Volunteer Cadet Corps

Formed over 100 years ago to keep sailors and Marines’ children out of mischief, the Volunteer Cadet Corps is said to have originated with a bored lad with questionable football skills and was set up to give the lad, and his friends, an alternative and more constructive way of passing the time.

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Wholly owned by the Royal Navy, the VCC has become a flourishing youth organisation of over 650 cadets, consisting of Royal Naval Cadets (RNC) and Royal Marines Cadets (RMC), across 10 units spanning the UK with the Headquarters based at HMS Excellent, Portsmouth.

The current VCC units are located at :

- HMS Excellent, Portsmouth (HQVCC, Royal Naval Cadets, Royal Marines Cadets and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Cadets, Portsmouth);
- HMS Collingwood,Fareham (Royal Naval Cadets);
- HMS Sultan, Gosport (Royal Naval Cadets);
- CTC RM, Lympstone (Royal Marines Cadets);
- RM Stonehouse, Plymouth (Royal Marines Cadets and the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Cadets, Plymouth);
- HMS Seahawk, RNAS Culdrose (Royal Naval Cadets) Opening February 2018; and
- RM Condor, Arbroath (Royal Marines Cadets) Opening Dec 2017.

The VCC is aiming to expand the organisation further with additional units across the country over the next few years.

The aim of the VCC is to provide opportunities for young people to develop into responsible, dependable and useful members of society, employing the traditions and practises of the Naval Service as the basis for their activities.

The VCC is open to any youngster aged between 9 and 18 and we accept applications for new recruits from anyone under the age of 16, where they enjoy training and competitions in military skills and sports while developing an awareness of community and service.

In addition to instruction in skills and sports, VCC cadets also get the chance to attend camps during school holidays and represent their units at major public events such as Remembrance Day ceremonies and commemorations.

For further information about the VCC please contact our HQ:

Lieutenant Colonel Terence Wing RMC (Commander VCC)
Headquarters VCC,
158 Building,
HMS Excellent,


Telephone: 023 9254 7495

Location Portsmouth

Headquarters/RNVCC/RMVCC/RM Band VCC
Address: Portsmouth VCC, Alamein Block, HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO2 8ER.
Telephone: 023 9254 7495


Location Plymouth

Address: Plymouth Division RMVCC, RM Stonehouse, Durnford Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3QS.
Telephone: 01752 836706


Location HMS Collingwood

Address: HMS Collingwood RNVCC, HMS Collingwood, Newgate Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1AS.
Telephone: 01329 332452


Location Arbroath

Address: Arbroath Division RMVCC, Royal Marines Condor, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 3SJ.


Location HMS Sultan

Address: HMS Sultan RNVCC, Fort Grange, HMS Sultan, Military Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3BY.
Telephone: 02392 54 2198


Location RNAS Culdrose

Address: HMS Seahawk RNVCC, RNAS Culdrose, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7RH.
Telephone: 023 9254 7495


Location CTCRM Lympstone

Address: Lympstone Division RMVCC, Commando Training Centre RM, Exmouth Road, Lympstone, Devon, EX8 5AR.



There are ten Volunteer Cadet Corps units across the United Kingdom

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