Wrestling Superstar Mick Foley Visits USS New Orleans 
By Ensign Patrick Kappel, USS New Orleans (LPD 18) Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO – USS New Orleans (LPD 18) took a break from their busy schedule to give professional wrestler Mick Foley, also known as Mankind, a tour of the ship July 25.

Hosting Foley was a welcomed break for the Sailors aboard who have been working long hours in preparation for upcoming inspections, including their Final Contract Trials.

During his visit to LPD 18, Foley took time to meet Sailors aboard the ship, sign autographs, pose for photos and speak with the crew members about their experiences in the Navy. He also thanked Sailors he met throughout the day for the sacrifices they make everyday for our country.

Foley was taken on a tour of San Diego’s newest amphibious ship by Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Jeffrey Kozlik. Foley asked many questions on the tour directed towards the daily routine and quality of life for the Sailors on board.

Visiting New Orleans was a unique experience for Foley since he has only visited a guided-missile destroyer in the past. He was genuinely impressed with the changes made to berthing spaces that give Sailors a little more room and provide more comfort.

“I was certainly impressed by my tour of the New Orleans,” said Foley. “I think that I have learned a valuable lesson in the importance of organization and cleanliness -- a lesson which I will surely impart upon my children.”
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