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Five Pacific Subs Receive Unit Awards

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS051006-02
Release Date: 10/6/2005 1:41:00 PM

By Lori Cravalho, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- Five submarines assigned to Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, have been given unit awards for deployments made to the Western Pacific.

USS Charlotte (SSN 766), USS Tucson (SSN 770), USS Honolulu (SSN 718), USS La Jolla (SSN 701) and USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) were all recognized for outstanding operational performance during deployments in 2003 and 2004.

Tucson and Charlotte both received the Navy Unit Commendation. City of Corpus Christi received the Meritorious Unit Commendation, while Honolulu and La Jolla received Letters of Commendation from the Secretary of the Navy.

According to the award citations, each of the submarines successfully completed missions that were vital to national security while operating in a challenging environment.

“These awards are a direct reflection of how submarines make real, substantive contributions to our nation's security on a daily basis,” said Rear. Adm. Jeffrey Cassias, commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, who was on hand to present the Navy Unit Commendation to the crew of Tucson Oct. 4.

“Even in peacetime, submarines perform challenging missions that help maintain regional stability, dissuade potential adversaries, and provide valuable information to our nation's decision makers,” Cassias said.

Tucson, which returned from its Western Pacific deployment in November 2004, was successful in accomplishing its challenging missions due to the efforts of the crew, said Cmdr. James Pitts, the submarine's commanding officer.

“The deployment was handled professionally and all missions were met highly successful,” said Pitts. “It’s a testament to the crew’s professionalism and efforts that they put in last year, so it’s a tangible reward and award of their efforts.”

Cmdr. Dennis Carpenter, commanding officer of Charlotte, also credited his crew for the submarine's superior performance during its deployment, which ended in January.

“It was the result of significant pre-deployment preparation, the highly effective deckplate leadership of Charlotte’s chief’s quarters and a dedicated and effective wardroom of submarine warfare leaders,” said Carpenter. “Every crew member contributes to receipt of an award like this. They simply did it all extremely well.”

City of Corpus Christi, based in Guam, was recognized for operations it conducted in the Western Pacific between August 2003 and September 2004. According to the award citation, City of Corpus Christi's crew "displayed exceptional tactical skill and perseverance while operating under extremely challenging conditions to gather high-value intelligence and prepare the battlespace for future operations."

La Jolla was commended for its last deployment from February to August 2004, during which time it conducted an operation and participated in a number of exercises including Pacific Reach.

Honolulu, which returned from its deployment in October 2004, was commended for conducting operations important to national security and for participating in several exercises including JASEX-2004 and Summer Pulse.

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