USS INGRAHAM, At Sea - Sailors aboard USS Ingraham (FFG 61) rang in the New Year Dec. 31 with a two-day at sea celebration while deployed in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Panama.
On the last day of 2011, Ingraham Sailors had the chance to celebrate with activities provided by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department, Second Class Petty Officers Association, First Class Petty Officers mess, Chief Petty Officers (CPO) mess, and Wardroom. 'Nacho Night', 'Bingo Night' and a karaoke competition were some of the events Sailors participated in during the evening's celebration. For dinner, Sailors had what was always served on Saturday nights, pizza and chicken wings, the Sailors' favorite meal of the week.
"It is great when you see everyone come together to relax, enjoy some downtime and have some fun," said Senior Chief Information Systems Technician Shane Cardon, USS Ingraham Command Senior Chief. "From the Second Class Petty Officers Association, First Class mess, CPO mess, Wardroom and Sailors all around the ship, all played a part in making the New Year's celebration a little more like home away from home."
On the first day of 2012, the celebration continued with a CPO mess-sponsored 'steel beach' picnic where the chiefs cooked barbecue and teriyaki chicken, Mahi Mahi, salmon and burgers. The commanding officer authorized 'Fish Call,' allowing Sailors to fish off the side of the ship, resulting in one Sailor catching a tuna nearly two feet long. The tuna was immediately cleaned, filleted and grilled for the crew to enjoy.
"The entire crew was able to help celebrate the new year on board Ingraham," said Cmdr. Kristin Stengel, USS Ingraham Commanding Officer. "From bingo to nachos on the mess decks and karaoke and cigars on the flight deck on New Year's Eve, to a 'steel beach' picnic and 'fish call' on New Year's Day, there were plenty of opportunities for Sailors to take a break from the daily routine and enjoy themselves."
Homeported in Everett, Wash., Ingraham is on a five-month deployment in the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) area of responsibility in support of Combating Transnational Organized Crime (C-TOC) operations.
U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) supports U.S. Southern Command joint and combined full-spectrum military operations by providing principally sea-based, forward presence to ensure freedom of maneuver in the maritime domain, to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners and to fully exploit the sea as maneuver space in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central and South American regions.