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USS Momsen Awarded Tactics Award

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Story Number: NNS070505-05
Release Date: 5/5/2007 9:44:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Douglas G. Morrison, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest

EVERETT, Wash (NNS) -- Commander Naval Surface Forces announced USS Momsen (DDG 92) as a winner of the 2006 Unit Tactics award, April 25.

The unit tactics award is an annual award presented by the commander of Naval Surface Forces to a single ship in each squadron or group for exceptional performance in the areas of tactics proficiency, preparedness and training.

“I think what set us apart from other ships is our work outside of normal warfare areas during our deployment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michele Day, Momsen combat systems officer.

Day wrote the Unit Tactics Award nomination letter requesting Command Destroyer Squadron 9’s nomination for the award. She said the type of deployment they were on allowed them to get involved wherever they were needed.

“When a ship deploys with a strike group, it focuses on air, surface and sea warfare,” said Day. “We were independent deployers during our maiden expanded-maritime interdiction operations (E-MIO) deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Philippines.”

Momsen spent the majority of the deployment underway in waters of Southeast Asia and conducted and supported E-MIO. In addition to Momsen’s primary mission, they also provided protection for visiting U.S. forces to include serving as the point defense for USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) against small boat attacks during its whirlwind humanitarian tour, medical evacuations, and presence operations.

The commanding officer of USS Momsen, Cmdr. Michael C. Sparks, said taking command of a ship that has won this award gives him great confidence.

“The ship receiving this tactics award is a testament to the outstanding Sailors and their abilities," said Sparks.

“Tactical performance is the keystone to operational excellence in a wartime environment," said Vice Adm. Terrance Etnyre, Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

"By winning this competition, these units have demonstrated keen leadership, judgment, tactical acumen and warfighting skill above other units. Each of these units can be justifiably proud of their accomplishment.”

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