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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (left) and Yale President Richard Levin arrive Thursday to sign an agreement to establish the Naval ROTC's formal presence at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The ROTC unit at Yale will be the Navy's only ROTC unit in Connecticut. (Associated Press)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (left) and Yale President Richard Levin arrive Thursday to sign an agreement to establish the Naval ROTC's formal presence at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The ROTC unit at Yale will be the Navy's only ROTC unit in Connecticut. (Associated Press)

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