USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (HST) (CVN 75) brought a little touch of home aboard ship when they celebrated this year's Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 6.
HST is currently on deployment operating in the Persian Gulf.
With the eight-hour time difference from the States, the game did not start until 2:30 a.m. Many crew members stayed up until the early hours of the morning, cheering for their team and hoping for the win.
"Nobody can miss the Super Bowl. It's very important to us as Americans," said Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Angel Navedo, a die-hard New England Patriots fan. "Football is one of our favorite sports."
Supply's Food Service Division supported all the late night fans. The mess decks, first class mess and wardroom were filled with a variety of snacks, including hot wings, hot dogs, and chips and salsa.
"I think it's just good for morale. It takes the sting off of not being home to watch the game," said Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Thomas Langston. "Anyone can come through the line and get a plate of wings or hotdogs, and sit down and watch the game."
"It gives you that home feeling. You've got the wings and all the other festivities they have around," said Navedo. "It makes it feel like home even though we're all the way out here."
And to make the event even better, Truman's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Division held a contest for the Sailor or Marine who could most closely guess the end score of the Super Bowl without going over, the length of the game and who would win. The winners, Lt. Cmdr. Russel Wagner, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Sherod Melvin, and Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 1st Class David Evans received a signed football and had it presented to them by Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Clarence Frye, Feb. 9.
"We have three footballs signed by Donovan McNabb, Peyton Manning and John Elway," said Yeoman 2nd Class Christine Williams, MWR staff. "We decided to put on this contest to boost crew morale. It gives them some way to celebrate the Super Bowl in their home away from home."
A little after 6 a.m., the New England Patriots solidified their dynasty in almost as close a game as last year's Super Bowl against the Carolina Panthers. Many of Truman's Sailors and Marines celebrated their victory from half a world away, just in time to start a new day fighting the global war on terror.
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