NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — While many in Hampton Roads are preparing to spend time with family on Thanksgiving, the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln spent Wednesday preparing to serve hundreds for the holiday.
Those on duty and sailors who won’t get the chance to head home for the holidays will be provided a meal.
It’s been a busy time for the aircraft carrier’s culinary specialists, who have also had to cook regular meals for sailors.
Culinary Specialist Seaman Melos Nicholson, who is celebrating her second Thanksgiving in the Navy but first on a ship, is said she can’t be with family but grateful to make the holiday special for others.
“I’m thankful for this year I’ve had in the Navy, for all my family, for my husband and the family I’ve developed here” She said.
Culinary Specialist Seaman Kenisha Jones said those fixing the food make the busy experience worth it.
“Once we start cooking, start smiling, you’ll see all the love. You’ll see what family really means,” she said.
That culinary family will be making 1,200 pounds of fresh dinner rolls, 550 pounds of whole turkey, 400 pounds of steamship rounds of beef, 216 pounds of shrimp, and 200 pounds of spiral ham for around 800 sailors and their family members.
The Lincoln will also host special guests for Thanksgiving.
Around 350 British sailors from the HMS Queen Elizabeth will come aboard.
The ship made port at Naval Station Norfolk on Tuesday.
Crews were excited to not only show off for their fellow sailors, but those from across the pond.
“I want to hear their accents!” said Jones and Culinary Specialist Apprentice Dashawn Garcia.
10 On Your Side’s Kara Dixon will have more coverage on the Lincoln’s special Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.