SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) hosted members of the Los Angeles Rams Cheerleading Team at Naval Base Guam, Aug. 20.
The cheerleaders, who came to Guam as part of a Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) tour, jumped at the opportunity to tour the submarine.
Lt. Cmdr. Brad Foster, Key West's executive officer, and Chief of the Boat Master Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Nicholas Harr greeted the cheerleaders upon their arrival and spoke to them about the importance of their visit to Key West.
"This was a great chance to showcase the Key West and the forward-deployed submarines in Guam,” said Foster. “It allowed our crew an opportunity to talk about their jobs and lifestyle aboard a Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine.”
Lt. Ethan Genco, the assistant engineering officer aboard Key West, led the tour and discussed the capabilities of the submarine as they walked topside before heading into the submarine’s control room, living quarters, torpedo room, machinery room and mess decks.
“I had a lot of fun talking to the cheerleaders about the different capabilities of our submarine,” said Genco, a native of River Falls, Wisconsin. “This is something the general public does not usually get to see. I’m a huge National Football League (NFL) fan. So, being able to share our boat with professional NFL cheerleaders is something that I will always remember.”
The cheerleaders posed for photographs with members of the Key West crew before leaving the pier.
“I really enjoyed my time aboard Key West,” said Nikelle, a member of the cheerleading squad. “This tour made me realize how grateful I am for those that serve. I truly am just grateful for this opportunity.”
Foster, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, went on to express his gratitude to the cheerleaders and for their visit to Key West.
“This was a major morale boost for the ship" said Foster. "We’re very appreciative that the group took time out of their lives to come and visit with our crew.”
Key West is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen, which is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam in Apra Harbor, Guam, and consists of four Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines. The CSS-15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed submarine force and are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements.
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