Surface Force Battle “E” Winners Announced
Commander, 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!
USS America, USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Boxer, USS Bunker Hill, USS Chancellorsville, USS Chung-Hoon, USS Curtis Wilbur, USS Dextrous, USS Gladiator, USS Green Bay, USS Gridley, USS Makin Island, USS McCampbell, USS Mobile Bay, USS Patriot, USS Pinckney, USS Princeton, USS Sampson, USS San Diego, USS Spruance, LCS Crew 103, LCS Crew 206, LCS Crew 212
USS Anzio, USS Bataan, USS Gravely, USS Iwo Jima, USS Mason, USS Mitscher, USS Monsoon, USS New York, USS Porter, USS Ramage, USS San Antonio, USS San Jacinto, USS The Sullivans, USS Squall, USS Truxtun, USS Zephyr, LCS Crew 208