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A Return to Sea Control

PACIFIC OCEAN (July 19, 2016) USS Coronado (LCS 4), an Independence-variant littoral combat ship, launches the first over-the-horizon missile engagement using a Harpoon Block 1C missile. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Bryce Hadley/Released)

By Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden Commander, Naval Surface Forces Speaking from the flight deck of USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63) in 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the crew of the carrier and stated, “Any country which wishes to protect its security and the security of those allied with it …

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U.S. Naval Academy’s 2016 Ship Selection Night

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Jan. 29, 2015) U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman 1st Class Michael Lemonick chooses the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) for his first assignment during Ship Selection Night in Mahan Hall. 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 and commissioning, they will be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Wilkes/Released)

It’s a big night for approximately 250 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen in the Class of 2016 who will serve as surface warfare officers (SWOs) upon graduation and commissioning. They’ll pick their first ship and homeport during the academy’s annual Ship Selection Night, which you can watch below. It’s scheduled to start tonight (Jan. 28) …

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