Story Number: NNS170320-11Release Date: 3/20/2017 10:16:00 AM
MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) welcomed 852 new shipmates for a "Friends and Family Day Cruise" off the coast of Mayport, Florida, March 19.
Friends and family members were invited aboard Iwo Jima to experience a day in the life of a Sailor at sea firsthand.
"It's great to get the families out so they can see what their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers and sisters do out here every day," said Capt. James Midkiff, Iwo Jima's commanding officer. "For some of these people, it's only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it's so great to be able to show them the ship. We appreciate all the sacrifices the families make, and this is a great opportunity for us to thank them and show them what we all do at the same time." Read the full article