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The New Class of YP Craft

The Naval Academy's fleet of Yard Patrol Craft (YP's) is used to provide Midshipmen with hands-on training in seamanship, navigation, naval tactics, communications, naval phraseology and standard procedures. The training provided onboard the YPs is an initial step towards achievement of the Officer of the Deck Qualification and ultimately, Command at Sea upon arrival in the Fleet.

Right now the YP Squadron consists of two different crews or "Pennants". Each Pennant has a staff of Midshipmen assigned to it, these Midshipmen are responsible for conducting the operations of the Squadron onboard their respective craft. The staff of a Pennant generally consists of the following:

This crew is sent out for training on the United States Naval Academy's newest class of YP, the 703 class. Featuring an updated bridge with full integration between the navigation and shiphandling team, updated electronics throughout the ship, and more realistic shiphandling for the Conning Officer, the new YPs provide the YP Squadron with unprecedented access to training as close to real warship-handling as a midshipman can get on a daily basis.

YP Squadron

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