Blue Angels surprise Annapolis with flyover for Naval Academy midshipmen commissioning

By SELENE SAN FELICE | The Capital | Published: May 20, 2020

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Tribune News Service) — The Navy Blue Angels flew over Annapolis in honor of the Naval Academy Class of 2020 in a surprise visit.

Each of their three passes paid tribute to the Class of 2020 and the academy’s commissioning tradition: the singing of “Navy Blue and Gold,” the graduation cap toss and a “salute to the strength and resilience demonstrated by the class of 2020, as they join the fleet as Navy and Marine Corps officers,” the academy said.

The academy reminded spectators in its announcement that the Yard was closed and to remain at safe distances from one another. 

The academy canceled its traditional commissioning week events for coronavirus precautions. The academy has been privately swearing-in midshipmen in groups of 200 before a video stream officially marks commissioning on Friday.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was to deliver the keynote address.

The Blue Angels could be seen over parts of Anne Arundel County earlier this month in a flyover of the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area as part of their tour of the country saluting essential workers.

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The Blue Angels fly over the U.S. Naval Academy for the academy’s graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in Annapolis, Maryland.