NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — More than 5,000 sailors aboard the USS Harry S. Truman celebrated Thanksgiving.
U.S. Navy officials said the Harry S. Truman supply team has been planning the feast since July. Cooks spent nearly seven and a half hours making the 6,300 pound meal.
Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON) Russell Smith embarked on the Truman Thursday to celebrate with the sailors.
Smith said, “I’m eager to talk to them about what’s on their minds. I want to make sure they understand I don’t take for granted the fact that they are standing the watch each and every day. I’m humbled and honored to share that experience with them, even if it’s for just a bit.”
Richardson and Smith served Thanksgiving dinner to the crew and held an event in the hangar bay, where 22 sailors were re-enlisted.
Aviation Structural Mechanic 3rd Class Vincent Burgeois, a re-enlistee, said, “Not a lot of people get to say that they were reenlisted by the CNO. I re-enlisted to finish my engineering degree, and I love traveling the world. Plus, the re-enlistment bonus is really nice.”
The aircraft carrier has been deployed since April, and currently is operating in the Mediterranean Sea. Crew aboard the Truman have flown combat missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve and conducted numerous bilateral training events.