Last Monday, the cruise ship Carnival Splendor suffered a fire in the engine room, leaving her stranded 150 nautical miles southwest of San Diego. Thankfully, the Nimitz-class supercarrier USS Ronald Reagan was around and they had lots of extra Spam cans.
Yes, that's right. On top of having to deal with the lack of air conditioning, hot water, cellphone or—even worse—internet access, all those cruise passengers had to eat canned meat instead of stuffing their faces with buffet food! But fear not, humanity, because they also got other essential food supplies like refrigerated crab, the chicken of the seas.
The USS Ronald Reagan was in the area in a training exercise. After receiving a request from the US Coast Guard, the Commander of the United States' Third Fleet gave the order to dispatch 4,500 pounds of food using a HH-60H Sea Hawk helicopter from the Black Knights Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron.