Peleliu Finishes 3rd at Surface Line Week 
Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, Peleliu Public Affairs 
SAN DIEGO – Sailors from amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) participated in Surface Line Week (SLW) to take third in the week-long competition involving professional and athletic events, Aug. 1-9.
SLW is designed to showcase team and individual talents from personnel of various ships and commands on Naval Base San Diego, as well as to learn new skills.
“I fully support Surface Line Week because of the camaraderie it builds between our Sailors, the friendly competition between the ships and the opportunity it gives our Sailors to let loose a bit,” said Capt. John D. Deehr, Peleliu’s commanding officer.
Peleliu placed third overall in the large deck category with amphibious assault ships USS Essex (LHD 2) and USS Makin Island (LHD 8).
Professional events included welding/cutting, marksmanship, seamanship, culinary skills, damage control, rescue swimming and lathe.
In those events Peleliu’s Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Jonathan Connor took home second place for rescue swimming, Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Robert Adair placed third in the lathing competition and Hull Technician 2nd Class Kain Flores came in third in the welding/cutting competition.
Athletic events included basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, dodgeball, swimming to name a few.
Peleliu teams finished in first place for softball and bowling and second place in basketball and flag football.
“We were excited to come away with the championship for the ship,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Justin Smith, coach of the Peleliu’s softball team. “A couple of the other teams gave us a run for our money but we worked hard and came out victorious.”
Surface Line Week concluded with the Surface Warrior Ball, Aug. 10.
“I’m really proud of all the Sailors that participated in all the events this week,” said Deehr. “They worked really hard on and off the ship and they gave their all, not just for themselves or their teams, but for the entire ship.”
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