-- The staff of Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMNAVSURFPAC) has announced the 33rd annual Surface Line Week (SLW) competition at Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 8-15.
A tradition in San Diego for more than three decades, SLW brings Sailors and federal civilian employees from both sea and shore commands together for friendly athletic and professional competitions.
"This year's Surface Line Week will consist of 18 athletic events and 15 professional events culminating in an awards ceremony scheduled for Aug. 15," said Lt. Aimee Smith, the 2014 SLW coordinator. "The overall winner will also be recognized at the Surface Warrior Ball also held that evening."
According to Smith, athletic events will include: a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, golf, push-up/pull-up endurance, and cross fit. There will also be a chili cook-off and a salsa cook-off.
Smith said professional events include: cake decorating, a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, moboards, photo competition, rescue swimmer, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) race, sailing, seamanship, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications and welding/cutting.
"Competition participants must be active duty, regularly assigned Navy Reserve, or other military personnel and government civilians formally attached to a Navy command," said Smith. "Normally the unit entry fees are paid for from unit Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) funds."
Last year, more than 3,000 participants represented 30 San Diego commands during the SLW competition. In 2013, USS Essex (LHD 2) took home first place for large commands, USS Spruance (DDG 111) took top honors for medium commands, and Naval Base San Diego was awarded first place for small commands.
"Surface Line Week 2014 promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding event," said Smith. "Maximum participation is desired from all commands to the extent operational schedules allows."
For more information or to learn how to register a command for SLW 2014, contact Lt. Aimee Smith at (619) 437-2058 or visit: http://www.public.navy.mil/surfor/Pages/slw.aspx .
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