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THE UNITED STATES NAVAL...
THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, founded in 1845 in an old Army fort, is truly one of the most remarkable and memorable places in the world. The Academy is especially enthralling during “Plebe” summer, when 1200 freshmen, selected from 10,000 applicants, begin their education at one of the most rigorous institutions in the world.
The student body, or Brigade of Midshipmen, numbers about 4,000. The mids are instructed by a 600-plus member faculty roughly split between civilians and military officers. After completing a four-year course of study, midshipmen serve a minimum of five years as a Navy or Marine Corps officer.
More than a million visitors come to the academy each year. Popular spots include the Naval Academy Museum, packed with academy lore, exquisite model ships and mementos of American naval history. The grand Navy Chapel is the architectural centerpiece of The Yard, as the academy is called. John Paul Jones of “Damn the torpedoes;Full speed ahead.” fame is the United States' first naval hero and buried in the crypt beneath this sanctuary. This chapel is constantly booked for Navy weddings during the available weekends.
Several parts of Bancroft Hall, one of the world's largest dormitories, are open to the public. Memorial Hall contains several Rolls of Honor, including lists of academy grads who were killed in action or who won the Medal of Honor.
My favorite part of the campus was seeing the room where my old high school friend and Academy grad, Doug Philipp, was busted his senior year for grilled cheese sandwiches. to other Mids during exams. Doug and three other buddies, using pilfered bread and cheese, made contraband sandwiches and sold them to classmates until an envious middie ratted them out. Spoiled sport. When confronted by a ranking officer and asked where they got the ingredients, Doug promptly said, “Sir. We took the food from the Galley, Sir!”
Never, no matter what the consequence, lie when in the United States Navy. Or anywhere else, for that matter. Death before dishonor has real meaning in that institution. Doug did not make the roll of honor for the grilled cheese sandwiches. He did command the USS Trepang, SSN674 later on, however. Great guy and still rates as one of my favorite friends of all time.
Visitors in cars enter via Gate 1 at the corner of Randall Street and King George Street. Drivers will be briefly halted by a Marine guard, then allowed to park in one of the nearby lots inside the academy.
During fall and spring, the brigade holds a lunchtime formation about 12:10 p.m. weekdays in Tecumseh Court in front of Bancroft Hall. There is also a unique pre-graduation exercise climbing the greased statue of Tecumseh. Pure bedlam until someone finally reaches the top.
For more information, call the academy's public affairs office at (410) 293-2291.
AROUND THE NAVAL ACADEMY
LOTS TO SEE ON THE BEAUTIFUL CAMPUS AT ANNAPOLIS. We have been on the Air Force campus and Army as well, but Navy is our favorite academy to see.
Photos attached show a few of the sights.
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US Naval Academy
Founded in 1845, this has served ever since as the main training ground for naval officers in the US.
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The Academy is where Navy & Marine Corps Midshipmen attend for four years to become officers. It has been opened since 1845.
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The Ram- Navy's Mascot
The Mascot for the Navy is the Ram. A real Ram actually comes out with the team during the Football Games, and it is well known throughout the city......there is even restaurants called Ram's Head.
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