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Bataan Dominates Surface Line Week

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070913-11
Release Date: 9/13/2007 5:01:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Jeremy L. Grisham, USS Bataan Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, Rear Adm. D. C. Curtis, named the multi-purpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) the overall winner of the Surface Line Week (SLW) competition at an award ceremony Aug. 30 at Salty Marsh Park, Naval Station Norfolk.

Sailors and Marines from 25 commands, both afloat and ashore, throughout the Hampton Roads area participated in SLW, which was held Aug. 24 to 30.

Participants were divided into different categories based on the size of their command. The competition included many events, showcasing both personal and professional skills. Bataan participated in every event, including the team sports of basketball, softball and tug-of-war, as well as personal competitions, such as marksmanship, tennis and a football video game tournament.

Ensign Kelly Gerety, Bataan’s disbursing officer and coordinator for SLW, expected the ship’s crew to do well and was excited at how well Bataan fared.

“With the ship returning from deployment and making dry-dock preparations, we knew that a great turnout would be a challenge,” said Gerety. “But with an amazing amount of team work and effort from seaman to captain, the whole week ran smoothly.”

Most of the competition took place during working hours.

“There were a lot of moving parts,” said Gerety. “But with the support of the chain of command, the crew back on the ship was able to pick up the slack and let other Sailors compete. Bataan should be very proud of their performance.”

Because of the ship’s participation in every SLW event, they earned participation points as well as points for placing first, second and third in many events.

“The fun part was actually competing,” said Bataan’s commanding officer, Capt. Rick Snyder. “I am most proud of the fact that we had a competitor in each event.”

Bataan finished in first place in several events, including ship handling, stretcher-bearer race, tug-of-war, volleyball, and the football video game tournament, earning 15 points for each first place win.

“The thing I most enjoyed about the competition was being there in the end to see Bataan win overall,” said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AW) James Allen, who competed in the softball and bowling events. “But, it was good to meet and compete against people from around the fleet as well.”

“We know we have a great crew, full of both professional and personal talent,” said Snyder. “It is just great to show that off to the entire waterfront.”

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