GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) praised the commanding officer and his crew of fast-attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) July 7, for their safety excellence during a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington D.C.
"It is with great pleasure that I present my Secretary of the Navy 2011 Safety Excellence Award in the Submarine category to Commanding Officer, USS Alexandria in recognition of your ship's exceptional and sustained safety excellence," said SECNAV Ray Mabus. "Bravo Zulu to you and the crew of 'Twice as Strong' USS Alexandria."
Nineteen commands and installations received the 2010 Department of the Navy (DON) Safety Excellence Award for their safety programs. Recipients were awarded with a citation signed by SECNAV, plaque and the SECNAV's safety flag, which they are entitled to fly for a year.
"This award epitomizes our command's firm belief in safety, and I couldn't be more proud of my crew for receiving this honor," said Cmdr. Todd Weeks, USS Alexandria commanding officer.
USS Alexandria received the award based on their safety-focused culture which resulted in remarkable successes including zero mishaps for the entire year, zero man hours work lost, including no electrical shocks or hazards, according to the SECNAV Safety Excellence citation.
Additionally, Alexandria received a successful Board of Inspection and Survey with no significant safety discrepancies, according to the citation.
"Safety and risk management are intrinsic to effectively prepare for and complete our mission, whether at home or deployed in harm's way," said Mabus. "What you have accomplished in the last year is proof-positive of your mission first, safety always command culture and your commitment to each other, to safety excellence, to the Nation, and to the advent of the Department of the Navy as a world class safety organization."
Established in 2002 by former SECNAV Gordon R. England, the Safety Excellence Awards are designed to promote safe practices throughout DON and personally recognize those commands that have integrated an awareness of safety in everyday operations, reduced loss in man-hours, material damage, and other factors that may decrease Navy assets.
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