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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Unfortunately when it comes to the Super Bowl, for Chargers fans it's wait until next year. But for a group of local sailors, this weekend's big game has a real connection.

Like many sailors serving our country, Ensign Timothy Mahoney is far from home.

"I was born and raised in Green Bay and lived there my whole life before I went to college," Timsaid.

But as a main propulsion division officer, he's right at home right here in San Diego.

"When I graduated from the naval academy, we were able to select our ships," he said.

Tim chose the USS Green Bay.

"Our primary mission is to transport Marines and drop them off where they need to go what we consider to go do God's work," Lt. Carl Bayes said.

Forget Navy blue or battleship gray, the USS Green Bay is decked out in green, gold and white and will carry the colors with them when its 300 enlisted sailors and 30 officers head out next month.

"There's no way I'm going to get homesick on deployment. There are Green Bay street signs all around the ship. It's covered in Packers stuff. It will be a home away from home for me," Tim said.

Meanwhile, back in Green Bay, Tim's dad is a local CBS legend.

"My dad has been the chief meteorologist at Channel 5 in Green Bay for about 30 years now," Tim said.

For now, Tim stands watch on the bridge, keeping an eye out for the enemy.

"I haven't seen too many Pittsburgh fans on the ship. If there are, they are probably in hiding right now. Everything's pretty much go Packers," Tim said.

Today Timothy Mahoney is on duty doing the job he loves for the country he loves. But come Sunday we'll understand if he's a little distracted because his mind will be in Dallas, his heart in Green Bay and his body right here in San Diego.

Unfortunately when it comes to the Super Bowl, for Chargers fans it's wait until next year. But for a group of local sailors, this weekend's big game has a real connection.
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