USS PELELIU, At Sea - Sailors and Marines aboard amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) competed in a pull-up challenge as part of the Campbell Cup tournament, Nov. 24.
The Campbell Cup is named after Col. Scott Campbell, commanding officer, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. It is an ongoing competition that consists of various events that test the participants' physical and mental abilities. The scores accumulate from each event with the most overall points to receive the trophy. The tournament competitipn is expected to last until the end of deployment.
Open to all ranks, Sailors and Marines participated in "The Ultimate Pull-Up Challenge" in the gym.
"This event gave us a chance to build bonds between the Navy and Marine Corps," said Religious Program Specialist 1st Class Edward Debaun, coordinator of the event. "People talk about Navy and Marine Corps teams integrating, but we are not just going to 'talk the talk,' we are going to 'walk the walk.' It's pretty awesome."
Nine seven-man teams completed as many pull-ups as possible in the ten minutes as spectators shouted words of encouragement to push them.
In the end, the 15th MEU Aviation Combat Element (ACE) team hoisted to victory with 525 pull-ups, securing 15 more points toward the Campbell Cup. In second, the Navy Supply team muscled 507 pull-ups for eight points with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Command Element cranking out 489 pull-ups to come in third place with five points.
"We watched the other groups go and came up with up a good technique, so we could cycle through quickly. It worked out well," said Capt. Joshua Wall, member of the 15th MEU ACE.
This contest brought units and divisions from different sections of the ship. The smell of sweat and chalk clouded the crowded gym with a shared sense of camaraderie.
"Even though we didn't win, we did our best and had fun doing it," said Lance Cpl. Lancaundous McBride, member of Battalion Landing Team Kilo Company.
Future Campbell Cup events scheduled include stationary bicycle, grappling and Pictionary.
The Command Element leads the current Campbell Cup standings, followed by Battalion Landing Team and rounding the podium in third, Peleliu's Chief's Mess.
Peleliu is the flagship for the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and along with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.