NORFOLK (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman won the 2004 East Coast Battle Efficiency (Battle 'E') Award for the second consecutive year.
Crew members learned of the win as the ship pulled into its homeport of Norfolk, Va., April 18 from its six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.
"I feel that winning has a lot to do with the character of the people here," said Truman Command Master Chief CMDCM (AW/SW) Clarence Frye. "With us coming out of the yards and building up to the cruise - we've done a great job here ensuring that the Fleet Response Plan works."
In addition, Truman won a number of other departmental awards, earning the Battle 'E' for Air, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Combat Systems, Damage Control, Nuclear Engineering, Medical, Navigation, Operations, Supply and Weapons.
"I thought it was great when I heard we won the Battle 'E' a second time," said Yeoman 3rd Class (AW) Andres Hueso. "It shows that we're the best ship out there and that we can withstand anything."
Truman Sailors continue to aggressively strive toward excellence, even during the ship's post-deployment leave period. After the period is over, Truman crew members will continue to stay surge-ready.
"TSTA (Tailored Ship's Training Availability) and FEP (Final Evaluation Problem) last year were a very aggressive training period for the ship," said Frye. "We focused a lot on training. We proved that we knew what we were doing and carried it out throughout the year."
USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) received the award for the West Coast.
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