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U.S. Navy Thanksgiving dinners serve-up morale boost

“Every Thanksgiving our culinary specialists take on the huge task of feeding our Sailors, and every year they succeed.” – Cmdr. Scott Wilson, NAVSUP director of Navy Food Service

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If you think it is stressful to prepare the perfect Thanksgiving meal for your family, try cooking for 324,000+ people – the Navy family of Sailors who are protecting and defending America. Since the U.S. Navy is always deployed all over the world, many shipmates are away from family this Thanksgiving, but they’ll still get a taste of home.

The U.S. Navy has celebrated Thanksgiving in one fashion or another since before it became an official American holiday.

“Being away from family and friends during this time of year isn’t easy, but that motivates our culinary specialists to provide a quality meal to our Sailors. The joy we see on Sailors’ faces makes all of the effort worth it,” said Cmdr. Scott Wilson, NAVSUP director of Navy Food Service.

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Command Master Chief Huben Phillips, command master chief of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush CVN 77), carves turkey at a Thanksgiving meal held aboard the ship. The ship hosted Sailors and their family members at the event held on the ship’s mess decks. The ship is in port in Norfolk, Va., conducting routine maintenance after a seven-month deployment in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Sean Hurt

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer shares a Thanksgiving Day meal with Sailors and Marines on the mess decks of the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America is the flagship for the America Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Vance Hand

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, serves turkey to Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Anna Kalinin, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), in the mess line during their visit on Thanksgiving Day. America is the flagship for the America Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alexander Ventura II

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Culinary Specialist 1st Class Shameka Hooker, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6), serves turkey to the Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and his wife Sarah Pauline Spencer during his visit to America on Thanksgiving Day. America is the flagship for the America Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations in support of maritime security operations designed to reassure allies and partners and preserve the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Vance Hand

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Culinary Specialists 3rd Class Malik Staten, left, from Huntsville, Ala., and Kyheim Porter, from Philadelphia, make macaroni and cheese in the galley of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during Thanksgiving Day meal preparations. Iwo Jima, components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise that is the culmination of training for the Navy-Marine Corps team and will certify them for deployment. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Leitner

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Chief Damage Controlman Tiffany Epps, left, and Chief Master-at-Arms Esslin Joiner prepare Thanksgiving dinner aboard the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill (LSD 51). Oak Hill, components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are conducting a Combined Composite Training Unit Exercise that is the culmination of training for the Navy-Marine Corps team and will certify them for deployment. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jessica L. Dowell

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class Laffeyette Curry, left, from Columbus, Ga., and Culinary Specialist Seaman Apprentice Trinity Mix, from Detroit, carve spiral ham in the bakeshop of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) during Thanksgiving Day meal preparations. Iwo Jima, components of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (26th MEU) are conducting a combined composite training unit exercise that is the culmination of training for the Navy-Marine Corps team and will certify them for deployment. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kevin Leitner

Compton Herald | U.S. Navy Thanksgiving

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Carl Whitaker prepares food for a special birthday month dinner aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in the Pacific Ocean. The ship and its carrier strike group is on a deployment to the western Pacific. The U.S. Navy has patrolled the Indo-Asia-Pacific region routinely for more than 70 years promoting peace and security. Photo: U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Jose Madrigal

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