United States Merchant Marine Academy
The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) ) is charged with producing officers who are the most important element in a productive merchant fleet and a strong transportation industry. USMMA graduates men and women with a Bachelor of Science Degree who are intelligent, dedicated, well-educated and competent to the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry. Midshipmen are trained in navigation, ship's administration, maritime law, personnel management, international law, customs, electrical and mechanical systems, and overall, running large ships.
The Academy represents Federal involvement in maritime training that is more than a century old. Since the administration of President Ulysses S. Grant, the U.S. Government has initiated various programs to train its citizens for service in the merchant marine. The United States Merchant Marine Academy, dedicated in 1943, represents the realization of these efforts. The Academy has since grown in stature and has become one of the world's foremost institutions in the field of maritime education. Under the helm of newly inducted Rear Admiral Helis, the mission continues to educate and graduate licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character who serve America's marine transportation and defense needs in war and peace.
|Location||Kings Point, Long Island, NY|
|School Colors||Blue and gray|
|Founded||1942, dedicated in 1943 by FDR|
|Motto||Acta Non Verba: Deeds Not Words|
|Notable Alumni||Albert J. Herberger, Skip Prosser, Mark Kelly|
|Notable Facts||First academy to admit women in 1974
Academy is part of the U.S. Dept of Transportation
Only academy to carry a regimental battle standard with the colors