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100709-N-3090M-192 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboat
Gallant (NA 24) crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy
(USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron prepares to moor at the Mystic
River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training
option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation,
life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass
Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

US NAVAL ACADEMY SAILING SQUADRON ARRIVES IN MYSTIC

GROTON, Conn. - The U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron arrived in Mystic today on a four-day visit to the area.

Four NA-44 sailboats crewed by midshipmen arrived at Mystic River Park, concluding a nonstop, 300-nautical mile sail from Annapolis, Md.  They later berthed at Mystic Seaport, where they are scheduled to remain until departing July 12.

The NA-44's were welcomed by water fountains from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Auxiliary and Mystic Fire Department vessels.  Local families and a Mystic hotel will provide lodging for the crews and their skippers. Highlights of the visit include a picnic, a tour of a Virginia-class attack submarine at Submarine Base New London, and other social events.

Weekend visitors to Mystic Seaport, which charges an admission fee, are welcome to tour a USNA offshore sailing vessel from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday on the Seaport grounds, and to meet the midshipmen who crew them. There is no additional charge for the tour. Mystic Seaport will offer a discount on admission this weekend to military personnel with a valid military ID.

The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. Third-class midshipmen (beginning their second year at the academy) have the opportunity to be crew members, while first-class and second-class midshipmen serve as skippers or executive officers.

The Naval Academy provides a four-year undergraduate education for 4,400 midshipmen to prepare them to be professional officers in the naval service.  Upon graduation, midshipmen are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and receive a commission either as an ensign in the U.S. Navy or a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, where they serve at least five years as leaders of Sailors and Marines.  

More information about the Naval Academy is available at www.usna.edu

 

 

100709-N-3090M-159 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The Mystic Fire department vessel Mystic 1 sprays water as the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron arrives. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-169 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboat Gallant (NA 24) crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron transits the Mystic River. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-184 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboat Gallant (NA 24) crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron prepares to moor at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-201 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboat Gallant (NA 24) crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron prepares to moor at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-207 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – Midshipmen aboard the NA-44 sailboat Gallant (NA 24) from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron place buoys to protect the vessel as the boat moors at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-235 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboats crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron are moored at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-237 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboats crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron are moored at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-255 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The NA-44 sailboats crewed by midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron are moored at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

 

100709-N-3090M-261 MYSTIC, Conn. (July 9, 2010) – The crews of the NA-44 sailboats in the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron stand in ranks during a welcoming ceremony at the Mystic River park. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

100710-N-3090M-009 GROTON, Conn. (July 10, 2010) - Midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron and their host families stand on the brow of Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) following a tour of the boat. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.

 

100710-N-3090M-009 GROTON, Conn. (July 10, 2010) - Midshipmen from the U. S. Naval Academy (USNA) Offshore Sail Training Squadron stand on the brow of Virginia-class submarine USS North Carolina (SSN 777) following a tour of the boat. The Offshore Sail Training Squadron is a summer training option for midshipmen that exposes them to seamanship and navigation, life on the sea, and small-unit leadership. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers.