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Rooms in USNS Brunswick will bear pub names

(Tribune News Service) — A pub crawl may be in the future for the crew of the USNS Brunswick when the ship comes to town several months from now.

Berthing rooms inside the Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel will be named after different pubs and taverns in Brunswick.

Susan Bates, owner of Tipsy McSway's in Brunswick, is among the local merchants asked if they'd be willing to have one of the berthing rooms in the ship named after their business.

Jeremy Petru, third officer on the ship, said the Brunswick has seven or eight berthing rooms where troops stay while they are being transported aboard the ship that needed names.

"We thought it would be a fun idea to name these rooms after local bars and pubs that seem to be the place to go here in Brunswick," Petru said.

The Brunswick is a Navy- owned, civilian crew vessel. It will provide troop transport for armed forces, as well as humanitarian aid when available.

The 338-foot shallow draft aluminum catamaran is capable of transporting 600 tons 1,200 nautical miles at an average speed of 35 knots, or 40 mph. The ship's deck can support flight operations for a wide variety of aircraft, including a CH-53 Super Stallion, the largest and heaviest helicopter in the military.

Bates said she doesn't know why her business was among those selected other than what they told her.

"They thought it was logical (with the name of her business)," she said. "They were told it was a fun, happy place."

She was asked to provide a menu and other memorabilia that could be hung on the door and walls in the berthing room.

She plans to do more than that.

"We will name a drink after the ship and we will promote it," she said. "We'll also put some items on the menu."

Sheila McNeill, an organizer for the ship's visit, tentatively scheduled for Mother's Day weekend during the Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, said it was the crew's idea to name the rooms after different businesses in town. McNeill said she doesn't know the names of the other businesses, but a list will be released soon.

Bates said she and her staff were invited to tour the ship when it visits. She plans to reciprocate by inviting the crew to her restaurant, where she said the first drink is on the house.

"It reminds me of Brunswick's maritime history," she said. "I'm glad to be part of it."

(c)2016 The Brunswick News (Brunswick, Ga.)
Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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