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Crew Constant Celebrates Thanksgiving Underway in Persian Gulf

By Ensign Aaron Schutte, USS Dextrous (MCM 13) Public Affairs

USS DEXTROUS, Persian Gulf (NNS) -- Mine Countermeasures ship (MCM) Crew Constant, currently embarked aboard USS Dextrous (MCM 13), celebrated Thanksgiving Nov. 24 underway and on station in the North Persian Gulf as part of their six-month deployment conducting maritime security operations (MSO).

They marked the occasion first with a frocking and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) ceremony that recognized the accomplishments of their crew members, then the chief petty officers served a Thanksgiving dinner to the 80-member crew.

By the end of the day, one Constant Sailor, Matthew Johnson, had also received a personal phone call from the President of the United States.

Some crew members remarked about missing their families during Thanksgiving.

“I can’t wait to see my baby boy again,” said Mineman 1st Class (SW) Patrick Baker, of Portland, Texas. “He and my wife are what I’m most thankful for. I’m thankful that he’s got ten toes, ten fingers and blue eyes. Best looking baby in the state of Texas!”

Others on Dextrous reflected more on the importance of their deployment in support of MSO.

“It feels good to know that I’m doing my part,” said Electrician's Mate 1st Class (SW) Jermain W. Graham, Crew Constant’s newly-named Sailor of the Year. “Knowing that I’m out here making a difference gives the holiday a different kind of meaning.”

MSO seek to preserve the free and secure use of the world's oceans by legitimate mariners, and prevent terrorists from attempting to use the maritime environment as a venue for attack or as a medium to transport personnel, weapons or other material that could support their efforts.

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