VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) announced Dec. 2 that Sailors and Marines in 40 ships and submarines deployed away from their homeports and those forward deployed to overseas ports during the holiday season will be given a free $10 phone card to call loved ones back home.
"This is just one small way that we can thank our service members for their dedicated service to our country," said Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program. "We hope this phone card will bring them closer to their families and friends during the holiday season."
The $10 AT&T prepaid phone cards can be used via the Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service system, the ship's Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) system or ashore in the United States or any foreign port where AT&T has a presence. NEXCOM expects to distribute nearly 35,000 free phone cards during the holidays.
Ships that will receive the free phone cards are USS Bainbridge (DDG 96), USS Bulkeley (DDG 84), USS Carney (DDG 64), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Mason (DDG 87), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS San Jacinto (CG 56), USS Simpson (FFG 56), USS Stout (DDG 55), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Truman (CVN 75), USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), USS Boxer (LHD 4), USS Cowpens (CG 63), USS Freedom (LCS 1), USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49), USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS New Orleans (LPD 18), USS Rentz (FFG 46), USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705), USS Houston (SSN 713), USS North Carolina (SSN 777), USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), USS Sea Wolf (SSN 21), USS Tucson (770), USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54), USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS George Washington (CVN 73), USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS McCampbell (DDG 85), USS Mustin (DDG 89), USS Stethem (DDG 63), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Denver (LPD 9) and USS Germantown (LSD 42).
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