USS GONZALEZ, At Sea (NNS) -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Gonzalez (DDG 66) hosted a Tiger cruise for 37 family members and friends Gonzalez left Naval Station Norfolk Oct. 1.
Tiger cruises give family and friends of Sailors aboard Navy ships an understanding of what ship life is like for officers and enlisted Sailors during an underway period.
"I think that it is great to get the chance to see how our son lives and what he does on a day-to-day basis," said Barbara Alvey, mother of Information Technician 2nd Class(SW) Elan Alvey.
The crew held demonstrations for the tigers, including a damage control drill and 50 caliber machine gun shoot.
"I was extremely impressed with the demonstrations that were put on for us," said April Hess, mother of Electronic Warfare Officer Ensign Monika Hess.
Spending time on a Navy ship and learning how things work during an underway period helps those not in the military understand what the Navy is all about.
"The Navy is not just about the ships, but it is about the crew aboard those ships and their commitment to their country and the mission at hand," said Robert Robinette, college roommate of Gonzalez' Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Fort.
The cruise ended Oct. 3 in Moorehead City, N.C., the site of the 22nd annual Seafood Festival, and Sailors aboard Gonzalez were the guests of honor.
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