Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks to the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Vice President Joe Biden delivered the commencement address to the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy. At the beginning of his remarks, he remembered midshipman Justin Zemser who was killed in the deadly Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment. "Justin was a top student, gifted athlete, remembered as a young man of quiet strength and a man of his word. He would have made a great Navy Seal," Biden said. Newly commissioned officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps tossed their midshipmen covers in the air at the end of the graduation ceremony. The class of 2015 graduated 1,070 new officers, 167 of whom are women who were commissioned as Navy Ensigns. The graduation came just days after the U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced a number of sweeping changes aimed at creating a more flexible and healthy work environment, and convincing more women to stay in the Navy longer. The changes, some of which require approval by Congress, include scrapping some online training, adopting gender-neutral job standards, new uni-sex uniforms, expanded hours for daycare centers and fitness centers on bases, and more opportunities for sailors and Marines to take time off for school or other reasons without ruining their careers. Mabus said he also planned to revamp the Navy's system of twice-a-year "pass-fail" fitness tests and adopt more spot checks and measures aimed at evaluating "health, not shape."