USS GARY, At Sea
- After nearly two months at sea, the crew of the guided-missile frigate, USS Gary (FFG 51), paused from conducting Counter Transnational Organized Crime operations to celebrate Thanksgiving.
The day of celebration included games, filming an Army-Navy game film spot, swim call, and Thanksgiving dinner.
"It was a busy day for Culinary Specialists on Gary." said Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Timothy Beeson. "We have to work every holiday, but it is an honor to make the day a little more close to home even while we are far away."
Electrician Technician 1st Class Russell Shirk won $100 off a hotel stay after taking first place in a dominoes tournament.
"I just got lucky with the dominoes I had." said Russell. "I'm pretty sure BM1 threw the game because he wanted a duty day off."
Services were held aboard the ship to celebrate Thanksgiving and were followed by a brunch for the crew. After brunch the crew of GARY showed their Navy pride by filming a television Navy spirit spot submission for the Army vs. Navy football game to be played during the game Dec. 8.
"It's a great way to support my alma mater while on deployment, it's still a little disappointing not to be able to celebrate with all my good friends at PB Shore Club," said Lt. j.g. Bryan Holst, one of the Naval Academy graduates aboard the ship.
As part of the day of celebration, the crew was treated to their first swim call of the deployment and enjoyed the warm tropical waters of the Eastern Pacific.
"It was good clean fun," said Lt. Trevor Prophet, a pilot from Gary's helicopter detachment. I can't think of a better way to spend Thanksgiving than in the waters of the Eastern Pacific."
Festivities finished up with a screening of the new Batman movie shown on the mess decks.
Gary is homeported in San Diego, and is currently deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Operation Martillo and U.S. 4th Fleet's mission, Southern Seas 2012.
Operation Martillo is a U.S., European and Western Hemisphere partner nation effort targeting illicit trafficking routes in coastal waters along the Central American isthmus. U.S. military participation is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, a component of U.S. Southern Command.