Park selects ship assignment

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Navy Midshipman Daniel Park recently selected his first ship assignment during a Ship Selection ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy.

Park, a 2010 graduate of Woodland Regional High School, is the son of Youngwon and Haejeong Park of Beacon Falls. He is scheduled to report to USS Truxtun.

Ship Selection is the culmination of the service assignment process for Naval Academy midshipmen designated to serve as commissioned Navy Surface Warfare Officers upon graduation. As Navy Surface Warfare Officers, these midshipmen may be in charge of any number of shipboard operations and activities while at sea, and are trained extensively to maintain and operate Navy ships, their crews and their systems.

For the selection process, midshipmen are placed in order by their overall order of merit, which is their cumulative class rank based on academic, military and physical standings within their class. The options available to the midshipmen for selection include a variety of Navy ships, such as destroyers and frigates, based out of homeports worldwide. Midshipmen are only permitted to choose from the selection still available at the time their name is called.  

The Naval Academy class of 2014 will graduate May 23 and report for duty aboard their selected ships soon after.

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