Sailors compete in return of Surface Line Week competition


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — The Surface Line Week competition returns to Naval Base San Diego.

The two-week competition kicked off with over 2,000 sailors competing to be the best at their job.

It’s exciting, but it’s also hard work for the thousands of sailors vying for command at Surface Line Week competition.

“It’s unbelievable because I’m soaked because it’s hot. It’s really fun,” said damage control manager Lexi Johnson.

It was just another day at work because damage control was the name of the game today.

“The whole ship relies on us to make sure it stays afloat. We deal with water tanks every day, we deal with fires, floods and if there is any toxic gas,” said she explained.

She’s the only female in charge of damage control on her ship, and she’s one of many to compete in surface line week competitions.

“Being the only woman is kinda hard because people ask me, ‘oh, can she do that? Can she do that? But I was born and raised in Texas. I was taught to hold on good and to wear mine,” she explained.

Johnson held on as she and her shipmates moved from her favorite event – the costume relay – to fixing leaks on the ship.

Chef Peter Mei said it was more than just fun – they will be able to enjoy this experience when the sailors are at sea.

“Recently there have been a few collisions at sea. Some ships have caught fire. Some we could save, some we couldn’t. So the training we give here is aimed at preventing either the loss of life human beings, or the loss of the ship,” Mei said.

He said damage control was a top priority in the Navy and competition was a way to see if the sailor’s training was effective.

Johnson said she had fun, and if you asked her if she had proven everyone wrong again, she’d say yes.

“I prove to pretty much everyone that I can do it,” she said.

The competition will continue until next Friday.


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