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Naval Academy Plebes Participate in Rigorous "Sea Trials"

Posted on: April 12, 2013 08:00 EDT

Press Release #: 025-13

NOTE TO EDITORS AND REPORTERS: Please call the Public Affairs office at (410) 293-2292 by 4 p.m. Monday, May 13 if you wish to cover this event.  The event will be open for media coverage from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.  This event is NOT open to the public.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Naval Academy freshman class will endure 14 hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges during the Academy’s annual Sea Trials training exercise, Tuesday, May 14 as part of the culmination of their plebe (freshman) year.  This event is NOT open to the public.

This event is an excellent opportunity to obtain imagery of military-style physical and mental training of midshipmen.

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 challenge for the upper class.  Sea Trials is led by Academy upper class and 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.

At the end of Sea Trials, the company of plebes who demonstrated the top unit performance through endurance and spirit during the entire course will be recognized with the “Iron Company” award during a brief presentation.  

Sea Trials events will take place at various locations throughout the Yard and Naval Support Activity Annapolis and include emergency re-supply, shore defense, Spartan relay, combat fitness test, military operations on urban terrain, damage control (pipe patching and fire hose handling), underwater events, aquatics challenges and endurance, water tactics, hill assault, two-mile regimental run, ground fight, stretcher relay, land navigation, survival skills, simulated bridge defense and demolition, paintball, endurance course, obstacle course, pugil stick jousting, riverine operations, rucksack run and casualty evacuation.

Sea Trials is open for media coverage 9 a.m.-1p.m., May 14.  Media check-in time is 8:30- 8:45 a.m. at Gate 1 (King George and Randall Streets) with a mandatory media brief at 9 a.m.  Sea Trials settings are extremely conducive to action photography and video coverage.

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