NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT), announced the winners of the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") competition and Health Readiness Unit awards Jan. 1.
"The competition for these honors was, as always, extremely keen," said Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, in the Naval message announcing the winners. "These awards should be a source of great pride to each and every crew member. Bravo Zulu."
The Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance. The criterion for the award is the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks as a unit of the Atlantic Submarine Force, and is based on a year-long evaluation.
One submarine from each submarine squadron in the Atlantic Fleet is recognized. The awards are presented by the commodore of each squadron to the submarine under their command which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.
The 2010 COMSUBLANT Battle "E" winners, their homeports, and commanding officers are:
Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) Two (Groton, Conn.) – USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), commanded by Cmdr. Michael Savageaux.
SUBRON Four (Groton, Conn.) – USS Virginia (SSN 774), currently commanded by Cmdr. Tim Salter, but also commanded during the competition by Cmdr. James Waters.
SUBRON Six (Norfolk, Va.) – USS Albany (SSN 753), commanded by Cmdr. Thomas R. "T.R." Buchanan.
SUBRON Eight (Norfolk, Va.) – USS Boise (SSN 764), commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow.
Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve (Groton, Conn.) – USS Alexandria (SSN 757), commanded by Cmdr. Eugene Doyle.
SUBRON Sixteen (Kings Bay, Ga.) – USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Blue) commanded by Capt. Randy Crites, and USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Gold), commanded by Capt. Thomas Calabrese.
SUBRON Twenty (Kings Bay, Ga.) – USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue), currently commanded by Cmdr. Douglas Adams, but also commanded during the competition by Cmdr. Robert Clark, and USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Gold) commanded by Cmdr. Kevin Mooney.
The 2010 Health Readiness Unit Award went to USS Rhode Island (Gold). The award competition is used to promote individual command health awareness and to promote programs which encourage healthy lifestyles for submarine force Sailors.
For more information on the submarine force visit the Submarine Force web site at www.sublant.navy.mil.
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