USS GARY, At Sea - San Diego-based frigate USS Gary (FFG 51) celebrated its first holiday of the deployment with ghosts, ghouls, and goblins running about the deck plates, Oct. 31.
Even with only a few resources and supplies, the crew of USS Gary was able to put together their very best costumes to enter in its first annual Halloween "Best Costume" contest. The contestants were competing for the following prizes: First place winner received $100 off any hotel of their choice during a port visit. Second place winner received a no-shave chit for the entire deployment, and third place winner won $20 off any Morale, Warfare and Recreation tour.
"It's not every day that you can dress as the executive officer of your ship," said Quartermaster 3rd Class Riley Passini, who won first place.
The second place winner, Quarter Master 3rd Class Alvin Braswell, dressed up as the senior chief boatswain's mate. "I had a good time, and I enjoyed the fact that I was able to boost the morale of the crew with my impersonation," said Braswell.
In third place was Lt. j.g. Jessica Chase, who was able to convince the wardroom to lend her bits and pieces of their uniform for her costume in order to become the one and only "super" surface warfare officer.
"It wasn't about the prize that made me dress up, it was about being able to have fun especially when we're underway," said Chase.
After the costume contest, the crew celebrated the rest of their Halloween with ice cream, pop corn, and horror films.