Naval Academy Commissioning Week 2018

Your stop for everything Navy leading up to and during the 2018 Naval Academy Commissioning Week.

Naval Academy: President Trump tells graduating midshipmen: 'We are respected again'

Stressing what he called a renewed strength and respect in the country, President Donald Trump addressed the 1,042 graduating midshipmen along with family members and guests inside Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Friday.

An emotional day at the Naval Academy graduation

On the field at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Friday, a newly commissioned ensign in the Navy and a retired lieutenant commander embraced.

Jimmy DeButts: Naval Academy grads will forever carry a piece of Annapolis with them

Naval Academy graduates have a symbiotic relationship with Annapolis. It’s part of the reason many Navy veterans retire in Annapolis.

Pride, precision, power: Blue Angels wow spectators at Naval Academy

The Blue Angels, the Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, were in town performing as part of Commissioning Week at the school. This Friday the Class of 2018 will graduate at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Blue Angels Flight Demonstration 2018

The Blue Angels perform their annual U.S. Naval Academy Commissioning Week Flight Demonstration Wednesday over the Severn River in Annapolis.

Blue Angels Arrival and Rehearsal 2018

The Blue Angels arrive in Annapolis Tuesday morning and fly maneuvers to get acclimated to the area and conduct their afternoon practice session for Wednesday's show.

Naval Academy plebes scale the Herndon Monument

What’s 21 feet, covered in 50 pounds of vegetable shortening, and soon to be crawling with agile midshipmen looking to shed the name plebe? It’s the Herndon Monument where at 1:30 Monday afternoon the greasy ritual continues at the Yard.

Naval Academy Commissioning Week: How to watch the Blue Angels over Annapolis

The team of pilots inside six F/A-18 Hornets will roar, twist and turn in the sky during both a rehearsal Tuesday and an air show Wednesday afternoon. Hoping to catch the thrills? We've got the inside scoop on where to go and what to look for during the next few days.

Jimmy DeButts: Naval Academy's 'Grease Team' is Herndon Climb's true hero

A hearty thank you is reserved for the “grease team.” For the thousands of midshipmen whose classes replaced the plebe dixie cup cap with an upperclassman’s hat in less than 2 hours, 9 minutes and 35 seconds, the job the Herndon Monument prep squad did make them unsung heroes.

Naval Academy Commissioning Week: Herndon Monument climb is history

The Naval Academy Herndon Monument climb, which got underway at 1:30 p.m, is history. Midshipman Peter Rossi did the honors of replacing the Dixie cup atop the greased monument. The time: 2:09:35.

Naval Academy commandant follows his father's path

Robert Chadwick will attend graduation for the service academy next week. He is the commandant — the first time in the school's 172-year history a father and son have honored that role.

Naval Academy Sea Trials: 'Become one with the dirt'

On Tuesday freshman students at the Naval Academy spent 14 hours testing their physical and mental fitness during Sea Trials.

Presidential prep work: Annapolis plans for Trump before Naval Academy speech

President Donald Trump will speak to graduating midshipmen at the end of the Naval Academy's Commissioning Week. The city of Annapolis is in full preparation mode.

Naval Academy commissioning 2018 offers a weeklong schedule of events

Buckle up! The Naval Academy’s Commissioning Week is about to begin. It is a week of activities leading up to the Big Event the morning of May 25 at the Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Here's a look at the events open to the public on the Yard and beyond.

Smile like Sully: Edgewater boy's fight with cancer inspires Navy teams

Sully Shields, a 9-year-old Edgewater boy battling cancer, has built a special relationship with three Naval Academy athletic teams — including the women's lacrosse squad heading into the NCAA tournment Friday.

Long-delayed Naval Academy garage opens in time for Commissioning Week

The new Naval Academy garage has finally opened, ending a construction project delayed by problems that at one point required taking down the second floor.

Anne Arundel midshipmen look to graduation — and back on their experiences at USNA

This year’s local Naval Academy graduates hail from Annapolis, Arnold, Crofton, Edgewater, Millersville, Severna Park and Stevensville.

Sea Trials in black and white

Photojournalist Joshua McKerrow's black and white images from the 2018 Sea Trials, where midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy participate in the annual 14 hour physical challenge in Annapolis.

Sea Trials at the Naval Academy

Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy participate in the annual Sea Trials, a 14 hour physical challenge in Annapolis.

Faces of the Herndon Climb through the years

Struggle, determination and triumph can be seen on the faces of these plebes as they work together to complete their final task - climbing the greased Herndon Monument. Here's a look back at some of the best faces and moments of previous years' Herndon Climb.

Blue Angels in Annapolis during Commissioning Week

Commissioning Week is an exciting time to be in Annapolis to celebrate the graduating class of the United States Naval Academy.  We take a look back 50 of the best photographs of the elite Blue Angels flight demonstrations in Annapolis of past graduations.  The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy's Flight Demonstration Squadron and fly a team of six Navy F/A-18 Hornets and a C-130 Hercules. Experience the skilled flight demonstrations again this year, May 21 (rehearsal)  May 22 (demonstration) and May 24 (graduation) 2019.

Local "Firsties" - United States Naval Academy, Class of 2018

Home-Grown locals from Maryland, United States Naval Academy Graduating Class of 2018 - “MD Firsties." (In alphabetical order)