ANNAPOLIS, Md. (NNS) -- Two hundred, forty-four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) midshipmen selected the ships they will serve on after graduation during Ship Selection Night Jan. 26 in Alumni Hall.
During Ship Selection, midshipmen first class assigned to the surface warfare officer (SWO) community choose their first ship and homeport.
"For SWO selects, this is the single biggest moment of their time at USNA other than commissioning," said Lt. Nick Driscoll, Ship Selection coordinator for 2017. "This is a unique opportunity for these midshipmen to hand-select their ship and homeport. From now on, their time in the Navy will be spent putting in preferences and crossing their fingers that they get what they requested."
The midshipmen Overall Order of Merit is used to organize the order for selection. The factors which go into Overall Order of Merit include each midshipman's academic, military, and athletic performance.
"No matter what ship everyone chooses, we are all here to support the overall mission of sea control," said Midshipman 1st Class Jacob Wirz, who made the night's first selection of guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) homeported in Rota, Spain. "It's a great, fun-filled night, but this is just the beginning. We are still continuing to prepare and train for the challenges we will face when we arrive at the ships we've chosen."
Senior leaders from the surface warfare community -- including Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command Adm. Philip S. Davidson and Commander of Naval Surface Forces Vice Adm. Thomas S. Rowden -- joined representatives from fleet ships around the world in welcoming the midshipmen first class into the SWO community.