The Guam-based USS Key West, a Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine, hosted members of the Los Angeles Rams cheerleading team on Aug. 20 at Naval Base Guam.
On island as part of a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation tour, the cheerleaders took the opportunity to tour the submarine.
"This was a great chance to showcase the Key West and the forward-deployed submarines in Guam,” said Lt. Cmdr. Brad Foster, USS Key West executive officer. “It allowed our crew an opportunity to talk about their jobs and lifestyle aboard a Los Angeles Class fast attack submarine.”
The cheerleaders toured the submarine, discussing its capabilities. They toured topside as well as the submarine’s control room, living quarters, torpedo room, machinery room and mess decks.
“I had a lot of fun talking to the cheerleaders about the different capabilities of our submarine,” said Lt. Ethan Genco, assistant engineering officer aboard USS Key West.
The Wisconsin native, who is an avid NFL fan, said meeting professional NFL cheerleaders is an opportunity not many people experience.
The cheerleaders posed for photographs with members of the Key West crew before leaving the pier.
“I really enjoyed my time aboard Key West,” said Nikelle, a Los Angeles Rams cheerleader. “This tour made me realize how grateful I am for those that serve. I truly am just grateful for this opportunity.”
Foster went on to express his gratitude to the cheerleaders for their visit to Key West.
“This was a major morale boost for the ship," Foster said. "We’re very appreciative that the group took time out of their lives to come and visit with our crew.”
USS Key West is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen, which is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam, in Apra Harbor, and consists of four Los Angeles Class fast attack submarines.
Information was provided in a news release.