By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Christian B. Martinez

PACIFIC OCEAN – Sailors aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), participated in a steel beach picnic on the flight deck April 19 to celebrate the final days of Stennis’ eight-month deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

The picnic, hosted by the Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD), the First and Second Class Petty Officer Associations and the Junior Enlisted Association, featured a live music, food and live entertainment.

“For many of the Sailors here, this is the second of back-to-back deployments,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (fuel) 2nd Class Joseph Hodge, Stennis’ CSADD President. “Now with the end in sight, we have this opportunity to relax our uniforms, enjoy the sun and be surrounded by smiling faces.”

Entertainment included music performed by Stennis Sailors, a martial arts demonstration and a Zumba dance show.

“It’s great to see all of these Sailors coming together at the end of a long deployment,” said Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuel) Bill Maloney. “It shows that we can still all come together and show support and care for one another. It’s a good feeling.”

The John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group (JCSCSG), consisting of Stennis, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21, and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), is returning from an eight month deployment from the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.

For more information on the JCSCSG visit http://www.stennis.navy.mil or http://www.facebook.com/stennis74.

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