Stars Visit Truman

Story Number: NNS070917-15Release Date: 9/17/2007 4:06:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Patrick Grieco, USS Harry Truman Public Affairs

NORFOLK (NNS) -- Two television stars and seven athletes took a tour of the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sept. 7 as part of the ship's distinguished visitor program.

"This is my first visit to a carrier," said Jamie Farr, actor for the hit T.V. show M*A*S*H. "You see them in movies and you see them in the news, but when you get on one you just can't believe the size of them."

Debbe Dunning, actress for the hit television sitcom Home Improvement, said she was also amazed at the size of the carrier and all the training that goes on inside.

"It gives me an insight into all the work that goes into keeping us safe," added Dunning. "All of the training that you all go through is incredible."

The stars visited several parts of the ship including, the chief petty officer's mess, the weapons department and the radar rooms.

"Being in the magazine was the best," said Fred Lynn, who was the only baseball player named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. "I enjoyed just seeing all of the different types of ordnance that was down there. I also liked the communications room, there were just so many gadgets there."

Lynn, sometime ago, also watched night-flight operations on board the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

After the tour of the ship, the stars sat down with the Sailors to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
"I've always wanted to meet one of the people from M*A*S*H," said Hull Maintenance Technician Fireman Michael Fisa. "My mom and I are huge fans and it means so much to me to finally get a chance to see one of them."

Air Traffic Controller 1st Class (AW/ SW) Joshua Blake of Operations Department felt their visit showed how much they appreciated Sailors and the U.S. Navy. He said it was a dream come true for several Sailors.
"It's a chance to meet their childhood heroes," said Blake. "I watched Andre Reed and Rocket as a kid and now I can finally meet them."

The Sailors weren't the only ones excited by the visit, the stars themselves were anxious to meet the Sailors and the ship.

"It was truly an honor visit Truman and meet the Sailors," Farr said.

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