Palomar is ‘Ship-Shape,’ Thanks to USS Princeton

Servicemen from the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton recently painted tables, primed poles and helped spruce up the campus of Palomar Elementary. The activities were thanks to the ship’s ‘adopt-a-school’ partnership with the school. Fourth grade students had lunch with the volunteers, who were members of the ship’s First Class Petty Officers Association. The Princeton will soon be deployed overseas.

“Our goal is to follow the Princeton while it is on deployment and the First Class Association will also be sending us videos while they are overseas and as a school we will keep track of their location,” said Palomar Principal Erika Taylor. “In addition, they will send videos of their locations and we will share letters back and forth.”

About the USS Princeton:

The sixth and current PRINCETON was commissioned on February 11, 1989 in Pascagoula, MS and has completed eight deployments to the Arabian Gulf and North Arabian Sea. Just one day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she was on station in the North Arabian Sea and participated in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as Task Force 50 Air Defense Commander. In 2003, she deployed for eight months in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and the Global War on Terrorism as Air Defense Commander for the NIMITZ Strike Group. Next she completed a deployment to the Arabian Gulf in 2007 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. PRINCETON’S most recent deployment was in support of Maritime Security Operations near the Horn of Africa.

–Information Courtesy of Ensign Ashley Saylor, Public Affairs Officer, USS Princeton

 

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