Harry S Truman Crew Tunes in to NFL Network in Time for Season

Story Number: NNS090828-09Release Date: 8/28/2009 5:01:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Coleman Thompson, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

ABOARD USS HARRY S. TRUMAN (NNS) -- On Sept. 10, the National Football League's regular season will officially kick off, and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) Sailors won't have to miss a single play.

The Combat Systems department has tuned channel 99 on the ship's internal television network to the NFL Network, which will bring 24-hour coverage of a much loved sport to every television on board.

"On a ship this big everybody has a wide variety of interests, but I'd like to think I'm in good company when I say that I like football," said Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Schine, Truman's Combat Systems maintenance officer. "I was mightily disheartened when I noticed that we were not showing the NFL Network."

The NFL Network offers constant coverage and commentary on all preseason and regular season games as well as replaying games that might have been missed.

"I think it's nice that they're bringing that to us," said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Ronald Mitchell. "It'll certainly make it easier to catch the games we want to see while out at sea."

In addition to the NFL Network, Combat Systems has also ordered DirecTV's "NFL Sunday Ticket," which will show any game not broadcasted on the national channels.

Sailors can check which games will be shown on what channels by checking the TV Guide on the ship's intranet homepage.

"You can definitely expect that on Sunday all games will be shown on our TV system," said Schine. "As long as we're able to pick up the satellite signal we'll continue to show it."

Bringing these channels is expected to greatly improve morale on board as Sailors in every department will be able to watch their favorite team.

"We have a lot of sports fans on board," said Schine. "I think this will definitely boost morale among the Sailors, unless of course your team loses."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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