Eastern Pacific Ocean
– Sailors from the USS Gary (FFG 51) participate in the first ever USS Gary Memorial Day Triathlon. Maintaining fitness becomes more challenging at sea and a triathlon mid-deployment gives Sailors a tangible goal to work toward. The GARY’s crew has already taken on a 250 and 500 mile run challenge, a 1,000 mile bike challenge, and a “Biggest Loser” contest for the duration of deployment.
The Memorial Day Triathlon consisted of a 175 yd. open ocean swim, 10k bike ride, and 4k run. The events proved challenging under the heat of the equatorial sun. Running against the sway of a rocking ship was certainly the most difficult portion of the event. Afterward, a swim call with 84 degree water served as a natural hot tub to stretch muscles out after the long day’s trials. The day closed out with a steel beach picnic to replenish the athletes and prepare the crew to carry on for the next day of operations.
USS Gary has been deployed for four months in support of Counter Narcotic Operations in the 4th Fleet Area of Respnsibility (AOR). Her crew is already responsible for the successful interdiction over 34 Million dollars worth of cocaine.