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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Navy Exchange plans to give away nearly 35,000 prepaid phone cards to sailors and Marines this holiday season to help them connect with loved ones back home.

The $10 AT&T prepaid phone cards will be handed out on 40 ships and submarines that are deployed away from their homeports or are overseas, a Navy Exchange Service Command statement said Monday. The cards can be used with the Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service system, the ship’s Plain Old Telephone Service system and ashore in places where AT&T has a presence.

“This is just one small way that we can thank our service members for their dedicated service to our country,” Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said in the statement. “We hope this phone card will bring them closer to their families and friends during the holiday season.”

The ships are the Bainbridge, Bulkeley, Carney, Gettysburg, Mason, Monterey, Nitze, Ramage, San Jacinto, Simpson, Stout, The Sullivans, Truman, Mt. Whitney, Boxer, Cowpens, Freedom, Harpers Ferry, Hopper, New Orleans, Rentz, Nimitz, City of Corpus Christi, Houston, North Carolina, Santa Fe, Sea Wolf, Tucson, Curtis Wilbur, Fitzgerald, George Washington, John S. McCain, Lassen, McCampbell, Mustin, Stethem, Ashland, Bonhomme Richard, Denver and Germantown.

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