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#024-16 Naval Academy Plebes Participate in "Sea Trials"

  POSTED ON: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 9:39 AM by

NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: This event is a great opportunity for journalists, photographers and videographers to obtain imagery and conduct short interviews for military-style training. Please call the Public Affairs office at (410) 293-2292 by 4 p.m. Monday, May 16, if you wish to cover this event. The event will be open for media from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

This event is NOT open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Various locations throughout the Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity Annapolis

WHAT: The Naval Academy freshman class will endure 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges during the annual Sea Trials training exercise as part of the culmination of their plebe (freshman) year.   Sea Trials is modeled after the Marine Corps’ Crucible and the Navy’s Battle Stations recruit programs. It is a “capstone” event for the fourth class midshipmen (freshmen or “plebes”) and serves as a leadership opportunity for the Naval Academy upper class who lead the event.  Sea Trials provides a final physical and mental challenge to the plebes, designed to test their teamwork and to reinforce their bonds as a company and class.

Sea Trials events will include emergency re-supply, shore defense, combat fitness test, military operations, damage control (pipe patching and fire hose handling), aquatics challenges and endurance, water tactics, hill assault, two-mile regimental run, ground fight, stretcher relay, land navigation, survival skills, athletic combine, tug of war, endurance course, obstacle course, pugil stick jousting, riverine operations, rucksack run and casualty evacuation.


  • Time: 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. – Other arrangements available upon request.
  • Location: Vehicles/Driving and Pedestrians - Gate 1 parking lot (King George and Randall Streets). Public Affairs staff will be at the gate to direct you to parking and event check-in. Your vehicle will not be permitted access to the yard without a public affairs representative present. Please arrive within the allotted check-in time.
  • Once checked in you will receive a Naval Academy representative who will take you to the various locations of the event.


  • This event is a great opportunity for journalists, photographers and videographers. It is an excellent opportunity to obtain imagery of military-style physical and mental training of midshipmen. Sea Trials settings are extremely conducive to action photography and video coverage.
  • Be prepared for mobile coverage of this event due to the wide-spread area of events on the Naval Academy and Naval Support Activity grounds.
  • Your coverage of the event will be on a not-to-interfere basis. You may be able to interview midshipmen during the event if they have a few seconds to spare, but please keep in mind their number one priority is to complete Sea Trials with their teammates. You will have a public affairs guide who will be provided for your assistance throughout your time on the grounds.
  • Events will occur outdoors in a variety of settings, to include muddy and wooded areas. Please dress accordingly.

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