San Diego – San Diego’s 29th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) continued today with the commencement of volleyball, football, soccer, softball, racquetball, and basketball tournaments; the inaugural swimming competition; and the visual communications, lathe, and welding contests.
Swimming, a new addition to the 2010 event lineup, attracted athletes from over 20 commands.
“Swimming in Surface Line Week is definitely a morale booster,” said swimmer Yeoman Third Class Jason Rynkiewicz of USS Boxer (LHD 4). “The whole event is a huge character building session. It’s great for all the commands fleet-wide to get together and engage in some friendly competition.”
From the pool to the gym, participants expressed excitement at competing in their chosen events.
"It's exciting that the Navy has taken a round-turn on physical fitness and promoting activities like SLW,” said Navy Counselor First Class David Day of USS Thach (FFG 43), who competed as part of his command’s volleyball team. “It's exciting to see the enthusiastic support from all the commands present. SLW is all about bringing us together not only as a ship but also as a Navy."
With over 3,000 Sailors from over 35 commands participating in 38 professional and athletic events throughout the week, this year’s SLW is the biggest yet.
“The spirit of teamwork and camaraderie that is the hallmark of Surface Line Week shows even among the event coordinators,” said Surface Force Pacific Fleet Lt. Linda Hoffman, overall Surface Line Week Coordinator. “Today’s events would not have been such a success without the time and energy of the support staff.”
Surface Line Week, a ten-day contest sponsored by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP), will run through Aug 20. This marquee event features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of seamanship and sporting events. SLW will conclude with an awards ceremony on Friday, followed by the annual Surface Warrior Ball on Saturday.
For more information on SLW events, please contact the CNSP Public Affairs office at 619-437-2735. View Surface Line Week event photos, video coverage, and more at www.surfaceforces.surfor.navy.mil or follow the Surface Force at www.facebook.com/surfacewarriors.