USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) held its first steel beach picnic of the deployment May 1, after spending more than 45 consecutive days at sea.
Sailors were invited to enjoy a much needed break from the rigors of deployment in one fun-filled afternoon.
The First Class Petty Officers Association cooked for all of Truman's Sailors by grilling hotdogs, ribs and chicken.
Aviation Ordnanceman 1st Class (AW) Charles Hart from the Weapons Department explained he liked cooking for the crew.
"It's almost like being back in my backyard cooking for my family and having a couple of friends over," he said. "It's more of a reward than work. Getting everybody excited and knowing the food is good pays off."
With five hours devoted to fun, many Sailors felt the steel beach picnic was a great chance to recharge their batteries.
"It was much needed. It's a nice break from the monotony," Hart said. "We got a chance to put on civilian clothes and relax."
A central stage set up by the Weapons Department hosted hours of entertainment for the crew. The "Gypsy" band played for the first hour followed by the much awaited conclusion of the Truman Idol contest and finally the stomp team "Regulators." Seaman Tiffany Drain from the Deck Department won Truman Idol and will receive a trip to the Bahamas as her prize.
Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) set up two notable events for the Sailors as well. Sailors had the option of hitting golf balls or fishing from the fantail.
Many Sailors found their own entertainment. With the open space available on the flight deck, Sailors organized pick-up games of football, soccer and rugby.
Victor Guarniera said this was the only day during this cruise he had enough room to put together a decent game of football.
"It's pretty nice being up here and tossing the football around," said Guarniera. "The environment being out here with everybody and hanging out with some of your closest friends is a terrific feeling."
The most common reason Sailors said they enjoyed the picnic was because it was a change of pace from their normal duties and a chance to further build camaraderie with their shipmates.
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