Midshipmen Ready for Ship Selection Night

Every year seniors at the U.S. Naval Academy come together for a ceremony known as Ship Selection Night. The ceremony marks a major milestone for the soon-to-be surface warfare officers, as they choose the ships where they will first serve once joining the fleet after graduation. The Midshipmen get to choose in order of merit, which takes into account academic performance, physical fitness scores and professional performance. This year’s ceremony will be streamed live at livestream.com/usnavy this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (EST). The following answers come from Midshipmen who are getting set to make their choice this week.   

Name: Jonathan Poole
Major:
Applied Mathematics
Hometown:
Yarmouth, Maine

What platform do you want to select and why?
I am drawn to the destroyer because of the small crew size and the versatility of the platform, so if all goes well, I will select a destroyer.

What homeport do you want to select and why?
I plan on selecting Everett, Wash., as my homeport. I think I am drawn to the Pacific Northwest because of the beauty and the people; I have heard nothing but good things. 

What led you to selecting the surface warfare community?
Having grown up on the water, I have always wanted to pursue a career in Surface Warfare. It is a great community and I cannot wait to join it. 

What do you look forward to doing as a SWO?
I think the things I look forward to the most are the leadership opportunities. We spend four years talking about leadership and practicing it, but we will not truly experience it until we get to the fleet. It is this that I truly cannot wait for.


Name: Jennifer Jones
Major:
Mechanical Engineering
Hometown:
Alexandria, Va.

What platform do you want to select and why?
I am looking at the destroyer platform.  I was attracted to this platform based on its wide variety of missions and capabilities. Ballistic missile defense and anti-piracy missions, there’s not much a destroyer can’t do.

What homeport do you want to select and why?
I would like a ship moving to Rota, Spain.  I am really excited about the possibility of living overseas and the fast-paced schedule of being forward deployed.

What led you to selecting the surface warfare community?
I chose to be SWO (Nuclear) because of the wide variety of jobs, experiences and travel opportunities the Surface Navy has to offer, as well as serving aboard a nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

What do you look forward to doing as a SWO?
I am really looking forward to taking charge of a division and applying the leadership training that the Naval Academy has given me.  I know I can go out to the fleet and make a difference immediately.


Name: Ryan Hagelin
Major:
Economics
Hometown:
Hamburg, N.Y.

What platform do you want to select and why?
I am most likely going to select a cruiser.  I would like to get on a CRUDES (Cruiser/Destroyer) platform with a smaller crew and greater sense of community than some of the large-deck ships.  The cruiser I am looking at should do some really exciting things over the next couple years.  

What homeport do you want to select and why?
I am most likely going to pick Norfolk, Va.  There are some great deployments that come out of Norfolk and, hopefully, I will be able to participate in them.

What led you to selecting the surface warfare community?
Out of all the service selections from the Naval Academy, SWO is the primary warfare community where graduates go to work at their jobs right away.  This means that after graduation, I will immediately be working in the fleet servicing my country as opposed to going to more school.

What do you look forward to doing as a SWO?
I look forward to directing a unit that contributes to overall mission effectiveness of the ship, and therefore greater effectiveness of the Navy in general.  These are the greatest men and women in the world and I look forward to actively leading a division to produce results that will allow the ship to carry out its mission.


If you could pick a ship, what would you choose?