Chancellorsville Sailors Take Part in ‘Headin’ West’ Run Prior to Joining FDNF
SAN DIEGO – The officers and crew of the guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) hosted a command-sponsored race May 21 to bring crew and family together prior to departing San Diego to join the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in Yokosuka, Japan.
Officially titled as the “Headin’ West 6.2k/1.5M Fun Run,” the event offered the opportunity to exercise and enjoy each other’s fellowship before the ship departed for Japan.
More than 100 Sailors, friends and family members participated in the event, with medals and liberty chits awarded to the top three male and female finishers of the 6.2K race. Each runner was also provided a performance t-shirt and customized bib for them to remember the event.
“We wanted to provide the crew, friends, and family an opportunity to enjoy San Diego, while also enjoying each other during their last days in one of America’s finest cities,” said Lt. j.g. Heather Driscoll, one of the event coordinators.
The route for the two races started at Embarcadero Marina Park South on the San Diego waterfront and runners made their way through the downtown boardwalk, Seaport Village, and Embarcadero Marina Park North.
Following the run, Chancellorsville’s multi-cultural committee provided a meal comprised pf a 50lb roasted pig, multiple types of fresh sushi, homemade rice, and other Asian fare to recognize Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.
In addition to the interaction between the crew and family, the event was a great way for the command to officially say “goodbye” to San Diego. In recent months, the ship has facilitated as many family gatherings as possible before the departure to join the FDNF.
Along with more than 300 Sailors, many family members will also be joining their Sailor in Japan but some will be staying behind for various reasons.
As part of the FDNF, Chancellorsville will enhance presence in 7th Fleet as part of the U.S. Navy's long-range plan to send the most advanced and capable units to the Asia-Pacific region. Future missions will include maritime security operations and cooperative training exercises with allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.