Nassau holds Captain's Cup Competition

Story Number: NNS080512-12Release Date: 5/12/2008 11:48:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Steven Scott Smith, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- The USS Nassau (LHA 4) held its annual Captain's Cup competition, April 9-10, during a port visit to Souda Bay, Crete, and at sea, April 26-27.

Jessica McIntosh, Nassau's morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) officer, said events like the Captain's Cup provide positive activities for Sailors to participate in during long deployments. Nassau deployed Feb. 19 as the flagship of the Nassau Expeditionary Strike Group.

"Holding events like the Captain's Cup encourages our Sailors to stay physically fit and brings out the competitive individuals to represent their departments," McIntosh said.

There was a large turnout for all the events, with every department fielding a team for each event.

Softball, basketball and soccer tournaments were held in Souda Bay, where the command, control, computers, communications, combat, and intelligence (C5I) department won softball and basketball. Air department won the soccer tournament.

McIntosh said that underway, Air department won the volleyball tournament, while C5I owned the dodge ball court.

"C5I dominated softball, basketball and dodge ball," said Interior Communications Electrician 3rd Class (SW) Sean Deeks. "We came in second for volleyball and third in soccer. Look for us to win again next year."

MWR Leading Chief Petty Officer, Master Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AW/SW) Amos Harvey said the successful turnout for the Captain's Cup showed a high level of crew interest, and the MWR division is already planning other sporting events aboard the ship during the second half of the deployment.

"Friendly competition in these sporting activities gives the departments who excel something to be proud of," Harvey said.

"I thought it was well put together," said Personnel Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Jose Maldonado, a member of the executive department's volleyball team. "Sports are good for the crew's morale because it brings us together."

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