U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Hosts 2013 Graduation

MarineLink.com
Monday, June 17, 2013
Photo: USMMA

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) graduated 201 new maritime leaders as part of its Class of 2013 commencement ceremony. The keynote speaker, General William M. Fraser III, Commander, U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), gave the commencement address before a crowd of more than 2,000 including special guest U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, graduates, family members and representatives from the federal government, armed forces and maritime industry.  

“The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is an enormous asset to our nation, and I continue to be impressed by its graduates,” said Secretary LaHood.  “These young men and women are now prepared to support our nation’s economic and national security on the waterways. This Administration remains committed to equipping all who come here with the tools and training needed for a long and fulfilling career as merchant mariners.”

The congressionally-nominated graduates received a Bachelor of Science Degree and government-issued merchant marine officer license that will help ensure a steady stream of merchant marine officers to support the nation’s economic and security interests. 
“True leaders are built on integrity – you must always maintain the courage of your convictions. Built on that integrity you must maintain your desire, your discipline, your commitment and your willingness to make sacrifices,” said Fraser. “We recognize the great opportunity for positive change you will lead. As I look upon this audience, I know we are in good hands.”

This year’s graduates represent 37 states and the four foreign countries of South Korea, Malaysia, Republic of Panama and Singapore. USMMA graduates have the option of working in the seagoing merchant marine and transportation industry while enlisting in any armed force reserve unit or applying for active duty for five years.

“For over seven decades, the Academy has trained the next generation of leaders for careers at sea instilling in them the character to become leaders in the maritime industry, the military and their communities,” said Rear Admiral, James A. Helis, Ph.D., superintendent at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. “I am especially proud of these new maritime leaders knowing they will be able to transform any challenge to a triumph as they embark on a lifetime of service.”

Based on Academy estimates, 49 of the Class of 2013 graduates will serve as officers in active military duty and 141 will serve as officers in the reserves while sailing on U.S. flag vessels; 82 on deep sea vessels, 37 on-off supply vessels and 19 on inland waterway and towing vessels; two on international flag vessels with the remaining graduates now making their final decisions. 

www.usmma.edu
 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter May 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

US Navy Updated Zika Virus Infection Guidance

Navy Medicine released updated Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 121/16, May 26, communicating current information, travel precautions, and risk reduction

1,076 Graduate from U.S. Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy graduated 1,076 men and women at the annual graduation and commissioning ceremony May 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm.

Phoenix Express 2016 Concludes

Maritime forces from North Africa, Europe, and the United States concluded exercise Phoenix Express 2016 with closing ceremonies in Souda Bay, Greece May 27. Phoenix Express,

News

Deployment: The Transpacific Trade Steps Up To The Plate

In 2015, it was the Asia-Europe route which was the focus of changing deployment trends, says Clarksons Research.   This year, it is the Transpacific trade which

US Navy Updated Zika Virus Infection Guidance

Navy Medicine released updated Zika Virus Infection guidance in NAVADMIN 121/16, May 26, communicating current information, travel precautions, and risk reduction

CBP, AMO Unveils New Interceptor Vessel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and SAFE Boat International celebrated the unveiling of AMO’s newest coastal interceptor vessel (CIV) Thursday.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1805 sec (6 req/sec)