USNA Midshipmen Select First Ships

Two hundred and forty-three U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen selected the ships that they will serve on after graduation and commissioning during Ship Selection Night in Mahan Hall, Jan. 29.

Ship Selection is the culmination of the service assignment process for Naval Academy midshipmen assigned to serve as Navy Surface Warfare Officers. Upon reporting to their first ship after graduation, they will be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea.

Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, and 1982 graduate of USNA, welcomed the future surface warfare officers to the community and offered his insight into the future of the Navy and what the class can expect to experience in the Fleet.

After selecting a ship, each midshipman was greeted by Capt. Bill Byrne, Commandant of Midshipman, senior leaders from around the fleet, ship commanding officers, executive officers and command master chiefs.

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