31 May '12, 12am

Singaporean is first foreigner to be tops at US naval academy , beating 1,099 American and foreign cadets

Singaporean is first foreigner to be tops at US naval academy , beating 1,099 American and foreign cadets

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta congratulating Lieutenant Sam Tan Wei Shen at the USNA Graduation and Commissioning ceremony in Annapolis on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: US DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent Naval officer Sam Tan Wei Shen won top honours at the prestigious United States Naval Academy (USNA), beating 1,099 American and foreign cadets. Lieutenant Tan, 24, is the first-ever foreigner to top a batch of naval cadets in the academy's history. The naval officer is part of a cohort that included 14 cadets from 12 countries, including Pakistan, Taiwan and Romania. Speaking to The Straits Times last night from his hotel in Maryland's Annapolis city in the US, Lt Tan said: 'I was surprised because the guys I was training with were Navy Seals and some were even going to be astronauts. To be training with the best and brightest, and still come up tops ...

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