Bragging Rights on the Line at SLW 2015


The 34th annual Surface Line Week (SLW), sponsored by the staff of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, is coming to a close today after starting Aug. 14. SLW is a week-long competition that features a series of activities dedicated to friendly competition in a variety of professional and athletic events. It’s been a San Diego tradition for more than 30 years.

This year’s SLW consists of 17 athletic and 15 professional events culminating in an awards ceremony on Aug. 21, with recognition of the overall winner also announced at the Surface Warrior Ball tomorrow night.

The competition, open to participants from active duty, the Navy Reserve, or other military personnel and government civilians command kicked-off with a golf tournament at Admiral Baker Golf Course.

Other scheduled SLW athletic events include a 5K run, basketball, billiards, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, golf, tennis, volleyball, soccer, racquetball, swimming, push-up and pull-up endurance, and CrossFit. There was also a chili and salsa cook-off.

SLW professional events include photography, cake decorating, a damage control marathon, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis and stretcher bearer race, rescue swimming, a Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) race, sailing, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications, and welding and cutting.

Thirty-two commands participating have Sailors or civilians participating in the events, which have been chosen to promote camaraderie, team building, and boost morale, while still offering friendly competition along the water front for shore based commands and ships.

The defending champions are USS Boxer (LHD 4) for the overall large command category, USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) for medium command, and Beach Master Unit (BMU) 1 for small command.

For more information on Surface Line Week check out the website or like the Facebook page.

SLW Graphic created by Nick Groesch.


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