Plebe No More
A look at how the Naval Academy builds teamwork in first year midshipmen.
The Naval Academy Class of 2016 completed 14 continuous hours of rigorous physical and mental challenges, May 14, during the academy's annual "Sea Trials" training exercise.
Sea Trials is a capstone event for the freshman "plebe" midshipman modeled after the Marine Corps' "Crucible" and the Navy's "Battle Stations" recruit programs.
Taking place throughout the Academy grounds and Naval Support Activity Annapolis, events included a variety of physical challenges that simulate situations Navy and Marine officers might encounter in the fleet such as shore defense, damage control, land navigation, survival skills, simulated bridge defense and demolition, casualty evacuation and a two-mile regimental run.
The overall exercise was designed to test the plebes' teamwork and reinforce their bonds as a company and class, while also providing a leadership challenge for the upper-class midshipmen who led each station.
The company of plebes who demonstrated the top unit performance through endurance and spirit during Sea Trials will be recognized with the Iron Company award.