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Surface Ships Receive Battle Efficiency Awards

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Story Number: NNS030310-04
Release Date: 3/10/2003 5:45:00 PM

By Journalist 2nd Class Jason Heavner, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces, Vice Adm. Timothy LaFleur has named 42 surface force ships winners of the Battle Efficiency Award for 2002.

The San Diego-based ships are USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Duluth (LPD 6), USS McClusky (FFG 41), USS Milius (DDG 69), USS Mount Vernon (LSD 39), USS Oldendorf (DD 972) and USS Shiloh (CG 67). The patrol coastal ship USS Monsoon (PC 4) is receiving its first award.

Other Pacific surface ships named include USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), USS Gary (FFG 51) and USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49) and USS Patriot (MCM 7), forward-deployed to Sasebo, Japan. USS Paul F Foster (DD 964) and USS Bridge (AOE 10) are both stationed in Everett, Wash. Three Pearl Harbor-based ships, USS Russell (DDG 59), USS Port Royal (CG 73) and the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship, USS Salvor (ARS 52), also received awards.

For the Atlantic Fleet, the ships selected include USS Cape St. George (CG 71), USS Devastator (MCM 6), USS DeWert (FFG 45), USS Dextrous (MCM 13), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Grapple (ARS 53), USS Hawes (FFG 53), USS Laboon (DDG 58), USS LaSalle (AGF 3), USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), USS USS McFaul (DDG 74), USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20), USS Normandy (CG 60), USS Portland (LSD 37), USS Ramage (DDG 61), USS Seattle (AOE 3), USS Tempest (PC 2), USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), USS Vicksburg (CG 69), USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) and USS Yorktown (CG 48).

The Battle 'E' award recognizes sustained superior performance in an operational environment within a command. To qualify for Battle E consideration, a ship must win a minimum of three out of four command excellence awards, as outlined in the surface force training manual, and be nominated by their immediate superior in command.

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