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USS Santa Fe Awarded Navy Unit Commendation

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Story Number: NNS050503-11
Release Date: 5/3/2005 6:06:00 PM

By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Rear Adm. Jeffrey B. Cassias, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SUBPAC), presented the Navy Unit Commendation award to the crew of USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) April 29.

Santa Fe received the award for meritorious service and outstanding performance of duty in the conduct of operations of vital importance to national security as a unit of the Pacific Fleet from September 2003 to March 2004.

According to Cmdr. Steve Perry, commanding officer of Santa Fe, the award reflects a crew that worked hard to have a successful deployment.

“It was a real honor for the ship and the crew to receive the Navy Unit Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy and a special honor to have the admiral award it to the crew, said Perry. “Their hard work and dedication through the last deployment is a testament to the outstanding Sailors that man the Santa Fe, and I am proud and lucky to be their commanding officer.”

Cassias, who took command of SUBPAC April 20, said the submariners of Santa Fe are a great example of how vital the submarine force is today.

“This award is a reflection that you guys are doing an important job out there and what you do is recognized by the leadership of the Navy,” said Cassias. “The submarine force is very relevant today - we are the nation’s 9-1-1 force.”

“You guys are certainly on the right track to represent the best of the best here in the submarine force and in Pearl Harbor,” he said. “I am glad to have you as part of the Pacific submarine force.”

Also on hand for the award presentation was Cmdr. Andrew Hale, the commanding officer of Santa Fe during the award period and current deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam.

Established by the Secretary of the Navy Dec. 18, 1944, and awarded by the secretary with the approval of the President, this unit commendation is conferred on any ship, aircraft, detachment or other unit of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps which distinguished itself by outstanding heroism in action against the enemy, but not sufficient to warrant award of the Presidential Unit Citation.

It is also awarded for extremely meritorious service not involving combat but in support of military operations, which were outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service.



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