During Ship Selection, first class midshipmen assigned to the surface warfare officer (SWO) community choose their first ship and homeport.
The midshipmen Overall Order of Merit is used to organize the order for selection. The factors that 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 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.”
“Give it everything you’ve got,” said Rowden. “The men and women you will be leading will look to you for guidance. The Naval Academy has given you the best training and the best foundation you can be provided. You have all the tools in your tool kit to do the best you can at your job.”
“I’m beyond excited I was able to select the ship I wanted,” said Young. “USS America is deploying in July, and I’m excited to get there and try to make a positive impact on the crew.”
After choosing their ships, future junior officers continue to hone and develop their leadership and professional knowledge to prepare for their first duty assignments.
“I’m going to take a little time to be around my friends and classmates. It’s coming down to the last time we will all be together,” said Midshipman 1st Class Taylor Kipilli, who selected USS Port Royal (CG 73) out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “But I’m still honing my leadership skills so I can bring the best me to the ship when I get out there.
The Class of 2017 will graduate and receive their commissions May 26.