ANNOUNCING 2023 WINNERS OF THE NEW YEAR'S DAY DECK LOG POEM CONTEST:
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SUBJ//ANNOUNCING 2023 WINNERS OF THE NEW YEAR'S DAY DECK LOG POEM CONTEST//
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RMKS/1. The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is excited to announce
the winners of the 2023 New Year's Day Deck Log Poem Contest:
a. USS BUNKER HILL (CG-52), written by LT Artem Sherbinin.
b. USS FITZGERALD (DDG-62), written by GM2 Austin Canterbury.
c. USS FARRAGUT (DDG-99), written by QM3 Anthony Bentley.
2. The winning poems and author biographies can be found at
3. The focus of the New Year's Day Deck Log contest is to celebrate the
voices of our Sailors and to preserve a Navy tradition. A deck log is the
official record maintained by all commissioned U.S. Navy vessels. While
regulations normally restrict the types of entries in logbooks, the Navy has
long held the tradition of the Midnight New Year's Poem. The first entry of
the New Year, written in verse, allows Sailors to express their creativity
about the experiences of shipboard life and their pride in their
command. The contest also serves to remind the Fleet of the importance of
the deck log as a historical document; one that preserves for future
generations the actions and voices of our United States Sailors.
4. Congratulations to the winners!
5. Released by Mr. Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff.//