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

Dwindling Merchant Marine fleet crimps U.S. ability to wage war 

The once-mighty U.S. Merchant Marine fleet has nearly collapsed under the weight of high labor costs, zigzagging federal policies and intense competition from abroad, damaging America’s position as the only country in the world able to supply and sustain a long-distance war.

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Rear Adm. Mark Buzby: MARAD chief says organization more focused on national security 

When Federal News Radio last spoke to Maritime Administrator Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, he had just taken over the position. His first order of business was dealing with a detailed report on MARAD prepared by the National Academy of Public Administration.

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A Solution to the U.S. Navy’s Training Problem 

“U. S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Midshipmen have different training requirements than others. Located in Kings Point, New York, this smaller, lesser known federal academy requires its students to spend a full year of their undergraduate education at sea on an operational ship.”

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Houston Ship Pilots Receive IMO Bravery at Sea Award, Global Shipping’s Highest Honor for Bravery 

“Two Houston Ship Pilots who risked their lives to bring a burning ship to safety and prevented a major maritime disaster on the Houston Ship Channel have been presented with the International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, the highest honor for bravery at sea in global maritime industry.”

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Profile: Jennifer Boykin, Newport News Shipbuilding President 

“Boykin became president of Newport News Shipbuilding this summer, capping a steady climb that began when she reapplied at the shipyard one year after that initial rejection. At 53, she commands the only U.S. shipyard that makes nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and one of two yards that manufacture nuclear-powered submarines.”

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Preserving a Great Public-Private Partnership 

“One of the greatest P3s in U.S. history is probably the least known. It’s a program that pairs commercial shipping companies with the federal government to train U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) midshipmen, preparing them for careers in national security or U.S. trade.”

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A Pilot Pioneer 

“For some, the Chesapeake is a tantalizing view from an office window. For others, the waterway represents a livelihood. For the lucky and dedicated, like Maryland Pilot Alison Buckler, the Bay is at once an office, a passion and an opportunity to blaze a trail (dare we say create a wake?).”

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Local student proud to attend U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 

“I am proud beyond words to say that I was accepted to the Academy, one of the most respected, rigorous academic institutions in the country. As I approach my senior year, it is my hope these words will inspire other high school seniors to consider an education at the one of the service academies.”

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Our maritime industry is too important to ignore 

“The United States is the world’s commercial superpower. We are the largest importer and second-largest exporter of merchandise. In 2015, American exports of merchandise abroad totaled over $1.5 trillion. Seaborne trade represents an enormous share of this activity: In 2016, over $475 billion worth of American exports were transported overseas by ship.”

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Make the Maritime Industry Great Again 

“No sector reflects the urgent need to invest in human capital more than the maritime industry. Responsible for transporting cargo in times of peace — and troops and materiel in times of war — the U.S. merchant marine has carved out critical roles in the country’s economic and national security operations.”

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