SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Capt. Brian Davies, commodore, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11, presented the 2016 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award to the Undersea Rescue Command (URC), June 30, at Naval Air Station North Island.
Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) announced the award an official message released to the submarine force Jan. 1.
The Battle "E" is an award of merit presented to the most proficient submarine or command crew in each squadron and recognizes sustained superior technical performance and continual combat readiness throughout the year.
Crews must demonstrate superior achievement during certifications and qualifications, to be nominated for the award. The awards are presented by the commodore of each squadron to the unit under their command that has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year. Sailors who were assigned to URC from Oct. 15, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016 are authorized to wear the Battle "E" ribbon.
"The competition for Battle Effectiveness awards was extremely tough," said Rear Adm. Frederick J. Roegge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in a message to the force. "These awards recognize commands which were evaluated during the past year to have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime task. Each crew member of an award winner can be justifiably proud of their contributions to improve Pacific performance. I am extremely proud of your outstanding performance. Well done and congratulations!"
"This awarding of the Battle Effectiveness 'E' is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Undersea Rescue Command and Phoenix International, Inc. team in maintaining and operating the U.S. Navy's sole submarine rescue capability at superior readiness levels and executing submarine rescue mobilization and diving operations in international exercises at a world class level," said Cmdr. John Doney, Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 deputy of URC. "Only a handful of nations execute submarine rescue operations at this peak performance level and Undersea Rescue Command is at the forefront within this select community."
URC's mission is worldwide submarine assessment, intervention, and rescue. As a leader in undersea rescue, URC conducts numerous undersea exercises and conferences throughout the world. URC is comprised of approximately 145 personnel - 45 active-duty officers and enlisted Sailors, 35 contractors, and around 65 reservists.
"I am incredibly proud of all the hard work the men and women here at URC have done," said Lt. Cmdr. John Babick, executive officer, URC. "We have a phenomenal team of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to ensure they are ready when the time comes to rescue Sailors from a submerged, disabled submarine anywhere in the world. Everyone here at URC is 100 percent dedicated to rescuing survivors regardless of nationality."
URC's undersea rescue capabilities include the Remotely Operated Vehicle, Submarine Rescue Chamber, and the Pressurized Rescue Module. URC is assigned to Submarine Squadron 11, which consists of five Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines, and the floating dry-dock Arco (ARDM 5).
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