SAN DIEGO (NNS) — The 35th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) in San Diego came to an end during closing ceremonies held at Naval Base San Diego, August 19.
Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, praised the event and the commands that participated before presenting trophies to the winners.
"I think it's good to set aside a couple weeks of the summer just to celebrate who we are and compete in athletic and professional events,” said Rowden. "You get to understand a little bit more broadly what's happening in our warfare community and our Navy, and you get to make new friends."
He went on to thank all those involved with organizing the event and the more than 1500 Sailors who participated in SLW events.
"For all of you who participated, thanks for coming out and having a good time,” he said. “We appreciate the effort and commitment you’ve made to making this a great Surface Line Week.”
SLW is an annual weeklong competition sponsored by the staff of Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, and features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of professional and athletic events.
This year there were 34 total events and 30 commands that participated. The overall winner will be announced during the Surface Warrior Ball on August 20.
Littoral Combat Squadron (COMLCSRON) ONE won first place in the large command category.
In the medium command category, USS Cape St. George (CG 71) took first place, USS Russell (DDG 59) placed second and USS Higgins (DDG 76) finished in third place.
In the small command category, Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 captured first place honors, Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 102 was awarded second place and Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Crew 201 finished third.
This years SLW athletic events included: a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, functional fitness, golf, lacrosse, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, and a push-up and pull-up endurance contest. There was also be a chili and salsa cook-off.
Professional events included a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, :cake decorating, medical diagnosis and stretcher bearer race, maneuvering board, photography, rescue swimmer, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) race, sailing, seamanship, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications, and welding and cutting.
Participants in the competition must be active duty, regularly assigned Navy Reserve, or other military personnel and government civilians formally attached to a Navy command.
“I’ve received a lot of positive feedback from all 30 commands that participated this year,” said Lt. Amanda Towey, this year's event coordinator. “The level of involvement from the most junior to senior Sailors has been outstanding.”
Towey was happy to see the camaraderie built between different commands despite the competition.
“It’s interesting how Surface Line Week has lined up with the Rio Olympics this year and even though the Sailors are representing the same country, they have showed a lot of pride representing their commands all the while having some friendly competition,” said Towey.
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