Story Number: NNS140203-02Release Date: 2/3/2014 7:48:00 AM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Amanda Gray
MEDITERRANEAN SEA (NNS) -- Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout (DDG 55) celebrate Super Bowl XLVIII while at sea, Feb. 2.
The event was hosted by the Junior Enlisted Association (JEA), who provided food and activities for Sailors throughout the day.
"The game is being shown late at night, so leading up to it we had a variety of events going on throughout the ship," said Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Eugene Hogan, JEA's president. "This included a quarterback precision toss, a Madden NFL video game competition, and a finger football challenge. We also prepared all of the food for the game. It was a lot of work, but the crew really enjoyed it."
Sailors gathered on the decorated mess decks to watch the Denver Broncos play the Seattle Seahawks on projectors and televisions.
"The Super Bowl is like a sports holiday for Americans and being able to enjoy the festivities and watch the game is an important morale booster," said Cmdr. Robert Alpigini, Stout's commanding officer. "It provides a great opportunity for the crew to take a little down time, gather socially and partake in the annual pageantry of the event even though we're far from home."
The game was not aired until after midnight so Alpigini gave the ship a holiday routine the following morning.
"We all work very hard throughout the week, so to be able to put this on for the crew, so that the Sailors on this ship can have an evening of fun is something very rewarding," said JEA's vice president, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Shawn James. "We are one big family out here and football brings us even closer. We had a great turnout for all of the events and everyone had a great time."
Stout, homeported in Norfolk, Va., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations.