San Diego – As the 29th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) competition continues, Afloat Training Group San Diego (ATG SD) is working hard to defend their title as the reigning overall champions of the medium-size command category.
Known across the waterfront for the rigorous training and assessment standards, members of ATG share that they enjoy interacting with commands during SLW that they already know well from training evolutions.
“Coming out and playing with people who you normally assess makes the competition more fun because it’s a more relaxed atmosphere that promotes teamwork and camaraderie,” says Boatswain’s Mate First Class Marcos Rojas.
“It’s our job to make sure the waterfront is properly trained and Sailors are proficient in the necessary skills to head to sea,” echoes Sonar Technician Chief Petty Officer Lawrence Law. “But on the field or on the court, we’re just like everybody else, trying to do our best and enjoy the competition.”
With today’s solid victory against the USS Preble (DDG 88) on the softball diamond, ATG SD continues its quest for the softball championship pending the rest of today’s tournament results. The ATG SD volleyball team smoked yesterday’s competition, and is scheduled for the tournament play-offs starting Wednesday morning. The command football team is also making a strong showing, and has high hopes of continuing in the tournament. According to Rojas, members of ATG SD’s seamanship assessment team will be hosting the SLW seamanship event which will include challenges such as knot tying, boatswain’s mate pipe calls and a heaving line toss.
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.
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