NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors of USS Enterprise (CVN 65) had a chance to relax over the Memorial Day weekend ending June 1 after the ship's longest underway period in more than two years.
Crew members spent Memorial Day weekend catching up with family and friends, enjoying holiday celebrations and outdoor recreational activities - all without a single liberty incident.
According to the Naval Safety Center's Website, more injuries and fatalities occur each year involving summertime activities than in combat. The majority of these are related specifically to individuals' decisions regarding alcohol, driving and water sports.
Enterprise taught a ship-wide safety training curriculum via the ship's closed circuit television system and one-on-one mentoring from its leadership just prior to the long weekend, and the focus paid off.
"This confirms the commitment of the crew to take care of one another and use good judgement when out on the roadways," said Cmdr. Daniel A. Haight Jr., Enterprise's safety officer.
Haight credited Big E's success of being incident-free to command leadership at all levels, especially for a crew the size of a small city
"This kind of behavior has everything to do with positive and intrusive leadership," said Haight. "Additionally, it is a reflection of each individual that shows personal responsibility."
Driving under the influence (DUI) and alcohol-related incidents (ARI) are declining among Enterprise Sailors compared to just one year ago. In 2009, the ship had 25 DUIs and 49 ARIs. So far this year, there have only been 14 DUI incidents and 8 ARIs.
"We had at least two known DUIs during Memorial Day weekend 2009," said Lt. Cmdr. Mark A. Lindsey, the command judge advocate. "Holiday weekends without a single incident are a rare occasion for a crew this size."
Maintaining a good track record requires effort from all hands.
"Incident-free weekends are the result of everyone from E-1 to O-6 making the right decisions," said Lindsey. "A successful and incident-free July 4th weekend depends on everyone continuing to make the right choices."
Enterprise will continue its focus on safety as her crew prepares to deploy in support of the nation and its allies.
Enterprise and Carrier Air Wing 1 are currently underway conducting work-ups for the ship's 21st deployment.
For information about the Naval Safety Center or its 'Live to Play, Play to Live' campaign visit www.safetycenter.navy.mil.
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