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The U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 tosses their hats in the air as they graduate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a falling tree during his junior year, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (third from right) as he takes the stage to receive his diploma during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down by a falling tree during his junior year, shakes hands with Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (third from right) as he takes the stage to receive his diploma during graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks during the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta speaks during the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus (left) and Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta (second from left) stand on the main stage at the beginning of graduation ceremonies for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Graduation is held for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington)

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From left; Former Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., her husband Mark Kelly, and Roxanna Green, obscured, the mother of the nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green who was killed while attending the meeting of constituents when Giffords was shot, attend a ceremony at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, to unveil the USS Gabrielle Giffords. The Navy has named a ship for Gabrielle Giffords, the recently retired congresswoman from Arizona who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head received in January 2011. (AP Photo Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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The USS Enterprise is among a fleet of 11 carriers that the Navy maintains by law, but Pentagon budget cuts have the service talking behind the scenes of protecting only 10 for future missions, sources say. (Associated Press)

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Navy midshipmen and Army cadets had different reactions to a touchdown Navy scored Saturday during the first quarter. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** A man who is active-duty in the Navy, and only gave his name as Matt, wears a shirt being signed by others that reads "I survived D.A.D.T." (don't ask, don't tell) shortly before midnight during a celebration for the end of the policy on Sept. 19, 2011, in a bar in San Diego. (Associated Press)

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Virginia Beach residents Tom Hall (left) and Mark Janik (center) watch the news about the Navy SEAL Team 6 helicopter crash on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, in Virginia Beach, the headquarters of the elite Navy group, whose members captured Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Incoming U.S. Naval Academy students, or plebes, read their Reef Points booklets while waiting with their Navy-issued gear to head to their dormitory on Induction Day at the academy in Annapolis on Thursday, June 30, 2011. The Reef Points serve as an introduction to the Navy, and the plebes are expected to memorize all of the facts in the book. They are instructed to hold the books squarely in front of their face as they read them. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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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)

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Navy lacrosse coach Richie Meade (center) and then Navy assistant John Tillman (behind) guide the Navy lacrosse team from the sidelines. Tillman now is head coach at Maryland and he'll be facing his former team for the first time in a regular-season game Friday. "I still have a job to do. I owe it to my kids to put them in the best position to win. That's been my focus," he said. (Navy Athletics)

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From left, Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft of the Coast Guard, Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III of the Air Force, Vice Adm. Michael Vitale of the Navy, Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling of the Marine Corps, and Maj. Gen. Karl Horst of the Army throw out first pitches Thursday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Navy linebacker Aaron McCauley, tackling SMU wide receiver Cole Beasle last year, decided to leave the Navy program, creating one of the holes at outside linebacker. (Associated Press)

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Vice Adm. Scott Van Buskirk, commander of the U.S. 7th fleet in the Pacific, said China's "carrier killer" missile is not an "Achilles' heel of our aircraft carriers or our Navy." (Associated Press)