USS HALSEY, At Sea - Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97) took time off from their Western Pacific deployment for a steel beach picnic, Dec. 18.
Halsey leadership gave the crew a day to enjoy the sun, eat barbecued foods and listen to music aboard the flight deck.
"It gives Sailors the chance to unwind, relax and interact in a home-like environment," said USS Halsey Command Master Chief Jose Caballero. "It's also a great morale booster that we all need once in a while."
Sailors played football and hackey sack while enjoying the steel beach picnic with their shipmates.
"It's fun to take a break and get outside to enjoy barbecue, music and football with my second family aboard Halsey," said Gas Turbine System Technician (Mechanical) Fireman Alexziedave Narciso. "Being able to hang out and just relax for a few hours with my buddies is a great morale boost. We all see each other at work every day, but the steel beach picnic gives you a chance to just be yourself and have fun."
Leadership aboard Halsey believes that events such as the steel beach picnic helps the crew stay prepared for the mission.
"It is important for the crew to take a break and come together in a casual setting," said Cmdr. Antoinette McCann, USS Halsey executive officer. "It helps us prepare for the missions ahead. When we're away from our friends and loved ones, events like this remind us that we are also a part of the Halsey family."
Halsey is deployed as a part of Carrier Strike Group 1 along with Nimitz-class aircraft- carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).