By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Grant Wamack
USS John C. Stennis Public Affairs
PACIFIC OCEAN – The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) concluded its 2013 Tiger Cruise as it arrived in San Diego, April 29.
The six-day transit allowed more than 1,100 friends and family members of the crew to experience life aboard an aircraft carrier at sea.
The cruise began when Stennis departed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii where Stennis volunteers and sponsors escorted the guests on board. Throughout the transit, Tigers worked along side their sponsors to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day lives of Sailors.
Tiger cruise is designed to be educational and enjoyable, said Yeoman 1st Class Joshua Kelemen, a tiger cruise coordinator. It gives them [tigers] an opportunity to experience what we do and how we live.
“It is an exciting and eye-opening experience,” said John Prindle, father of Aviation Maintenance Administrationman 2nd Class Jessica Prindle. “I guess you never really realize the sacrifices the young men and women in the military make for their country.”
The Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) sponsored event featured an air power demonstration, ship tours, concerts, a talent show, and shipboard damage control simulations.
“We had a lot of entertaining and educational things lined up,” said Chris Cation, Stennis’ MWR coordinator and Tiger Cruise coordinator. “This was a chance to experience Navy life that people rarely get an opportunity to see.”
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 to the U.S. 5th and 7th fleet areas of responsibility.