USNA | Boats of the Squadron

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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 four 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:

 
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