Maritime Academy Day

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Maritime Academy Day

Last Friday we hosted presidents from the state maritime academies, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and the Administrator of the U.S. Maritime Administration. The purpose of the day-long meeting was to provide an update on issues of mutual interest such as mariner employment outlook and hiring trends, and sexual assault prevention program actions.  In addition, we looked at the changing operational environment and discussed the skills and training that academy graduates will need in order to operate in the contested environment.

During our day with the academy presidents, we discussed our effort to “Bend the Curve” and the intense focus by MSC to adapt to the changing operational environment. We also talked about ways in which the academies could contribute to that effort as well as ideas for MSC to help the academies in producing resilient, adaptable, and innovative mariners.  We highlighted three areas that should be cultivated as we teach and mature student mariners, to include: developing leaders of winning teams, teaching skills to survive and prevail, and inciting a mindset of adaptability and creativity.



This outreach effort to the academies is aligned with the Voyage Plan pillar of Our Partners. Fostering relationships with the academies will mutually strengthen one another and assist in providing MSC a pipeline of skilled and trained mariners who will lead MSC into the future.

We have been reaching out to our partners in industry, the maritime unions, and at academic institutions to collectively address and solve common problems. Our partners expand our scope of operations by providing additional tools for our people and platforms to accomplish the mission.

I’ll close by extending my gratitude to our guests for contributing to the rich dialogue on ways MSC and maritime academies can adapt to the changing environment, and to the staff who prepared briefings and provided administrative support. Thank you for making this forum and exchange of ideas a success.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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