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September 27, 2013 / iDriveWarships

USS Mobile Bay Wins Spokane Trophy

Commander, Naval Air Force Reserve; Deputy Commander, Naval Air Forces; and Deputy Commander Naval Air Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Rear Adm. Douglas J. Asbjornsen (left), poses for a photo with FC2 Newsome and BM2 Bloodworth, who accepted the 2012 Spokane Trophy plaque from retired Navy Capt. Ted McGregor, president of the Spokane Navy League (right), during a ceremony aboard  USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), Sept. 27.

The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) was awarded the prestigious 2012 Spokane Trophy today during a ceremony on the ship’s flight deck.

The Spokane Trophy is an annual award sponsored by the Spokane, Wash., Council of the Navy League of the United States and is presented to the Pacific Fleet’s Surface ship with the highest level of operational readiness in areas ranging from coordinated air warfare, surface warfare and undersea warfare operations.

The award was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval warfighting proficiency. The actual trophy, created from 400 ounces of silver and valued in excess of $4 million, was donated by the Navy League and is kept on permanent display at the Naval Surface Force headquarters building in San Diego.

A plaque was presented to the Mobile Bay crew by retired Navy Capt. Ted McGregor, president of the Spokane Navy League. During the ceremony, McGregor spoke about colorful history of the Spokane Trophy, its beginnings as an award for excellence in naval gunnery marksmanship, and its unique ties to Theodore Roosevelt and the silver industry in the Spokane area.

Mobile Bay received the award for attaining excellence in air, surface and undersea warfare areas. The ship set a new performance standard while serving as the air defense commander for back-to-back deployments in the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group.

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