ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — It’s a big night for some seniors at the U.S. Naval Academy.

About 280 seniors who will be surface warfare officers when they graduate are scheduled to choose the ships where they will first serve during a ceremony Thursday night in Annapolis.

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It’s known as Ship Selection Night at the academy.

The annual ceremony represents a major milestone for midshipmen before they join the fleet after graduation and commissioning.

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Midshipmen are allowed to make their choice by order of merit.

That takes into account academic performance, physical fitness scores and professional performance.

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