SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The hard work and dedication that earned USS Boxer (LHD 4) the 2003 Battle Efficiency award was again recognized when the ship was awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award in May.
The Marjorie Sterrett award is presented annually to the two most deserving ships in the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, based on overall readiness. USS Scout (MCM 8) won the award for the Atlantic Fleet.
"Selection for this award is a reflection of the professionalism and dedication of these two ships over the past year," said a message from Adm. Vern Clark, Chief of Naval Operations, announcing the award.
Highlights of Boxer's success over the past year included exceptional operational readiness, an outstanding safety record, superior focus on training and personal development, and effectively accomplishing every mission with excellence while deployed 10 out of 15 months from January 2003 to May 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"We have great leadership, and apply operational risk management in all levels of the chain of command and in every evolution. Our Sailors are well trained, motivated and do what needs to get done," said Boxer's Safety Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Peter J. Zameska.
The Marjorie Sterrett award is a monetary award that will be placed into Boxer's recreation fund, which means Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) can provide more events, discounts, and fun for Boxer Sailors to enjoy during liberty time with family and friends.
"We can let our Sailors take advantage of the events in San Diego," MWR Representative Lt. j.g. Brett H. Thompson said. "This is also an opportunity for us to replace old sporting goods equipment and provide more activities while under way. The Marjorie Sterrett is a great honor, and I hope we continue our success."
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