Posted by The Maritime Administration
As a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point ’79), Admiral Buzby understands the benefits of receiving a well-rounded maritime education because of the role that our commercial mariners play in our country’s security and overall economic success. In our global economy driven by trade through seaports, it is vital to educate and train our future maritime leaders. Our nation’s economic growth is dependent on the skills that we teach our mariners who protect our country’s marine borders and protect American interests around the globe.
The U.S. military relies on U.S. flag vessels crewed by U.S. civilian mariners. In times of need, including humanitarian crises and natural disasters, America's commercial fleet and mariners provide sealift capacity to move troops and cargoes - sometimes at a moment’s notice. During Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, over 95 percent of all military ocean-borne cargoes were moved on U.S.-flag vessels and government-owned sealift vessels crewed by U.S. citizen mariners. Our ports move more than two billion tons of freight every year, and our marine highways transport vital bulk cargoes and connect our domestic energy supply. By preparing the next generation with the maritime skills and knowledge they need, we are building a solid foundation to continue supporting our economy and defending our nation.
Our maritime academies nationwide support the growth and defense of our country. Schools like Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School in Cleveland, Ohio equip their students to play a crucial role in supporting the growth and defense of our country. Visit the Maritime Administration’s Video Theater to see the Ready Reserve Force and America’s Marine Transportation System in action.
Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby speaks with students and staff at Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School in Cleveland, Ohio.