ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise's (CVN 65) commanding officer announced to the crew June 6, that for the first time in the ship's 46-year history, Big E earned the prestigious Battenberg Cup in recognition of the crew's achievements in operational excellence.
The Battenberg Cup Award for the Atlantic Fleet Battle Efficiency Award winner goes to the ship or submarine selected as the "best all-around" for the Atlantic Fleet based on the greatest accumulation of crew achievements.
"It goes back to the old saying that it's the crew that is the winner of this award, not the ship," said Capt. John D. Dixon, Enterprise executive officer. "The crew of the Big E earned this award and they are so deserving of this."
Before being considered for this award, the nominee must have first earned the battle efficiency competition.
"They take the 'Battle E' winners from all the carriers, amphibs, submarines, cruisers and frigates, and they compete for the best of the best in the Atlantic Fleet. And the Big E is the best," said Capt. John D. Dixon, Enterprise executive officer.
Other criteria include performance in completion for the sportsmanship awards, type commander Sailor of the Year Award, the Golden Anchor Award for retention, the Captain Edward F. Ney Award for food service, The Secretary of the Navy Energy Award and command excellence awards. Other information, such as operating schedules, commitments and unusual factors contributing to the nomination may also be considered.
"I am so proud of the men and women on this great ship. They truly are a class act and deserving of all the honors that they receive."
Capt. Horton and the Big E crew welcome the recognition and accolades they've achieved for their efforts in 2007 and acknowledge this is an accomplishment built on more than just one year. Horton says this is just another chapter in the Enterprise legacy.
"There is no prouder feeling for me than when I walk aboard this great ship," added Horton. "The name alone carries so much tradition and such a glorious heritage. Whenever we accomplish something significant, we know it is not just about us.
"It is about the thousands who have gone before us and the thousands who have sailed on all the great ships that have bore the name Enterprise. This is yet another Bravo Zulu in the life of the legend we know as Big E."
The Battenberg Cup originated in 1905 when Prince Louis of Battenberg donated the three-foot high, silver-plated cup to the U.S. Navy. He commanded a British armored cruiser squadron which made port visits along the Atlantic seaboard and gave the trophy the commander of the North Atlantic Fleet at the time as a symbol of his appreciation.
Battenberg requested the trophy become a challenge cup between U.S. and British Sailors. Only once in 34 years of competition and 52 challenges did the U.S. Navy lose the cup to the British.
The criteria for earning the Battenberg Cup changed in 1977.
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