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March 17, 2017 / iDriveWarships

Copeman Award Winners Announced

SAN DIEGO (March 15, 2017) Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents the 2016 Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award to commanding officer, Cmdr. Joshua Menzel and the crew of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111). The award is given to ships for high levels of performance during material inspections, and recognizes the crew’s efforts. The award was named for Copeman, a former commander of SURFPAC, who believed that material readiness was the foundation to the Navy’s warfighting ability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released) 170315-N-MB306-130

SAN DIEGO (March 15, 2017) Vice Adm. Tom Rowden, commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presents the 2015 Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award to commanding officer, Cmdr. Joshua Menzel and the crew of USS Spruance (DDG 111). The award is given to ships for high levels of performance during material inspections, and recognizes the crew’s efforts. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd 2nd Class Zachary Bell/Released) 170315-N-MB306-130

Congratulations to USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) and USS Spruance (DDG 111) for winning the annual Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award for calendar year 2015.

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 09, 2016) The guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) sails the Pacific Ocean operating as part of the Great Green Fleet. Providing a combat-ready force to protect collective maritime interests, Mobile Bay is assigned to the Stennis strike group, and is currently on a regularly scheduled Western Pacific deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released) 160209-N-MJ645-047

PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 09, 2016) USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) sails the Pacific Ocean operating as part of the Great Green Fleet. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley/Released) 160209-N-MJ645-047

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.

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 14, 2016) The guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing a seven-month deployment. Spruance, along with guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73) and USS Momsen (DDG 92), deployed in support of maritime security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region as part of the inaugural U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group under Commander, Destroyer Squadron (CDS) 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chelsea D. Daily/Released) 161114-N-GR718-085

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 14, 2016) USS Spruance (DDG 111) arrives at Naval Base San Diego after completing a seven-month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chelsea D. Daily/Released) 161114-N-GR718-085

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.

Previous Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award winners include the inaugural calendar year 2014 awardees, USS Champion (MCM 4) and USS Sampson (DDG 102).

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