Surface Force Ships, Crews Earn Battle "E"


Story Number: NNS070219-04Release Date: 2/19/2007 11:10:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paula M. Ludwick, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific




Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Twenty-nine ships and six crews were announced as winners of the 2006 Battle Effectiveness, or Battle "E," award Feb. 16.

The Battle "E" is awarded annually to ships that demonstrate the highest state of departmental readiness in their group, and their ability to execute their
wartime tasks.

"Congratulations to all award winners. Your success in meeting mission area excellence standards is noted with pleasure," said Vice Adm. Terry Etnyre, commander, Naval Surface Forces.

Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Japan had the following winners: USS John S. McCain (DDG 56), USS Patriot (MCM 7) and USS Essex (LHD 2).

Hawaii-based recipients of the award are USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Lake Erie (CG 70).

Everrett, Wash.-based USS Ford (FFG 54) received the award.

San Diego homeported award winners are: USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Howard (DDG 83), USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Ogden (LPD 5), USS Rushmore (LSD 47) and USS Bunker Hill (CG 52).

Mayport, Fla. had the following winners: USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Boone (FFG 28), USS De Wert (FFG 45) and USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

Norfolk, Va. award recipients include: USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Monterey (CG 61), USS McFaul (DDG 74), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Mahan (DDG 72), USS Bulkeley
(DDG 84), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), USS Trenton (LPD 14), USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) and USS Stout (DDG 55).

The mine countermeasure ships include: Crew Constant, Crew Exultant, and Crew Fearless.

The patrol coastal crews include: Crew Bravo, Crew Charlie, and Crew Hotel.

A ship's sustained superior performance in six different areas contributes to the award. These areas are Maritime Warfare; Engineering and Survivability; Command, Control, Communications, and Information Warfare; Logistics Management; Commander, Naval Surface Force Safety Award and the Efficiency Excellence Award.

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