SAN DIEGO – Naval Surface Forces’ (SURFOR) concluded the 27th Annual Surface Line Week (SLW) Aug. 22 with a picnic and awards ceremony at Naval Base San Diego.
More than 36 sea and shore commands from SURFOR and Navy Region Southwest competed in various professional and sporting events designed for Sailors to express and strengthen their camaraderie and teamwork.
Professional events included cake decorating, a damage control marathon, a medical first aid and stretcher race, seamanship, welding, a chili cook-off, valve packing, and others events that required Sailors to use their shipboard skills. Athletic events included basketball, tug of war, soccer, tennis, volleyball, softball, dodgeball, racquet ball and weightlifting.
“Competing in the ship handling professional competition was a fantastic opportunity for me, as a surface warfare officer (SWO), to become more advanced in this specific skill while, at the same time, having fun with it by competing against fellow SWOs,” said Lt. j.g. Andrew Petry from USS Kidd (DDG 100) .
Competing in the athletic volleyball event, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Sailor Airman Aviation Boatswains Mate Fuel Annais Jarry said she enjoyed her time away from the ship to bond with shipmates within the San Diego region.
Surface Line Week Coordinator Lt. Emily Uhl said “There were over 2000 participants in this year’s Surface Line Week. With all that participation, the overall competition scores ended up being so close to each other.”
The events concluded with a group picnic and an awards ceremony where Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, awarded trophies and plaques to the winning commands and congratulated all Sailors on a job well done.
“I appreciate what the Sailors do on a daily basis,” said Curtis. “We all work hard and make sacrifices, but we can also get together and have fun.”
Overall winners in the professional events category were Pre-commissioning Unit (PCU) Independence (LCS 2) for small command, USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) for medium command, and USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) for large command.
Athletic event winners were Naval Surface Forces for small command, USS Kidd (DDG 100) for medium command, and USS Cleveland (LPD 7) for large command.