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See below for the latest stories on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and its midshipmen.

Merchant Mariner Shortage Has Gotten Worse, but a Partial Solution Is Available 

In 2018, I testified as part of a panel of military leaders who gave the House Armed Services Committee the concerning news that the nation did not have enough licensed merchant marine officers to sustain movement…

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China’s Fleet Strength Stresses Value of USMMA Pipeline for SSO Force 

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Meet the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2026 

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The Importance of the U.S. Military Sealift 

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Looking Back to Move Forward: Celebrating Women Mariners on National Maritime Day 

In a year in which much attention is rightly being paid to improving the shipboard workplace environment for women, it’s easy to lose sight of the many…

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Our Military Sealift Success Depends on Qualified Mariners. Where are They? 

Russia’s failure to secure and maintain its Ukrainian supply lines will be a topic of exhaustive study for generations of future historians…

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Midshipman X – Candid Interview With A Merchant Marine Academy Leader 

We recently had a chat with Jim Tobin, President, and CEO of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation (AAF) about the latest Midshipman X controversy concerning the sexual assault of students interning as cadets during the US Merchant Marine Academy’s Sea Year…

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Cargo Ships, Climate Change and a Can-Do Approach 

The daunting challenges of the maritime industry as it contends with climate change will arguably be the most important we have ever faced…

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America’s merchant mariners are unsung heroes, then and now 

Over the past 15 months, as the world has confronted COVID-19, the United States has been forced to question the fundamental assumptions that underpin our economic and military strength…

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National Maritime Day: A Year to Remember and a Day to Look Forward 

On National Maritime Day, in addition to honoring mariner heroes from 1776 forward, I also like to reflect on the significant challenges that the merchant marine faced during the preceding 12 months…

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