- After spending several weeks at sea without a port call, the Sailors aboard USS Princeton (CG 59) enjoyed a steel beach picnic Oct. 16.
“The Steel Beach Picnic was well received and helped boost morale for the Sailors,” said Capt. Richard Haidvogel, commanding officer of Princeton. “It is their hard work and effort which keeps free trade between countries open and active.”
It was this hard work that also earned them a day to just relax, BBQ, and watch a movie on the flight deck.
“Princeton has been working around the clock to deter piracy and investigate any suspicious activity,” said Haidvogel.
During the picnic, Sailors enjoyed hot dogs, burgers and fresh baked cookies. Following their lunches, the crew was able to smoke cigars on the fantail and play football.
The BBQ served as a way to rejuvenate the crew and help them focus for continued maritime security operations in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
“Steel beach picnics are good and help the crew come together after a hard week of work,” said Engineman Fireman Tashodra Rogers.
Princeton is part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established in January 2009 to conduct counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin. CTF 151 is currently commanded by Turkish Navy Rear Adm. Sinan Ertugrul.