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Big E Visits Jebel Ali for the Final Time

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS071209-03
Release Date: 12/9/2007 8:49:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph R. Wax, USS Enterprise Public Affairs/Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) "Big E" left the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates, for the third and final time, Nov. 20, after a three-day port visit.

The Enterprise crew enjoyed golfing and tours organized by Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR), volleyball, softball and Texas Hold'em tournaments, as well as some much deserved liberty in the nearby city of Dubai.

Enterprise Commanding Officer, Capt. Ron Horton granted the crew an extra hour of liberty as a reward for being such good American ambassadors to the area.

"You guys are world class ambassadors for America and you are doing a world class job on board this fine war ship," he said.

The softball tournament hosted by MWR included seven teams from the ship. Team Enterprise, including Interior Communications Specialist 1st Class Jason Varley, Chief Operations Specialist Danny Desimas, Lt. Brian Benson, Interior Communications Specialist 1st Class Adam Tabbert, Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Jason Hoffman, Fire Control Technician 2nd Class Pedro Collado, Chief Culinary Specialist Lawerence Messinea and two local nationals, came out on top of the round robin tournament.

Twenty-five Enterprise crew members took part in the Texas Hold'em tournament played on Nov. 18. The action lasted four hours with first place taking home an XBOX 360, second place receiving a Playstation Portable and third place winning a Nintendo DS, all courtesy of the Dubai United Service Organizations.

The volleyball tournament hosted by MWR and the Elite Junior Sailor Organization was played on Nov. 19. Nine teams volleyed for the title with team Enterbolts, consisting of Gunnery Sgt. Ernie Chavis, Electronics Technician 2nd Class Mark Heitzkey, Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph Wax, Cpl. Phillip Slaughter and Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1st Class William Tabocol emerging victorious.

Enterprise's final stop in Dubai means the crew is one step closer to being home.

"The first time we stopped here I couldn't really enjoy myself because we still had so long to go, but this last time it was easier to relax," said Airman Chris Bland, a member of Weapons' G-3 division.

Even though the Big E made multiple stops in Dubai, some people would like to return.

"I want to come back here with my wife," said Engineman 1st Class Clyde Bennett. "I think she would really enjoy it."

As Enterprise pulled out of port Jebel Ali for the final time, its focus again shifted to combat operations and the mission at hand. The goal for the entire crew is finishing the remaining portion of the deployment strong, with as much success and dedication as they have thus far.

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