding Naval Sea Cadet Corps Unit in the nation. We are proud of our history and hope that YOU, can forge our future! Our unit is located onboard Naval Station Norfolk which is the world's largest naval base! Our motto is, "Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Navy!"

Our Mission

Top Hatters Squadron shall provide a challenging and rewarding educational environment, closely aligned to our Nation’s sea-going services. Further we will instill in our Cadets a sense of pride, professionalism, and patriotism, enabling them to become responsible adults, upstanding citizens and our Armed Forces or Nation’s future leaders.


We were Commissioned on March 25, 1964, after our namesake VF-14, Top Hatters Squadron which was based at NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. They are the oldest commissioned squadron in the United States Navy, close to 90 years old. Likewise, we are one of the oldest Naval Sea Cadet Units in commission, being over 50 years old, so like our namesake our unit is steeped in tradition.