NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) was awarded its third consecutive East Coast Battle Efficiency Award, March 24.
During 2005, Truman completed a six-month deployment to the Persian Gulf supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom by providing close air support to the coalition troops on the ground.
Truman's Commanding Officer, Capt. James P. Gigliotti, expressed high praise for the top-notch Sailors who made this award possible.
"Once again a great crew is recognized for sustained superior performance and getting the job done right," said Gigliotti.
Cmdr. Doug Carsten, Truman's air boss, has been aboard since June 2004 and said the professional atmosphere and positive attitude of the crew is key to the success of the ship.
"Whenever you come to a command with an outstanding crew, you hope to maintain the edge," said Carsten. "This crew has carried the torch and done an outstanding job."
Truman's air department was also honored with the Yellow 'E' departmental award for battle efficiency, thanks to the hard work of its Sailors during the long and hard fly days in the Persian Gulf.
"We flew expanded fly-days, and put planes over Iraq by starting early and going late to support the air wing," said Carsten.
In addition to the air department, Truman won a number of other departmental efficiency awards, including the aircraft intermediate maintenance department, combat systems, damage control, deck, engineering, security, supply and weapons.
Harry S. Truman is currently conducting a dry-docked planned incremental availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, and is scheduled to return to sea later this year.
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