Copeman Award Winners Announced
The award focuses on recognizing not only the material condition of the ship but also the hard work required of the crew to maintain that condition of excellence.
“USS Mobile Bay and USS Spruance’s superb performance during their MCI [Material Condition Inspection] reflected a strong commitment to establishing and maintaining a shipboard culture of material readiness,” said Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC). “Their steady strain approach, pride in ownership, and self-sufficiency ensured their ships were kept consistently materially fit to fight. Congratulations!”
Named after a former SURFPAC commander who believed that material readiness was the foundation to the Navy’s warfighting ability, Rowden got the idea for the award shortly after taking command. A brief time later the annual Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award was borne. It’s made up of two categories: young ships – those less than 15 years old, and the ships requiring additional work to maintain – those more than 15 years old.
Recognizing the recently announced calendar year 2015 winners, USS Mobile Bay was awarded top honors in the ships older than 15 category and USS Spruance was given top honors in the ships younger than 15 years category.