Surface Line Week 2009 Concludes
Surface Forces Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO – Surface Line Week 2009, a competition between Surface Forces Sailors in a variety of seamanship and sporting events, concluded with an awards ceremony and barbecue at Adm. Prout Field at Naval Base San Diego.
The annual week-long event is an opportunity for Sailors to share the spirit of Navy camaraderie and command pride with an emphasis on physical fitness.
Individual and team recognition was given for each event, as well as to overall winners in the small command and medium/large command categories. This year’s winner for best overall small command was Naval Surface Forces, and the winner of best overall medium/large command was Afloat Training Group (ATG).
"This has been a great week with plenty of excitement,” said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander Naval Surface Forces/Commander Naval Surfaces Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet. “The spirit of competition and camaraderie was amazing. It was wonderful to see so many of our commands participating in the various sporting and professional competitions. Our surface community pride was clearly on display."
More than 2,100 Sailors and officers from 37 different commands competed in professional events including shiphandling, welding, and medical stretcher-bearer races. They also competed in sporting events, including golf, basketball, and flag football. New categories this year included Guitar Hero and Madden Football, and the reintroduction of sailing.
“I started sailing full time at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Haney, Force Diversity Director, Naval Surface Forces, who competed in the sailing event. “It’s a sport I enjoy and wanted to be a part of. Sailing is inherent to the Navy, it is our origin. I can’t think of a more appropriate competition for a surface warrior.”
ATG Machinist’s Mate 1st Class (SW) David Derr, whose team took first place in the bowling competition, saw the event as a positive experience. “I think it brings out sportsmanship and morale,” he said. “It lets us get out and meet people and develop friendships with people from other commands. I think it makes us feel better about being in the Navy and provides some relief from life on a ship.”
The San Diego Chargers and Chargers Cheerleaders were on hand to help celebrate the conclusion of the week’s festivities. The football team played a practice game and the cheerleaders performed a routine and signed autographs for the Sailors and family members in attendance.