For midshipmen graduating from the United States Naval Academy, their first warship assignment marks an important turning point at the beginning of their careers. The U.S. Navy makes this moment a major event, holding a Ship Selection "draft", and Naval Attaché Capt. Takuro "Rocky" Koroki was on hand last week in Annapolis to celebrate the surface warfare midshipmen who chose Japan for their first tour.
"It was a great moment when the first midshipman who picked a Japan-based ship picked the USS Chancellorsville out of Yokosuka, and the entire hall broke into a standing ovation for her," remarked Capt. Koroki. "I truly felt the fundamental strength of the Japan-US Alliance in that moment, and hope all of the elite sailors who will be stationed in Japan will have a chance to make that Alliance even stronger!" You can watch a replay of the event here; skip to 34:44 on the recording to see it for yourself!
A total of 36 midshipmen, 22 men and 14 women, picked ships based in Japan for their first posting during the Ship Selection event, which gives midshipmen a chance to choose in order based on their class ranking.