Helena, Mont. Businesses, Mayor Send Holiday Treats to Namesake Submarine Sailors
KITTERY, Maine - Standing duty is nothing new to the submarine force. Standing duty on Christmas Day, however, can be a tough job, but someone has to man the watch. For the duty section of USS Helena (SSN 725) at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Dec. 25th, the tough draw of Christmas Day duty was offset by gifts from a business in their namesake city.
- The Parrot Confectionary of Helena sent to the crew several boxes of special chocolates, which were opened by the duty section on Christmas Day. In addition to the boxes of chocolates, the Mayor's office in Helena included chocolate covered Huckleberry cordials and jalapeno beef jerky. The Vanilla Bean Bakery of Helena, Mont., had previously sent about 20 special loaves of holiday bread for the crew to enjoy in December. These tasty treats brought smiles to the faces of the duty section personnel.
- Helena, a Los Angeles-class submarine named for the people of Montana's capital city, arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Sept. 2009 for an Engineered Overhaul. Commissioned on July 11, 1987, Helena is on pace for a return to sea in this Spring. Her motto is "Proud and Fearless."
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