Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Susan C. Damman

BREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors stationed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) played in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament March 2-3 as part of Stennis’ captain’s cup competition.

Five teams representing Combat Systems, Reactor, Engineering and Medical departments, as well as Stennis’ Chiefs’ Mess participated in the tournament.

“I’ve been playing [Ultimate] Frisbee for a while,” said Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Andrew Gutshall from Augusta, Wis. “I saw that we were having a tournament for the ship and I knew if I got a group of guys together that we’d probably have a pretty good shot at it.”

The friendly competition gave Sailors an opportunity to work as a team outside of their normal work environment.

“It helps bring everyone closer together,” said Electronics Technician 2nd Class Michael Hudson from Bradley, Ill.

Departments can earn points for captain’s cup by participating in sporting events throughout the year, and at the end of the year the commanding officer will present a trophy to the department with the most points.

“It’s fun,” said Chief Machinist’s Mate Jason Pierson, the ship’s sports coordinator, from La Grande, Ore. “When I was here before my department won it [captain’s cup] seven straight times. There’s a lot of bragging rights in that. It’s a good way to be active and get in some physical fitness.”

Going into the Ultimate Frisbee tournament, Air department was in first place with 22 points and Combat Systems was in second place with 11 points. Combat Systems earned 20 points by winning the Ultimate Frisbee tournament and currently leads captain’s cup.

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