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March 24, 2017 / iDriveWarships

Surface Force Battle “E” Winners Announced


battle ECommander, Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) announced March 14 that 36 surface ships and four Littoral Combat Ship crews have earned Battle Effectiveness Awards for calendar year 2016. The awards are a direct reflection of the Sailors’ hard work and dedication to the ship and their role in the Surface Force.

Commonly known as the Battle “‘E”, the award is coveted amongst U.S. Navy vessels as it recognizes the ships and crews that best exemplify readiness and their capability to perform assigned wartime tasking. It also acknowledges a command’s demonstrated ability to perform efficiently in an operational environment and sustain overall superior performance in each department.

Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, announced the winners via naval message traffic and expressed his gratitude to 2016 Battle “E” recipients in the fleet-wide message.

“Congratulations to all award winners,” Rowden wrote. “Your success in meeting mission area excellence standards is noted with pleasure.”

The annual award is given to ships, submarines, and other Navy units that display the highest standards of performance during a yearlong evaluation cycle that assesses the readiness of the command to carry out required missions. To qualify for Battle “E” consideration, a surface ship must win at least four of the five Command Excellence Awards categories throughout the competitive period. Categories include: Maritime Warfare (Black “E”), Engineering/Survivability (Red “E”), Command and Control (Green “E”), Logistics Management (Blue “E”), and CNSF Ship Safety (Yellow “E”).

However, the Battle “E” isn’t just a unit award. Each Sailor who belonged to a winning command during the 2016 competition period is now eligible to wear a Battle “E” ribbon on their uniform. Sailors assigned to this year’s winning ships, who already have a Battle “E” award from a previous awarded command, can now add an additional “E” device to the ribbon.

Each Sailor serving aboard the Battle “E” winning commands can be proud that they’ve made a direct impact on the Surface Fleet’s readiness and ability to provide prompt and sustained combat operations at sea if called upon.

Congratulations to the Surface Force winners of 2016 Battle Effectiveness Awards!

Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet: 

USS AmericaUSS Bonhomme RichardUSS BoxerUSS Bunker HillUSS ChancellorsvilleUSS Chung-HoonUSS Curtis WilburUSS DextrousUSS GladiatorUSS Green BayUSS GridleyUSS Makin IslandUSS McCampbellUSS Mobile BayUSS PatriotUSS PinckneyUSS PrincetonUSS SampsonUSS San DiegoUSS SpruanceLCS Crew 103LCS Crew 206LCS Crew 212

Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet: 

USS AnzioUSS BataanUSS GravelyUSS Iwo JimaUSS MasonUSS MitscherUSS MonsoonUSS New YorkUSS PorterUSS RamageUSS San AntonioUSS San JacintoUSS The SullivansUSS SquallUSS TruxtunUSS ZephyrLCS Crew 208



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