ARABIAN SEA (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) celebrated the 4th of July with a steel beach picnic, July 4.
"A steel beach picnic is a little break from the monotony we experience at sea," said Command Master Chief Christopher Fitzgerald. "Even if we can't be home to barbeque and go to the beach with our families, it gives lasting memories to say that we did a steel beach picnic in the middle of the ocean on the 4th of July."
The Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), an organization of Sailors in pay grades E-4 and below, sponsored the event to increase fellowship and morale.
"The steel beach picnic is a success because everyone is happy and having a lot of fun," said Yeoman Seaman Kayleigh Betschart, a member of JEA. "We have so much potential for hosting morale-boosting events, and it's only going to get bigger and better."
The day's events included a barbeque, tug-of-war, an egg-throwing contest, water balloon fights, and sumo wrestling.
"When there are Sailors and Marines onboard together, events like this one give them a chance to hang out with each other and bond," said Fitzgerald. "It's a core that you establish, it brings everyone close together so if we have to respond to a real-world mission they stick together and have a common bond in doing what our country needs us to do."
Carter Hall is part of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
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