USS Lake Champlain
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Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 3rd Class Konstantin Toropin fights with Ensign Scott Chilman for control of the ball during the USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) Operations vs. Engineering Captain’ Cup soccer match. (U.S. Navy photo by Electronics Technician 2nd Class Timothy Lee)
USS Lake Champlain Departments Compete for Captain’s Cup 
By Ensign Michael V. Schiavone, USS Lake Champlain Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO - The crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) wrapped up a week of intense inter-department competition known as the Captain’s Cup, April 11.
A weeklong event aimed to foster teamwork within departments and promote camaraderie within the entire crew, the Captain’s Cup competition was enjoyed by all hands.
The week consisted of 13 sporting events including flag football, soccer, softball, bowling, golf and many others.
At a command picnic that served as the final event, Capt. Christopher K. Barnes, Lake Champlain’s commanding officer, told the crew that events such as the Captain’s Cup are a well deserved break from the stress of shipboard work and a reminder of the teamwork and cooperation required to accomplish the Navy’s mission.
“I can’t stress enough how impressed I was with the participation and effort that the crew put forth in all of the events,” said Ensign Stephan Geiss, this year’s Captain’s Cup coordinator. “The week couldn’t have run any smoother as far as every department being ready to play their evens.”
Geiss said the ship’s weapons department was off to a fast start by placing first in the first two events of flag football and dodge ball.
“Engineering made a good showing in golf and track winning both of those events,” said Geiss. “Combat systems was the sleeper, waiting until late in the week to take home most of their points winning soccer, softball and tug-o-war.”
Geiss said that the competition between departments was very high, but in the end it was executive department that brought home the cup.
“Executive was pretty consistent through the week placing in the top three in most of the events,” said Geiss.
Lake Champlain will be traveling to Hawaii later this summer and last week’s Captain’s Cup was exactly the warm up the crew needed for the sporting events that will take place as part of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific exercise.
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