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Naval Science


The U.S. Navy and America’s merchant marine have shared a close, mutually supportive relationship since the Revolutionary War. Today, that relationship is especially vital as merchant ships carry critical raw materials and other necessary cargoes, while naval ships ensure safe and open sea lanes for our nation’s ocean commerce.

Graduates of the Academy are appointed as ensigns in the U.S. Navy Reserve, unless they apply and are accepted for active duty service in the Navy or one of the other U.S. Armed Forces.

Our Goals

The goal of the Department of Naval Science is to support the mission of the United States Merchant Marine Academy by providing graduates with the academic, professional, and ethical tools needed to reach their potential as commissioned officers in the U.S. Armed Forces, government servants, and responsible citizens.

The curriculum focuses on the skills and knowledge graduates will need to serve as officers in the United States Navy Reserve. All midshipmen take courses on the Strategic Sealift Officer Program as well as Leadership and Ethics.

Task Force One Navy

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), stated Mission One for every Sailor (active and reserve, officer and enlisted, uniformed and civilian) is the operational readiness of today’s Navy. Part of that readiness, as members of the profession of arms, is holding ourselves to high ideals of integrity and service.

Our Sailors are our asymmetric advantage in a complex and changing environment. Optimizing our Navy Team’s performance requires a deep understanding of the Culture of Excellence (COE) - a Navy-wide approach focused on enhancing our Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

Our COE drives the understanding that when Sailors feel included, respected and empowered, they are mission ready, able to deter aggression and maintain freedom of the seas. Mission readiness is stronger when diverse strengths are used and differing perspectives are applied. By embracing Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) in our day-to-day work and decisions at a fundamental level, we harness the creative power of our differences, putting forward actions and strategies that accelerate and enable our Navy’s warfighting advantage.

Task Force One Navy Final Report

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