NEW YORK (NNS) -- Amid the celebration in Manhattan of the 100th anniversary of the Great White Fleet, the commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet visited USS Nassau (LHA 4) Oct. 11 to recognize 12 Sailors for their work during the ship's recent disaster response mission in Galveston, Texas.
Vice Adm. Mel Williams Jr., embarked Nassau shortly after the ship's arrival in New York City to present awards to Sailors who played a large role in Nassau's successful humanitarian mission in Galveston. They provided support to civil authorities as the city began its recovery from the devastation left by Hurricane Ike in September.
"You went down there and did a phenomenal job," said Williams. "I just wanted to come by this morning, look you in the eye and say this Sailor thanks you for what you do for our nation and our Navy."
Williams said it was a solid combination of both good officers and enlisted Sailors that made the mission in Galveston work so well.
"I'm very proud to serve in our Navy, to be commander of the Second Fleet, and to be associated with USS Nassau," he said.
He went on to say that he was impressed with Nassau's performance and considered it a priority to personally say 'thank you' to all the Sailors on board.
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