Taking the Plunge
GHWB Sailors take a dip in the Mediterranean
Clear, sunny, blue skies and equally blue seawater set the stage for Sailors aboard aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) to take the plunge from an aircraft elevator during an all-hands swim call.
"It was definitely an exhilarating experience," said Machinist's Mate (Nuclear) 3rd Class Angela Henderson. "This was my first swim call and it was one of those things I can check off of my deployment bucket list."
With a call on the 1MC announcing their departure, Rear Adm. Kenneth Whitesell, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2, and Capt. Will Pennington, GHWB's commanding officer were among the first to jump in water.
"The temperature in the water is perfect," said Pennington. "If you were worried about the water being a bit chilly, I can assure you that it is just perfect."
For several hours, Sailors took turns jumping from the edge of the ship and splashing down 30 feet below into the deep blue water, all under the watchful eyes of rescue swimmers and security personnel to ensure a safe, positive environment.
"We wanted to make sure everyone has fun, but also make sure they stay safe," said Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class Emnoel Agas, safety department's leading petty officer. "A combination of staff, which includes safety, medical, security, search and rescue, and weapons were on hand to make sure everyone took the plunge, surfaced and swam back to safety."