Enterprise Takes Admiral Flatley Award

Story Number: NNS080514-07Release Date: 5/14/2008 12:58:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Meredith, USS Enterprise Public Affairs

ABOARD USS ENTERPRISE (NNS) -- USS Enterprise (CVN 65) and Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1) were the recipients of the 2007 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award.

Capt. Ron Horton, Enterprise's commanding officer, announced to the crew that Big "E" won the award, May 1.

This aviation safety award, given to one aircraft carrier and associated carrier air wing and one amphibious assault ship and associated Marine expeditionary unit annually, covers a one year period. The award is based on a comprehensive evaluation of contributions to aviation safety.

During 2007, Big "E" and CVW-1 successfully completed a strenuous six-month deployment leaving a huge impact in the Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf while conducting continuous combat operations and Maritime Security Operations.

With 24,297 flight hours, 11,502 catapult launches and 192 days embarked with the air wing, the Enterprise and CVW-1 teams worked as a cohesive team to increase flight deck safety, resulting in less than $100 in damage during the entire deployment.

"The crew and air wing took safety very seriously," said Enterprise Safety Officer, Cmdr. Peter Mehl. "They got the job done. If you look at both the work-ups and cruise, we effectively operated at sea for three-fourths of a year."

Enterprise Air Boss, Capt. Ryman Shoaf noted, "The professionalism between the flight deck crew and the CVW-1 aviators and their support teams was the reason we received this recognition."

Shoaf also praised the crew's consistency and passion day in and day out during nearly six months of combat operations.

"Both organizations made monumental strides to complete all missions; not some of the time, not every other time but each and every time we were called upon to do so," added Shoaf. "Safety was the mission that made all the other missions possible, especially those that flew across the beach in support of those on the ground engaged in combat."

Horton shared those sentiments and said he could not be more proud of the men and women he serves with aboard Big "E" and CVW-1.

"We're honored to be recognized with this award," said Horton. "It is a testament to all the long hours and the hard work the entire Big "E" CVW-1 team put in. Every day they focused on safety while getting the job done, and getting the job done well. The dedication and pride they displayed this past year is unmatched. And I'm proud to be part of this team."

For more news from USS Enterprise, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn65/.

An aviation boatswain's mate directs an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the Sidewinders of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, onto one of the four steam-powered catapults.
Official U.S. Navy file photo of an aviation boatswain's mate directing an F/A-18C Hornet, attached to the "Sidewinders" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 86, onto one of the four steam-powered catapults on the flight deck of nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65).
November 1, 2007
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