Four years ago, the members of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2018 chose the path of honor, courage and commitment to serve the nation and defend the American flag, President Donald J. Trump said during his graduation address in Annapolis, Maryland, today.
The class of 1,042 students also received their commissions today as ensigns in the Navy or as second lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
“You have earned your place in that ancient league of sailors and shipmates, captains and commanders, warriors and mariners, and Marines,” the president said. “America is in your heart, the ocean is in your soul and the salt water runs through your veins. The word ‘impossible’ does not exist.”
The graduating class now comprises military leaders in the most powerful force on the face of the planet — the United States military, the president said.
Each new officer inherits the legacies of the Navy heroes who came before them, Trump said, from a living history passed down from generation to generation. “Each of you will make your own mark on the Navy, the Marine Corps, the military and the history of our great nation,” he said.
Among the Navy and Marine Corps graduates today will be 283 aviators, 134 submariners, 256 surface warfare officers, 70 restricted line officers and 15 explosive ordnance…