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Ike Awarded Battle "E"

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Story Number: NNS070225-05
Release Date: 2/25/2007 3:21:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Seth Scarlett, USS Dwight D. Eisenhower

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, At Sea (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) earned the Commander Naval Air Force Carrier Battle Efficiency “E” award for the East Coast, calendar year 2006.

The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships that display the maximum condition of readiness in their group, and for their capability to perform their wartime responsibilities.

The Battle “E” award is presented by the respective type commanders (TYCOM) to the carrier under their cognizance, which has achieved the highest level of battle readiness.

Capt. Dan Cloyd, Ike’s commanding officer, credits the crew with the success. “I’m proud, honored and privileged to serve with and be a part of such a great team of leaders, mentors and sea warriors,” said Cloyd.

Respective TYCOMs present departmental awards at the end of the competitive cycle to individual departments having achieved outstanding levels of departmental readiness, prerequisite to the winner of the Battle “E.”

“Ike receiving the award is the culmination of a lot of hard work, dedication and what can be summed up as the relentless pursuit of excellence all aboard our great warship,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Martin, Ike’s training officer.

The award came after a busy year filled with challenges.

“[The team’s] enduring commitment to building the highest levels of crew, ship and family readiness allowed us to excel during an exceptionally challenging year that included the full Fleet Response Training Plan, a Board of Inspection and Survey Material Inspection, an Operational Reactor Safeguards Examination, and the first part of a deployment to the gulf region,” said Cloyd. “They are truly the finest men and women our nation has to offer — they are the reason I continue to serve.”

The accomplishment also marked a milestone in Ike’s return to the Fleet following her nearly four-year-long Refueling Complex Overhaul (RCOH) period that came to a close in 2005.

“Other Sailors will see the Battle “E” on the ship and know that we’ve done great things,” said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Klaszky, Ike’s damage control assistant.

Reflecting daily management of departmental and shipwide battle readiness requirements, competitive exercises are graded by the immediate superior in command (ISIC) or observers specifically assigned by the ISIC. The ISIC and ships coordinate with TYCOM and Afloat Training Group teams to take advantage of subject matter experts to grade competitive exercises during training and assessment visits. At the end of each competitive cycle, the TYCOM will compute the readiness levels of each ship based on reports received, and will assign relative values within each competitive grouping and for each major inspection.

“Congratulations to USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for your selection as Battle “E” winners,” Vice Adm. James Zortman, commander Naval Air Forces said. “As well for your hard work and demonstrated superior performance.”

Ike competed against five different carriers for the East Coast Battle “E” award.

Ike is the flagship for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG), which includes its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 7, and embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 28; guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68); guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61); and the guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87).

The Ike CSG departed Naval Station Norfolk on Oct. 3, for a regularly scheduled deployment in support of maritime security operations and entered the Commander, 5th Fleet area of operations on Oct. 30.

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