Faces of the Naval Academy Essay Contest First Honorable Mention
A “Form One,” according to the book of naval signals, is a formation of ships at sea maneuvering in a column, where one vessel follows behind another, taking its appointed place and sailing in the wake of the warship just ahead. The long gray hulls are a beautiful sight, gliding one after another through the churning sea, creating a stirring example of the timeless power and grace of the naval service under way. But the Form One also is a striking symbol of another sort. It perfectly evokes the faces of the Naval Academy, that long line of men and women, one following another, who serve their country so well both afloat and ashore.