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Building the Bridges of Tomorrow

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Oct. 11, 2012) - Founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, the United States Naval Academy started as the Naval School on 10 acres of old Fort Severn in Annapolis. As the undergraduate college of the naval service, the U.S. Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen “morally, mentally, and physically.” Upon graduation, Midshipmen are commissioned as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge)(RELEASED by U.S. Naval Academy Public Affairs)

By Midn. 2/c Melissa D. Boughton U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2015 The women who crossed the stage and received their diplomas from the U.S. Naval Academy in May 1980, looked out upon a different landscape, a different environment, and a world far different from the view at this year’s …

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Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Stoddert

Secretary of the Navy Benjamin F. Stoddert

By Dr. Randy Papadopoulos Navy Secretariat Historian In 1798, a war in Europe threatened American ships around the world with capture, and French representatives offered to negotiate safe passage only if the U.S. government paid them bribes first. American envoys rejected the corrupt invitation, but a French warship escalated the …

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