Ike Receives Battenberg Cup

Story Number: NNS130428-01Release Date: 4/28/2013 1:36:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Yasmine Muhammad, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) Public Affairs

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- The aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) (Ike) received the Battenberg Cup in recognition of outanding achievements over the course of 2012.

The Battenberg Cup is awarded annually to the best all-around ship or submarine in the Atlantic Fleet on the accumulation of the crew's success. For Ike, the award adds to a list of honors that have been given to Ike within the past year.

"It is a proud moment and an honor to represent the fleet by receiving the Battenberg Cup," said Capt. Marcus Hitchcock, Ike's commanding officer. "The relentless dedication and superior performance these Sailors display on a continuous basis is the reason this ship continues to operate at peak efficiency."

This marks the second time the Eisenhower has won the prestigious honor. The success can be attributed to the cumulative efforts of the crew and not to individual performances.

"We are honored to be receiving this award, it is one of the most prestigious awards to acquire," said Hitchcock. "We went out on deployment ready to perform a task and we supported the mission at the highest level for the entirety of our deployment."

In 2012, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower was underway for 233 days, steaming 58,228 nautical miles to include a 6-month operational deployment in support of maritime security objectives and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Ike launched and recovered 9,859 sorties for 21,631 flight hours, including 3,313 combat sorties totaling 7,883 flight hours supporting operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility.

"This award marks the culmination of the hard work and sacrifice for each and every one of our Sailors," said Command Master Chief (AW/SW) Gregg Snaza. "This is a truly a great reward for a crew that has continued to strive above and beyond the call of duty."

In addition to earning the Battenberg Cup, Eisenhower also earned the 2012 Battle Efficiency Award and was awrded 13 of 14 individual departmental excellence awards.

Ike steadily proves her motto "Greater Each Day," displaying exceptional performance and loyal dedication to the United States and the U.S. Navy.

Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility promoting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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5/15/2013 2:42:00 PM
We are very proud of all of your accomplishments. Keep up the superior work!

5/9/2013 11:09:00 AM
Would like to know if the ship's store is available to former IKE sailors? and how to order?

4/30/2013 8:15:00 PM
My grandson, Jonathan Brown is currrently serving aboard the USS Eisenhower and I am so proud of the part he has played in acquiring this award for a great ship! Congratulations to all!

4/30/2013 5:09:00 PM
Thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication I know you have longer hours while at sea and don't have much time for sleep or freedom. What you do for all of us makes a big difference..Way to go...Hoorah!

4/30/2013 1:13:00 PM
I am so proud that my grandson Cameron Reynolds machinist's mate is stationed aboard and part of your effort.

4/30/2013 5:35:00 AM
Thanks to all of the sailors and crew members of the IKE for their great accomplishments. All of you should be very proud of yourselves,

4/30/2013 3:04:00 AM
Great Job IKE crew. I'M so proud of my son Michael Lagasse and Kristi Brawner for their achievements while out on deployment. I know that all of the families for the sailors aboard the IKE are awaiting all of your safe return. Thank you for your service and Great job!

4/29/2013 6:18:00 PM
Having been on every CVN in the Navy and having served on IKE during her 2011 PIA at NNSY as a member of her project team, I see why IKE is the 2012 Battle E and Battenburg Cup winner. Captain Hitchcock and the CMC are both top-notch sailors and genuinely care about their crew. The accolades come almost automatically when you take care of your crew. Well-Done!

4/29/2013 5:50:00 PM
So so so very Proud as a Mom, and as an American

4/29/2013 10:55:00 AM
Congrats everybody on a well done job. Good job to my cousin Daniel Contreras. Be Safe. Thank You all for keeping us Free. May God Bless You All!!

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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower departs Naval Station Norfolk.
Official U.S. Navy file photo.
June 21, 2012
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