Nassau Crew Takes Break with Steel Beach Picnic

Story Number: NNS080512-04Release Date: 5/12/2008 10:13:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jonathan Pankau, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors aboard the USS Nassau (LHA 4) took a break from day-to-day operations, attending a Steel Beach Picnic on the ship's flight deck May 5.

"The Steel Beach Picnic was a big project for us," said Damage Controlman Fireman Anderson Navarrete, one of Nassau's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) representatives. "After about two weeks of planning the various activities, we set up sumo wrestling, karaoke, jousting sticks, board games, basketball, sand bag tossing and a disc jockey."

"It was a good time for everyone to get together and take a break from the normal work day. It relieved a lot of stress," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Dwan Arguelles of Fleet Surgical Team 2, embarked on Nassau.

While the MWR activities grabbed the attention of those who visited Nassau's hangar bay, Sailors lined up on the flight deck for the Gator Bistro barbeque that included steaks, ribs, hamburgers, hot dogs and side orders of macaroni and cheese, macaroni salad, coleslaw and baked beans.

"We worked nonstop for 4 days on the Steel Beach, signing up volunteers, going through paperwork, ordering food and supplies and preparing everything for the barbeque," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SW) Aleithia Young, leading chief petty officer of Nassau's Food Service Division.

Young said many of Nassau crew members came out to support the picnic, setting up the MWR events, serving the food, and helping to clean up. She said the weather could not have been better and everyone said they had a great time.

"I'd like to extend my thanks to the Chiefs Mess and Wardroom for putting forth such an outstanding effort, providing so many volunteers to help us," said Young.

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