SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) kicked off the 38th annual Surface Line Week (SLW) Pacific competition at Naval Base San Diego, Aug. 12.
The two-week competition highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing camaraderie and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians are expected to participate.
“This annual competition is more than just fun in the sun. Surface Line Week provides an excellent opportunity for members of the Surface Warfare community to display professional skills and receive tactical training that helps build battle-minded crews,” said Lt. Cmdr. Lionel Wesley, SLW Coordinator.
SLW 2019 consists of 15 athletic and seven professional events, such as Damage Control Olympics, Marksmanship, Navigation Olympics and Shiphandling. Activities culminate with an awards ceremony, Friday, Aug. 23.
Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet (CNSL) hosted its SLW June 24-28. The overall SLW winner will be recognized during the annual Surface Warrior Ball, Aug. 24.
The Surface Fleet continues to drive toward a culture of excellence that focuses on building readiness and lethality in preparation for tomorrow’s high-end fight.
“Part of what’s behind Surface Line Week is to help instill toughness and trust in our Sailors as we build the foundation for this culture of excellence,” said Wesley. “Even as the teams are competing against each other, they’re receiving mentorship and training that they can use while at sea.”
Participants are active duty, regularly assigned Navy Reserve or other military personnel and government civilians formally attached to a Navy command. Commands earn points as they compete in the different events to determine large, medium and small unit winners.
CNSP will post highlights and updates on Facebook.
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