Sailors Of The Year Talk 'Enterprise' Voyage

By Caillan
March 29, 2003 - 9:33 AM

See Also: 'First Flight' Episode Guide

Real-life sailors from the USS Enterprise CVN 65 spoke recently of their experience filming walk-on roles in an upcoming episode of Enterprise.

"This is a life's dream, a once-in-a-lifetime experience," Aviation Administrationman 2nd Class James D. Frey told The Waterline. "You can't get any closer to Star Trek than this."

Frey, Navy Counsellor 1st Class Kathy J. Grant and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Thomas P. Hunt, the USS Enterprise's "Sailors of the Year", filmed cameo appearances in the episode "First Flight" (story) earlier this month. They continued the yearly tradition begun in 2002, when three sailors featured in "Desert Crossing".

Grant said she felt right at home on the Enterprise set. "It's a lot like being in the military, at times. You're rushing around, working hard, followed by long lulls of waiting and anticipation of what's next."

For Corpsman Hunt, it was an experience to share with his grandchildren. "This will be on reruns for years to come. When I'm 60, I'll be able to say, 'Hey, that's me on Enterprise'."

And what was the assessment of their commanding officer for the day, Enterprise star Scott Bakula (Jonathan Archer)? "They did a great job, a wonderful job," the actor said. "They were very prominent in the scene. [...] This is the second year in a row we've done this. It's a fantastic way of rewarding these qualified, high performing sailors."

"First Flight" will air May 14 on UPN. The original article is available here at

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