Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsWith deployment looming, sailors enjoy Christmas aboard Carl Vinson aircraft carrier – The San Diego Union

The San Diego-based aircraft carrier Carl Vinson was full of holiday cheer Sunday, as its skeleton crew of about 400 sailors sat down to what will probably be the finest meal they’ll eat aboard the ship for the next five to six months. 

The carrier, docked at Coronado Naval Base, is scheduled to deploy early next month with some 5,000 sailors and Marines aboard — for a mission to the other side of the world.

Along with its strike group of smaller ships, jet fighters and helicopters, the Vinson is set to cruise the South China Sea and nearby waters. It’s expected to help protect trade routes, exert an American presence in international waters and, perhaps most importantly, stand ready to do whatever else is asked — be it responding to a security risk or providing relief after a natural disaster.

The sailors and Marines will soon leave behind their families before heading out to sea, but on Sunday, many of them were able to share Christmas with the people they love. Together they watched basketball and savored a special holiday feast of prime rib, turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and much more. There was even a Christmas tree-shaped cake.


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