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USS Makin Island Wins Surface Line Week Pacific 2023

13 October 2023

From Karli Yeager

The 39th Surface Line Week (SLW) Pacific 2023 came to an end with an award ceremony where Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) was announced as the overall winner, Oct. 13.
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NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Sailors assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) pose for a photo with the championship award at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1243 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers opening remarks at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1285 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents a second runner-up award to a representative from the Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1292 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents a runner up award to a representative from Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1303 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents the championship award to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1429 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, poses for a photograph with Sailors assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 1 at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1456 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, poses for a photograph with a Sailor assigned to the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)
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231013-N-UN585-1319 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO (Oct. 13, 2023) Rear Adm. Yvette Davids, acting Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, center, poses for a photograph with San Diego area Sailors at the Surface Line Week Pacific award ceremony. The two-week competition, hosted by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, highlights professional and athletic skills while enhancing Surface Warfare culture, connectedness, and team building among the Surface Force. About 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians participated. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Claire M. DuBois)


The two-week competition highlighted professional and athletic skills of members of the Surface Warfare community in San Diego while enhancing comradery and team building. 

As part of the honor, Makin Island can proudly display the 2023 Surface Line Week banner on the ships brow until the 2024 winner is selected.

“Today, we held the closing ceremony for this year's CNSP Surface Line Week,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Steiner, SLW coordinator. “This event marks the conclusion of two weeks of fierce competition between 20 commands in 26 separate events. It was great to see teamwork on full display as Sailors tried to earn their commands the title of Surface Line Week Champion. Special thanks to the USO, Command and Event Coordinators, and Admiral Prout Field and Athletic Directors for facilitating Surface Line Week and the closing ceremony.”

The mission of CNSP is to man, train, and equip the Surface Force to provide fleet commanders with credible naval power to control the sea and project power ashore.

For more information from CNSP, visit https://www.surfpac.navy.mil/.

 
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