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Blink-182 brings high energy show to Nimitz.

Multiplatinum-selling band "Blink 182," comprised of singer/bassist Mark Hoppus, singer/guitarist Tom DeLonge and drummer Travis Barker came aboard USS Nimitz (CVN 68) recently, to meet with the crew and put on a rocking show in the hangar bay.

Blink 182, a pop/punk band that got their start in San Diego in 1993, is famous for songs such as "All The Small Things" and "What's My Age Again?" had the opportunity to join the Sailors for lunch while aboard.

"This was great," said Barker. "We walked in and had dinner with complete strangers who instantly became friends."

According to Hoppus, he was excited to see what it was like to live aboard an aircraft carrier.

Blink-182 completed a busy day of meeting Sailors and signing autographs with a high-energy show in typical Blink-182 style. "They were really enthusiastic," said Airman Bryan Ward, Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 97. "It took a lot of dedication to come all the way out here to entertain us."

The band sang three of the songs from their upcoming album and all of the originals for which they are famous.

According to the band, they were honored to be aboard Nimitz. "This is an awesome experience. It is so unreal," said DeLonge. "I have a personal tie to the military, because my brother is in the military and a lot of my wife's family is in the military."

According to Barker, he was excited about coming to the carrier, but nervous about traveling to the Middle East. "Meeting the people outweighed everything that scared me, though," he said.

For many Sailors aboard Nimitz, the concert will be one of the most memorable moments of the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployment.

"This was the best experience that I have had since I have been on board Nimitz," said Aviation Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (AW) Dan Colby, of VFA 97. "They are really down-to-earth people, and it was great to have the opportunity to meet them."

The band expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the sacrifices the crew of Nimitz and CVW-11 make. "We are honored to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said Hoppus. "We may never get another chance to play a show on an aircraft carrier. Thanks for having us on board. Go Navy."

Story by OS2 Carla Morton, who is assigned to the public affairs office USS Nimitz
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Title Annotation:Around the Fleet
Author:Morton, Carla
Publication:All Hands
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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