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Steel beach at sea

By Cpl. Rubin Tan | | July 6, 2012

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea – Marine Fighter At­tack Squadron 251 par­ticipated in a steel beach picnic aboard the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) flight deck, June 15.

The picnic was coordi­nated by the carrier’s Mo­rale Welfare Recreation program to give crew members an opportunity to relax and enjoy an af­ternoon during the de­ployment.

“A steel beach picnic gives the crew a positive way to have fun and en­joy themselves while in a deployed environment,” said Megan Villapudua, USS Enterprise recre­ation specialist.

The carrier has been deployed since March in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and maritime security opera­tions. The Thunderbolts will be the last Marine squadron aboard the USS Enterprise before the car­rier is decommissioned completing more than 50 years of service.

Personnel aboard the ship prepared a bar­beque, which was served with various refresh­ments. Along with food, Marines and sailors could participate in events such as sumo-suit matches, golf and tricycle races.

“The flight deck today is lively in a different way,” said Lance Cpl. Casey White, Marine Fighter At­tack Squadron 251 aviation ordnance technician. “Out here there isn’t the excite­ment of launching aircraft, but it’s the whole crew just having fun and enjoying the day.”

The carrier’s MWR pro­gram hosts many weekly events and tournaments open to all personnel aboard the ship. The pro­gram also helps Marines and sailors create memo­rable and safe experiences during port visits by pro­viding force protection-ap­proved hotels and tours.

“We try our best to work hard and provide various recreational opportunities for our military members because they deserve it,” said Villapudua, a native of Sacramento, Calif. “This is our way of showing ap­preciation for everything they do.”

As the sun began to set, Marines and sailors re­tired to their duty sections and prepared for the mis­sion ahead of them tomor­row.

“Today was a nice day to just have fun and get re-energized for Operation Enduring Freedom,” said White, a native of Nash­ville, Tenn.