USS Harry S. Truman, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) enjoyed relaxing with friends, eating grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and participating in several activities during a steel beach picnic Nov. 29.
The festivities on the flight deck included a jump rope competition, water balloon toss, tricycle relay, bobbing-for-apples, hula-hooping, pie and hot dog eating contests, a free throw competition and a waffle ball tournament.
Crew members also had the pleasure of listening to music and live performances by their shipmates during the picnic.
"Today's steel beach picnic was a great opportunity to just get out of our work spaces and enjoy a relaxed environment for a few hours," said Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (FMF/SW) Christopher Goodman.
Several departments and associations worked hard to come together and make the event a success. Members from Truman's Junior Enlisted Association, Second Class Petty Officer Association and First Class Petty Officer Association took shifts to help with the picnic set-up and clean-up. Truman's Chief's Mess contributed toward the steel beach picnic by grilling burgers, chicken, hot dogs and sausages, while crew members from the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program organized unique activities for the crew.
Their combined efforts and creativity made the day that much more special for the entire crew.
"It was great to finally enjoy the steel beach picnic after looking forward to it for so long," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Handling] Airman (AW) Spencer Miller. "The food was great and I was able to relax for a few hours with my buddies. There is not too much more I could ask for. I miss playing golf and football, which I was able to do during the picnic, so that was a super plus for me."
Although crew members have fond memories of shore-based picnics with family and friends, some commented on the uniqueness of celebrating a picnic at-sea.
"You have your family back home, and here you have your 'family at sea', people that you've had a chance to get to know pretty well over seven months," said Yeoman Seaman Daniel Ellenburg. "This was my first time doing a steel beach picnic and I enjoyed the camaraderie and seeing people I knew bobbing for apples and dancing. It was a little strange seeing some activities—like football—because there's a limit to how far you can run to catch the ball, but it was a really fun time."
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