BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- The Blue and Gold crews of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) was presented with the 2018 Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award at the Armed Forces Gala at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, May 18.
The award, also known as the Olympic Bowl Trophy, is announced annually by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League and given to the top ballistic missile submarine in the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Rear Admiral Douglas Perry, Commander, Submarine Group 9, and Command Master Chief Kevin Scarff presented the award to the crews commanding officers, Capt. Ryan Heilman and Cmdr. Edward Fulz during the gala.
"Tonight we honor the hard work and excellence of two exceptional crews," said Rear Adm. Douglas Perry, commander, Submarine Group 9. "Both Nevada crews consistently demonstrated superior performance in all mission areas throughout 2018 and Nevada was a top tactical, strategic, and engineering performer.”
USS Nevada demonstrated exceptional service throughout 2018, supporting the nation's strategic deterrence mission with two patrols. The boat also achieved superior marks in every readiness evaluation during the year, a process which helps determine the award recipient.
“Nevada's leadership is strongly committed to quality of service and each Sailor's professional development, because of this, Nevada is the most effective Trident submarine in the Pacific Northwest and an outstanding example of our nation's strategic forces,” said Perry. “This award is a testament that these crews have the skills, wisdom and dedication to keep their ship ready."
These areas include weapons system performance and readiness, navigation performance and practices, communication system performance, material condition and engineering readiness, personnel readiness, initiative in promoting new operational concepts, and tactical readiness.
The Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award was initiated in 1984 by Rear Adm. Willis "Pilly" A. Lent, who was serving as Navy League Council President. The first awardee was the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Michigan (SSBN 727).
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