MWR Provides Fun, Cost Efficient Activities for Vinson Sailors

Story Number: NNS091217-24Release Date: 12/17/2009 6:43:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Apprentice Heather Roe, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

USS CARL VINSON, At sea (NNS) -- The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) is providing Sailors with safe and fun activities for the upcoming transit around the horn of South America and arrival in San Diego.

MWR is provided on Navy facilities worldwide offering a variety of recreation and fitness services to active-duty, Reserve, retired Navy personnel and their families.

"MWR is also the only department that is authorized to hold fundraisers, so hopefully when we get underway, we will be able to offer some fun fundraising events as well," said Erin Saluta, the Afloat Recreation Specialist aboard Carl Vinson.

The majority of activities on board are determined from crew feedback and suggestions. There is also an MWR committee that reviews the proposed calendar and approves it.

MWR will also be offering a plethora of activities in San Diego such as scuba diving, surfing, whale watching, snow skiing and trips to Las Vegas.

"There is a lot of culture in California that's very different from Virginia," said Saluta. "Anyone interested in outdoors, culture or amusement park fun is going to have a blast in San Diego."

During the three-month deployment, MWR will also be holding numerous activities for Sailors to enjoy. MWR will also provide tournaments like Texas Hold-em, Madden 2010 and a Spades league, and will offer exciting tours during foreign country port visits as well.

The most recent MWR activity will be Bingo Tuesday, Dec. 15. Sailors will be able to buy a five dollar Bingo card Tuesday in the MWR office. Prizes for the night include an iPod shuffle, PSP (Play Station Portable), gift cards and cash awards.

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The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) departs Northrop Grumman Newport News Shipyard.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70)
June 30, 2009
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