More than 2,300 Sailors and Marines deployed aboard amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) took a break from normal operations for a steel beach picnic, Nov. 9.
The picnic fell on the 65th consecutive day at sea for the Sailors and Marines who are currently maintaining operational readiness in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
After spending several weeks at sea without a port call, the Sailors and Marines aboard Makin Island enjoyed festivities and socialized in the hangar bay.
The day consisted of a number of Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)-sponsored events to help the crew and embarked Marines relax including a dodgeball tournament, a concert and games in the hangar bay.
The hangar bay was cleared of games and food for a cinema-at-sea to end the day.
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.
Press release, Image: US Navy