GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, presented the crew of USS Providence (SSN 719) with the U.S. Atlantic Fleet 2007 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy, June 12.
The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron, one in the Atlantic Fleet and one in the Pacific Fleet, that has achieved the greatest improvement during the preceding year in operational readiness, inspections, retention and improvement in the Battle Efficiency Award program.
"For a unit this size to be the best in the Atlantic Fleet speaks volumes," said Greenert. "To do it so well in every mission area that you do is extraordinary."
Cmdr. Michael Holland, Providence's commanding officer, attributed the award to the efforts of his crew.
"This award isn't about individuals or small groups of individuals, but everyone doing their jobs very well over an extended period of time," said Holland. "It recognizes a year's worth of dedication, hard work and commitment to excellence. They should be extremely proud of what they've accomplished."
Providence deployed from Naval Submarine Base New London in September 2006 and successfully completed a demanding seven-month deployment to the Western Pacific, including multinational exercises with the Indian Navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force. Providence was awarded the Navy Expeditionary Medal and Meritorious Unit Commendation for that deployment.
Providence continued their record of outstanding performance following deployment by completing an Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination with significant improvement in all areas; made the Retention Honor Roll for Spring 2007; was awarded the Tactical Operations White "T" as part of the 2007 Battle Efficiency Award program; trained prospective commanding officers and executive officers as part of the Submarine Command Course; and earned the highest grade possible on its Tactical Readiness Exam.
With stealth, persistence, agility and firepower, fast-attack submarines like Providence are multi-mission capable - able to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity and ensure undersea superiority.
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