There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to get the blood flowing and lift moral among shipmates. The Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S Pacific Fleet hosted Surface Line Week (SLW) has offered that for 36 years.
SLW gives San Diego area Sailors, Marines, and Department of the Navy civilian employees an opportunity to come together to compete in both athletic and professional events and build camaraderie within the Surface community and along the waterfront each summer.
“It’s always great to see the friendly competition,” said Lt. Amanda Towey, this year’s SLW coordinator. “These team sports really have an incredible level of camaraderie and all around fun.”
Commands compete in large, medium and small unit categories, accumulating points for each event they participate in throughout the week to identify the top command in each category. The week culminated with an award presentation where Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S Pacific Fleet announced many SLW winners including:
Overall 1st Place, Large command: USS Boxer (LHD 4)
Overall 1st Place, Medium command: USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26)
Overall 1st Place, Small command: Transient Personnel Unit
Commands participated in professional skills challenges such as sailing, photography, cake decorating, lathe work, marksmanship, medical diagnosis, rescue swimmer, ship handling, valve packing, visual communications, maneuvering board (MoBoard), seamanship, and welding and cutting. They also competed in a damage control marathon, a stretcher bearer race, and a rigid-hulled inflatable boat race. This year’s SLW also featured athletic tournaments such as golf, softball, basketball, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and racquetball, as well as weightlifting, billiards, a 5k run, swimming, push-up and pull-up endurance challenges and functional fitness competitions.
Congratulations to all of the winners and everyone who participated! The coveted award of overall winner, which comes with the most bragging rights, will be announced at the annual Surface Warrior Ball August 26.