News: GW Celebrates Valentine’s Day
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Cavagnaro
USS George Washington (CVN 73)
YOKOSUKA, Japan - Sailors aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) were treated to a Valentine’s Day lunch, Feb. 14.
George Washington’s Supply department provided lobster tails, steak, roast beef, and an assortment of desserts, including chocolate covered strawberries and root beer floats to more than 3,000 sailors aboard the ship.
“Today’s celebration is really a way to give thanks to the whole George Washington team for their outstanding ongoing performance from when we were at sea to now during the ship’s maintenance period,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Brian Ware, George Washington’s food service officer. “It means a lot to the entire food service division to provide a Valentine’s Day meal for all the Sailors aboard George Washington,”
Culinary specialists and food service attendants of the supply department worked together and transformed the mess decks into festive atmospheres with Valentine’s Day decorations.
“It was our goal to transform the mess decks into a relaxing environment where our sailors can enjoy an excellent meal,” said Ware. “We’ve provided 23 different meal choices for the celebration to really show the crew how much we appreciate them.
More than 500 pounds of lobster, 350 pounds of steak and an assortment of side dishes and desserts were prepared to meet the holiday needs of sailors onboard.
“I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better meal on the ship,” said Logistics Specialist Seaman Recruit Vincent Snyder, from Fayateville, N.C. “The food really reminded me of something I would have back home and I’m happy I was able to enjoy a good meal with my friends onboard.”
George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.