YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Sailors and shipyard workers aboard the forward-deployed nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) watched Super Bowl XLVI Feb. 6 during a party sponsored by the ship's Morale, Welfare and Recreation department.
"This is great," said Machinist's Mate 3rd Class David Abney, one of 400 Sailors and civilians who watched the game. "The command did a great job setting it up so everyone had a chance to see the game, even people who were on duty."
Sailors watched the game on a 20-foot tall projection screen.
"People are really enjoying it, we're going through a lot of pizza today," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Equipment) Airman Apprentice Mariah Carlos from Cerritos, Calif., who helped the Supply department serve pizza.
MWR provided more than 1,000 pounds of doughnuts and muffins, 95 pizzas, and 244 sandwiches and organized the party while the ship's previous day's duty section set up the hangar bay for the early morning kick-off.
"There was a lot of planning and working with other departments on the ship," said George Washington's MWR "fun boss" Rebekah McKoy. "Combat Systems set up the screen and sound system and the Supply department brought in the tables and helped us serve the food."
"Last year we had it on the forward mess decks, and we definitely had a lot more people this time," said McKoy.
More than a dozen members of a Hooter's Morale Team visited the ship after the game to sign photographs and calendars and pose with Sailors for photos. Sailors queued up across the hangar bay to have their mementos signed by team members, including two of Hooter's American calendar girls.
"It was a great boost of morale for [us], "said Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Jeffrey Tumacder. "It was great to get their autographs, and that they came out here to support us."
Fans from both sides remained optimistic and confident in their teams throughout the game.
"The Giants are going to win for sure," said Cullinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Jeffrey Vaillant from Bronx, New York, after cheering the Giant's second touchdown.
"Patriot's are my life, and Tom Brady is second!" said Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) Airmen Apprentice Britney Kirby from Douglas, Wyo.
Despite Kirby and other Patriot's fans optimism and a last minute Hail Mary by Patriot's quarterback Tom Brady, the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI 21-17 in a last-minute play.
George Washington is currently in port in Yokosuka, Japan. In 2011, George Washington navigated more than 50,000 nautical miles across the western Pacific to operate with more than one dozen different nations.
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