Navy's pinning ceremony anchored in tradition

Chief selectees from USS Mahan sing "Anchors Away" as they march to their pinning ceremony held at the end of the pier in Norfolk, Va., on Sept. 13, 2013 .

Navy commands across the seas last week pinned about 4,600 sailors selected for E-7 to the rank of a chief petty officer.

The pinning ceremony is the culmination of a six-week intense training program to prepare selected sailors for their new responsibilities as senior noncommissioned officers.

In the Navy, the rank of E-7 carries unique and additional responsibilities and privileges that do not appear in print, but exist because of 200 years of naval heritage.

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