On Friday evening 23 January at the Hyatt Regency Newport the Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) Battalion was introduced to an age old military tradition – the Dining-In. The tradition, which traces its roots all the way back to the Roman Legions, involves a grand banquet and fellowship to honor the accomplishments of the unit.
Today’s Dining-In ceremonies follow customs and rules handed down from the Royal Navy.
MC’s presided over the event and ensured all rules were observed and violations received appropriate penalties – a hearty drink of grog(BBQ sauce, pigs feet, chicken fat, hot sauce onions and other mystery ingredients).
The guest of honor was VADM Ted Carter, Superintendent, U.S. Naval Academy, who addressed the battalion following an excellent dinner provided by the Hyatt staff.
The Dining-In event is a key part of the ten month NAPS experience as it exposes the midshipman candidates to the heritage and tradition which has shaped the Navy.