Tis the SEAson-trees go up, presents are purchased and lights are hung to help get you in the spirit of the season. Life is no different for Sailors all over the Fleet. For many years now, as a way of spreading holiday cheer both sea and shore commands have decked the halls (or hulls as it may be) to help get the community in the spirit of Christmas. For many fleet concentration areas this tradition of decorating a “home away from home” has become a time honored tradition that Sailors and civilians, young and old look forward to taking part in. What driver in San Diego or Norfolk hasn’t peered over from the Coronado Bridge or Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel and smiled with delight at the brightly decorated ships to their right or left?
The below photo post highlights the festivities of Naval Station Norfolk’s 15th Annual Operation Decorama–this blog is intended to share some of these feelings of holiday joy and pride with those that cant make it to a Navy town to experience the lights and decorations firsthand.
For those that are interested-this year’s Norfolk Decorama contest winners were:
Large Ship: 1st – USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69); 2nd – USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)
Destroyer: 1st – USS McFaul (DDG 74); 2nd – USS Bainbridge (DDG 96)
Submarine: 1st – USS Norfolk (SSN 714); 2nd – USS Scranton (SSN 756)
LPD: 1st – USS Ponce (LPD 15)
Small Craft: 1st – Tug Susan Moran
Squadron: 1st – Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 774; 2nd – Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 40
Shore Command: 1st – Navy Munitions Command Sewells Point; 2nd – Transient Personnel Unit Norfolk
CO/XO Choice: Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Atlantic
Naval Station Norfolk Sailor of the Year’s Choice: Carter Hall
Once again, we hope that this brought a smile to your face or at least makes you feel better about the four or five strings of lights that your spouse forced you to hang in the front yard. Just think it could be much worse-you could have to hang lights from the mast of an aircraft carrier! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from America’s Navy!