CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) -- Nearly 3,000 friends and family members of USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) Sailors embarked the ship for a day of activities and sightseeing Oct. 1 for the ship's "Friends and Family Day" Cruise.
The event coincided with the annual San Diego "Sea and Air" Parade, which included demonstrations by various naval vessels and aircraft.
The day started extremely early for both guests and crew. Visitors started arriving at 3 a.m. as event coordinators were making final preparations for the much-anticipated cruise.
During the daylong event, family members, friends and Sailors took part in some fun activities and games in the ship's hangar bays. These activities included video games, karaoke, ping-pong, and a variety of other games for both children and adults.
"My mom and little brother and sister are coming aboard," said Ship's Serviceman 3rd Class Neal Day, Supply Department, S-3 Division. "I am going to show them what I do underway, both on and off duty hours."
While touring Reagan, meeting the crew, and enjoying festivities in the hangar bays, friends and families experienced what life is like for their loved ones who are assigned to the Navy's newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
"I believe this is an excellent chance for families and friends to see some of the day-to-day operations of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier," said Chief Yeoman Wilson Williams, who heads the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation program. "I'm glad everyone got the chance to come aboard, and I hope you all have a good, safe time," he said.
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