Surface Line Week 2014 Underway in San Diego
The 33rd annual Surface Line Week (SLW) competition kicked off in San Diego this week, beginning with a sailing competition around the San Diego Bay.
Sponsored by the staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, SLW runs through Aug. 15, and includes a variety of professional and athletic competitions for Surface Sailors. The winning commands will be recognized during the Surface Warrior Ball, the culmination of SLW.
Last year, USS Essex (LHD 2) took first place in the overall large command category, USS Spruance (DDG 111) won among medium-sized commands, and Naval Base San Diego received the small command trophy.
Professional events included this year in SLW are cake decorating, a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis/stretcher bearer race, moboards, photo competition, rescue swimming, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat race, sailing, seamanship, shiphandling, valve packing, visual communications, and welding and cutting.
SLW athletic competitions included a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, CrossFit, dodgeball, flag football, golf, and push-up/pull-up endurance. There will also be a chili cook-off and a homemade salsa contest on the final day of competition.