X-Men Visit Kearsarge

Story Number: NNS060527-05Release Date: 5/27/2006 1:30:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist (SW) Robert Keilman, USS Kearsarge Public Affairs

MANHATTAN, N.Y. (NNS) -- The starring cast of 20th Century Fox's new movie, X-Men: The Last Stand, visited Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) May 24.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and Kelsey Grammer arrived by helicopter on Kearsarge's flight deck to take a tour, meet crew members, and sign autographs as the ship was en route to New York City for Fleet Week 2006.

"This is probably the fifth time I've been on a ship like this, and nothing is better than being on a ship with about 1,500 men and women who are inspiring," said Berry. "I want to say from my heart, there's nothing I love better in the world than to come and see the people who fight for our way of life. It's an honor today to say thank you," said Berry.

Berry, Jackman and Grammer made their first stop on the ship's mess decks to sign autographs for Sailors and Marines.

"It was nice of them to take time out of their day to visit us and sign autographs," said Marine Sgt. Kenney Linzmeyer of 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, N.C. "Their visit here really shows the support they have for us and what we do."

"I've been a fan of the X-Men and Marvel Comics for a long time," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 3rd Class Sergio Avalos of Kearsarge's Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department (AIMD). "It was a great experience to meet some of my favorite superheroes in real life."

In addition, representatives from 20th Century Fox presented the ship's crew with a 'first look' at X-Men III. Hundreds of Sailors and Marines filled the ship's Hangar Bay to watch the movie before its release in theaters May 26.

"I loved the movie because it showed an insight into the characters' backgrounds," said Damage Controlman Fireman Brent Lumadue of Kearsarge's Damage Control Division. "Kelsey Grammer did an awesome job playing the role of 'Beast'. I have a lot of respect for 20th Century Fox because they showed that they really care about Sailors by going out of their way and showing us this movie."

For related news, visit the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) Navy NewsStand page at www.news.navy.mil/local/lhd3/.

U.S. Navy Fleet Week New York 2006
060524-N-1371G-258 New York Harbor (May 24, 2006) - On the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), actress Halle Berry poses for pictures with Aviation Boatswain's (Aircraft Handling) 3rd Class Michael Humphrey, left, and Aviation Boatswain's (Aircraft Handling) 3rd Class Chad Oclair both assigned to the ship's air department. Berry who plays "Storm" in the 20th Century Fox upcoming action, sci-fi, "X-Men: The Last Stand," visited with Sailors and embarked Marines during the opening day of Fleet Week New York 2006. The crew was also given a special sneak preview of the film before its worldwide release date of May 26, 2006. Fleet Week has been sponsored by New York City since 1984 in celebration of the United States sea service. The annual event also provides an opportunity for citizens of New York City and the surrounding Tri-State area to meet Sailors, and Marines, as well as witness first hand the latest capabilities of today's Navy and Marine Corps team. Fleet week includes dozens of military demonstrations and displays, including public tours of many of the participating ships. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Valerie S. Guffey
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