Family Day On Vandegrift

Story by Ensign Krysten Warren

SAN DIEGO –Sailors aboard USS Vandegrift (FFG-48) hosted a Family Day Cruise to show wives, children, parents and friends ship life first hand during a May 11 underway.

The transit to Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach provided a key opportunity for family and friends to gain insight into the daily lives and duties of a crewman.

“This was the perfect chance for our families to see what we do and how experienced this crew is. We wanted to give the Sailors the opportunity to be at work and be with their parents or children at the same time, showing them what we do,” said Operations Officer, Lt. Stacy Wuthier.

Family members arrived as early as the Sailors did for a fun filled day of events, which included breakfast, a tour of San Diego Harbor, a discussion about shipboard firefighting and weapons onboard and a chance to observe the crew during an intense Sea and Anchor evolution.

“I am so thrilled to actually see my dad at work! He loves this job and so far I can see why,” said Command Master Chief (SW/CC) Jeff Baldie’s son.

Family and friends received a certificate of participation and souvenir picture of the ship as a parting gift before their return to Naval Base San Diego.