One of the most applicable things that the plebes learn over plebe summer is navigation. Each plebe company is taken onto a yard patrol boat and taught the basics of how it is run and navigated at sea. Check out these pictures of the plebes from November company!
Over Plebe Summer each of the plebe companies go through sailing classes where they learn and practice the tasks that go into sailing a vessel. Check out these pictures of India company out on the boats!
During plebe summer, the plebes are taken too the obstacle course where they must go through each obstacle to build their strength and confidence.The Obstacle Course (OC) provides a variety of obstacles which challenge and test dexterity, strength, agility,
and coordination. The first run is an
introduction/ orientation run of the course and the
second run is a timed evaluation. Regimental Operations
ensures boat transportation to and from the OC. Plebes
must bring a full canteen to the course. Check out these pictures of the plebes from India company.
One of the most crucial aspects of being a capable mariner is damage control. Echo and Lima Companies spent a few hours out in the hot Annapolis sun understanding the basics of damage control. Exercises include water pipe patching and fireman relay races in full gear. By the end of each exercise, the Plebes understand that the most important aspect of damage control is teamwork!
Check out our Delta Company Plebes dominating the confidence course! The Plebes' morning begins with a hardy breakfast followed by a safety brief before tackling the course. The confidence course is designed to push the Plebes past their individual comfort zones in order to better prepare them for the next 4 years of pushing their minds and bodies to new heights. They start by jumping onto a cargo net, and then move their way up thin wires to the heights of telephone poles, followed by quick zip-line back to the ground. Don't look down!!!
First parade for the Class of 2022 and it looks like they are getting the hang of all this training! (Well, mostly 😄.) Great to see all of the proud families here who came to cheer them on. #plebesummer #usna2022 🇺🇸💙⚓️💛🇺🇸
If you missed this one, the next plebe parade is scheduled for next Friday, July 20, also at 9:30am.
Have you seen any of our YPs out on the Atlantic this summer? MIDN 1/C Marion Bautista (22nd Co) sent us these photos from her Atlantic Professional Afloat Training (LANTPAT) cruise on a YP. These midshipmen loaded up and stopped in Baltimore and Philly on their way to NYC.
Here is some info about LANTPAT cruises:
LANTPAT has been a staple of USNA summer training for over 30 years and provides midshipmen with small unit leadership experience in the maritime environment. Four 1/C MIDN serve as the CO, XO, Assistant Navigator, and SUPPO and lead up to 28, 2/C and 3/C Midshipmen under the supervision of two officers and one senior enlisted Craftmaster (CM) per craft.
LANTPAT forms a cohesive training continuum that accomplishes multiple Professional Core Competencies (PCCs) by taking the skill sets developed in the classroom during their respective Seamanship & Navigation courses and applying them at sea in a dynamic environment.
As part of an LREC to the maritime continent, these midshipmen and their faculty representative are in Surabaya, Indonesia and were warmly welcomed by the Governor of the Indonesian Naval Academy, a two-Star admiral. The USNA contingent took a tour of the facilities to include their bridge simulator, engine test rooms, dormitory, and sports facilities and had a wonderful opportunity to engage with the Indonesian cadets.
Included are MIDN 1/C Rachel Lee of 1st Compnay, 1/C Charles Oestreich of 19th Company, 2/C Jessica Mazzeo of 24th Company, and 2/C Ian Myers of 17th Company, who were led by Faculty Representative, Assistant Prof. Brad Barrett of the Oceanography Department.
They will have two more weeks to spend time in that region, heading to Kuala Lumpur and ending up in Singapore before returning home.
Photo Credit- Brad Barrett
Check out Midshipman First Class Colin Gallacher (27th Co.) of Mesa, Ariz., performing the National Anthem at the Washington Nationals MLB game this weekend! Way to go, Colin! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks-wT6M2_Mk&feature=share
Our Midshipmen are still busy travelling the world! Six Midshipmen in particular flew to Bon dia Cape Verde at the request of its Prime Minister, the Honorable José Ulisses de Pina Correia e Silva Bon dia.
2/C AJ Femmer, 2/C Cadie Higginson, 2/C Danika Kahatapitiya, 1/C Rosemary Brinegar, 2/C Adrien Inman, and 1/C Evanne Gellert spent 10 days immersing themselves in the Cape Verde culture, including interactions with locals, political figures, and community service at a local school. Check out their full article here!
One of USNA's summer training opportunities is a week-long hiking trip at Rocky Mountain National Park. The days consist of high-energy, challenging outdoor activities including rock climbing, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and a multi-day backpacking trek to a 14,000 foot peak. Check out these pictures from Natalie Schieuer of 19th company from her experience!
The USNA Class of 2022 has completed a full week of Plebe Summer, just about five weeks to go! The heat and humidity certainly gave them a warm welcome to Annapolis and we are making sure everyone stays hydrated out there during training. We hope the Class of 2022 parents are adjusting as well as the plebes, and we would like to encourage you to reach out to the parents groups offered through the Alumni Association for additional support and "inside" information from parents who have been there. We'll post more pictures as the summer goes on!
Who can say they have explored the icy terrain of Alaska? Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Michael P. Wegner of 11th Company can!
During his internship to Utqiagvik, Alaska, Michael and 5 other interns conducted research with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center. The mission of the ADAC is to improve situational awareness and crisis response capabilities related to maritime challenges posed by the dynamic Arctic environment. (Photos by MIDN Wegner)
Midshipman 2nd Class (junior) Michael Boyson and Midshipman 2nd Class Lucas Figi learned first-hand about the effects of chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS) gas (better known as “tear gas”) during their last week of PROTRAMID.
The gas masks they are wearing are the same ones issued to Marines in the fleet and the purpose of this training is to learn about the effects of CS gas in a controlled monitored environment and how it is implemented in the real world. Before the midshipmen go into the gas chamber they have to run for half a mile with gas masks on to replicate the stress of fighting in the field during a stressful environment.
We've said goodbye to our USNA Summer STEM campers for the year but always look forward to more fun next summer!
The Summer STEM Program is an overnight academic program designed for rising 9th-11th grade students in good academic standing, who have a keen interest in math and science. Applications typically open in late winter.
The Naval Academy family extends its deepest condolences to our paper The Capital Gazette. #CapitalGazette
Here’s a view of Virginia Beach most people don’t get to see. Midshipman 2nd Class (junior) Nathaniel Blount flies over Virginia Beach in a T-34 for summer training.
The Capital Gazette is our local newspaper and is often the first to tell our story. We are grieving with their staff and loved ones after the tragic events that occurred today.
Good Morning and welcome to Induction Day for the Class of 2022! We expect to meet 1,211 future leaders today and they will wind through over 20 steps of in-processing here before heading into Bancroft Hall.
We’ll post photos and more here (and checkout our Instagram page, too!), but in the meantime, we’d love to hear about your favorite I-Day memory as a plebe or a parent. Tell us in the comments below!
The Naval Academy's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Center hosted it's annual Girls Tech Camp last week. Girls Tech Camp is a week-long summer day camp and includes design challenges and competitions, team building, hands-on activities, tours of labs and research areas, and networking with professional female scientists and engineers. The STEM Center hosts a number of STEM events just for middle-school age girls throughout the year.
What was your favorite STEM subject?
Four Midshipmen and Naval Academy cyber professor LCDR Joseph Hatfield attended the interment ceremony of Stephen Hawking at Westminster Abbey during their recent Language Proficiency, Regional Expertise, Cultural Awareness (LREC) trip to Europe.