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San Diego Chargers hold walkthrough aboard an aircraft carrier (photos)

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(via @chargers)

On Wednesday, as the team prepared for its meaningless and thankfully final preseason game, the San Diego Chargers paid a visit to the USS Ronald Reagan, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier docked at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.

The team did so to honor and thank the men and women aboard the vessel for their service to our nation.

Said Charges safety Eric Weddle: “This has been amazing for us to come out here and share our support, love and admiration for the people who protect us. This is something we look forward to as players.  We definitely like to get out of our norm and our facility, so to be able to come out and have fun on the deck of a warship, it doesn’t get any better than that.”

With the strong U.S. military presence in the San Diego area, the armed forces and the Chargers have shared a very close relationship over the years. Vice Admiral David Buss, in charge of all aircraft carriers, praised the team for taking the time to pay a visit to the carrier and the servicemen and servicewomen aboard.

“This is terrific,” he said. “Like I mentioned in my remarks, the community outreach and relationship that exists in San Diego between the military and the local community exemplified by the San Diego Chargers, it is unlike anything I’ve seen anywhere else in the country.  For the young sailors in particular, this is a great opportunity.  They come to the stadium on Sundays or sit at home and watch them on TV, these are the professional athletes that they root and cheer for. So to interact with them here on their turf on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is really pretty special.”

“This is a great opportunity for us to say thank you to the men and women who serve our country,” said head coach Mike McCoy.  “With everything they do for us, they’re big fans of ours and big supporters of the San Diego Chargers, so it’s great for us to be here.  They are excited to have us here, but as excited as they are for the players and organization, we might even be more so.  We’re very fortunate to be here.”

A couple of photos (more available here) from the event that were uploaded to Twitter and Instagram by the Chargers:

Cue the theme from “Top Gun,” please. Just because.

[H/T SB Nation]

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