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

Crew of MV Green Lake Saves Seven in Fire Aboard Car Carrier Sincerity Ace 

The officers and crew of the MV GREEN LAKE saved seven members of the crew of the SINCERITY ACE, a car carrier which caught fire in extreme weather conditions some 1,800 nm from Oahu…

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In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Merchant Marine Academy 

Seventy-five years ago, on Sept. 30, 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy declaring, “The Academy serves the Merchant Marine as West Point serves the Army and Annapolis serves the Navy.” The President knew the Merchant Marine was critical to turning the tide and America’s eventual victory…

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Our Turn: Dave and Sue Collins: An unsung academy no more 

Susan and Dave Collins, parents of first class midshipman David Collins ‘19, discuss the value of USMMA to the Nation and their family and thank Senator Jack Reed RI for his nomination…

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Independent View: US Merchant Marine should be commended 

This month, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will celebrate its 75th year of service to our national security. Sometimes called the “forgotten fifth” service academy because the “name brand” schools – i.e., West Point and the Naval Academy – attract headlines, in our family, the USMMA stands as proud and tall as its sister academies…

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The US armed forces have a mobility problem 

To win a war, you need to be able to show up. I don’t mean just being present. I’m talking about large-scale military deployments — the sort that would be necessary to respond to North Korean or Iranian aggression, or to fight alongside…

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Forgotten Heroes of The Revolutionary War 

The Merchant Marine’s role in U.S. military history dates back to 1775, and merchant mariners have played a key role in every major U.S. conflict since. Prior to declaring independence, the 13 Colonies had established a small 31-ship navy…

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USNS Trenton Transfers Rescued Mariners 

The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport USNS Trenton (T-EPF 5) with ship-master Susan Orsini, a graduate of the USMMA, conducted a rescue at sea for 41 people off the coast of the island of Lampedusa, Italy.

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Commencement Address by Secretary Mattis at U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis delivers the 2018 commencement address to graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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Chesapeake’s Chesney Completes U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sea Year 

“No other school will put you in the middle of America’s trade and wartime efforts,” says Midshipman Chesney.

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National Maritime Day: Remembering our Past, Focusing on our Future 

On May 22, six days before Memorial Day, many Americans will quietly observe National Maritime Day, a day set aside 85 years ago by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to acknowledge the importance of our merchant fleet and remember mariners who died in service to our nation.

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