Nimitz Receives Meritorious Unit Commendation

Story Number: NNS100108-01Release Date: 1/8/2010 5:18:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Amara R. Timberlake, USS Nimitz Public Affairs

USS Nimitz, At Sea (NNS) -- The chief of naval operations (CNO) presented the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) the Meritorious Unit Commendation Jan. 6 during a two-day visit to the ship.

Adm. Gary Roughead, CNO, presented the award to Nimitz Commanding Officer Capt. Paul Monger and Command Master Chief (SW/AW) (CMC) Chuck Clarke in the hangar bay during an all-hands call.

"This really is the result of all the tremendous effort these Sailors have been putting in for the past two years," said Monger. "I'm very proud to lead this crew and impressed by the hard work and professionalism that encompasses what it means to be a Nimitz Sailor."

Nimitz was acknowledged for magnificent performance during two deployments separated by the first-ever carrier incremental availability, an intense 30-day maintenance period, followed by a 10-day sustainment exercise.

"This isn't something that's earned in one day," said Clarke. "It's a culmination of effort and sustained excellence by Nimitz' crew. The operative word in the award is unit, which means it's not the CMC's award or the captain's award, it is the crew's award. I'm extraordinarily proud of each and every Sailor that contributed to that effort."

From April 2007 to January 2009, Nimitz supported Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, flying more than 540 combat missions. The ship also completed an historic port visit to Chennai, India, in direct support of the 7th Fleet Area of Operation regional engagement objectives.

On her current deployment to the 5th Fleet Area of Operations, Nimitz has flown more than 2,200 combat sorties providing close air support to the coalition forces in Afghanistan.

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1/29/2010 8:24:00 AM
a job well done! as always iam proud that i was a part of the begining on nimtz "plankowner" shes an awesome ship always congratulations! carry on! i know you will! thank you for your service! and our freedoms! fair winds and follows seas to you all! GOD BLESS AMERICA!

1/11/2010 9:13:00 AM
My daughter is part of the IT Communications personnel that work very hard. I am very proud that she has made the Navy her career. I want to thank every Sailor on that ship for their courageous dedication. I want to thank them for our helping us keep our freedom we enjoy everyday.

1/9/2010 9:16:00 PM
Congratulations to the crew and Command of the USS Nimitz. Well done. This shows that you have paid attention during training and exercised it in battle. It takes a deeper commitment to achieve this commendation. I and my friends are proud to be protected by the US Military stationed around the world. Never let down, always continue to show you are the best. Freedom rings because of you. Now, as a civilian I salute you. Thank you. Ex Airman USAF.1979 Steve Zettler I SHOULD NEVER HAVE GOT OUT.!

1/8/2010 2:06:00 PM
My daughter is an ET2 on the Nimitz and I know she gives it her all every day .We are so proud of her.I can't wait to be with her on the upcoming Tiger cruise

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Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead presents the Meritorious Unit Commendation to Capt. Paul Monger.
100106-N-8273J-376 NORTH ARABIAN SEA (Jan. 6, 2010) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead presents the Meritorious Unit Commendation to Capt. Paul Monger, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68), and Nimitz Command Master Chief Charles Clarke at the conclusion of an all-hands call. Roughead is in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility meeting with senior leadership. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini Jones Vanderwyst/Released)
January 6, 2010
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