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Reenlistment ceremony aboard the USS Arizona memorial. (Official U.S. Navy file photo.)
USS PREBLE (DDG 88) “Surfs into Hawaii” for her first Port Visit of 2013 
By Ensign Darren Settle, USS Preble Public Affairs 
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The guided missile destroyer USS PREBLE (DDG 88) arrived in Pearl Harbor April 25 for the first port visit of her 2013 deployment to the 7th Fleet area of operations.

The brief visit provided PREBLE sailors and embarked airmen from HSL-49 det 4 a chance to explore the rich culture and history of the island of Oahu before departing to conduct integrated operations with allies and partners in the Western Pacific.
PREBLE sailors participated in various activities held during her brief visit. On her first day inport, three PREBLE sailors were afforded the opportunity to reenlist aboard the USS Arizona memorial for a ceremony held exclusively for PREBLE sailors.
In potentially the last reenlistment of his career, Fire Controlman First Class Michael Montivirdi stated that “it was an honor to be able to reenlist at such a historical place.” Petty Officer Montivirdi was sworn in by PREBLE’s Executive Officer, Commander Robert Bryans.
PREBLE sailors also had the opportunity to lend a helping hand to the Hawaiian community by volunteering aboard the USS MISSOURI to provide upkeep for the historical vessel. Volunteers sanded the teak wood decks of the “Mighty Mo” in order to preserve the vessel most known for being the site of Japan’s surrender to the United States and its allies during World War II.

“It felt great to help restore such a huge part of American military history. Being able to work on the decks where sailors worked and fought throughout the ships many years of naval service is a humbling experience,” said Fire Controlman First Class Matthew MacEachern.
On the final day of her port visit to Pearl Harbor, PREBLE’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation team held a softball tournament for sailors aboard USS PREBLE.

The tournament kicked off the “Captain’s Cup”, a shipboard competition composed of teams representing the different paygrades onboard. The “Captain’s Cup” is aimed to promote the spirit and pride among the ship’s crew through various sporting events and competitive activities that will be held throughout deployment.

In the last round of the softball tournament, PREBLE’s officers lost to the E-4 and below in an absolute nail biter. With a final score of 12-9, PREBLE’s E-4 and below team has kicked off the Captain’s Cup with a strong showing, demonstrating their thirst to take home the trophy at the end of deployment.

Full of eager and mission fit sailors ready for their call of duty, PREBLE looks forward to continue its travel to the 7th Fleet AOR to carry out the rest of her deployment.
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