More than 12,000 fresh New York steaks were served Monday to crew members of three aircraft carriers in San Diego.
The grilling began days before the picnic scheduled for USS Carl Vinson, USS George Washington and USS Ronald Regan at Naval Base Coronado.
The organization "Cooks from the Valley" served up the steaks. The group is known for bringing its grills to members of the military – no matter where they are in the world.
In San Diego, they served more than 8,400 crew members and a Pentagon VIP who just happened to be in town for the event.
Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Jonathan Greenert told crew members they are the “real deal.”
“This is all real business, and you are the tip of the spear,” Greenert said.
USS Carl Vinson is in homeport. USS George Washington and USS Ronald Regan are conducting a crew and equipment swap. George Washington will soon move to Norfolk, Virginia, where it will be overhauled.
Ronald Reagan will also leave but will head to serve out of Yokosuka, Japan.