JUNE 10, 1854
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
The first class of students graduate from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Originally, a five year school (first and last spent at sea, the middle three years spent at the Academy)
As a result, the United States Navy has grown to become the most powerful navy in the world, with over 425,000 personnel (active and reserve) and 288 ships in active service (including 10 aircraft carriers) and 3700 aircraft.