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

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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Preserve the Merchant Marine Academy 

“By appointing Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation, President Donald Trump has sent a strong signal that maritime security — and the institutions that train our future leaders — is a serious priority.

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An Urgent Call To Let ‘Sea Year’ Help Maritime Security And American Labor 

“In 2016, the DOT suspended mission-critical training for future officers on commercial and naval vessels. The decision was done with little public comment, even though it has the potential to cause lasting damage to the maritime industry, a sector where economic and national security go hand in hand.”

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Protecting the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy for the next generation of women Mariners 

“The Academy trains the officers who command many of our commercial and naval vessels. It is a difficult job and we owe these men and women a debt of gratitude for their service.”

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