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USS Bunker Hill Receives Spokane Trophy

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS070510-15
Release Date: 5/10/2007 6:23:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Paula M. Ludwick, Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- The San Diego-based guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) has been named the winner of the 2006 Spokane Trophy Award by the commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

The Spokane Trophy is given to the surface ship that displays overall excellence in combat systems readiness and warfare operations.

“It is an honor to receive this award, but particularly so in the Spokane Trophy’s 100th year,” said Capt. Charles Gaouette, Bunker Hill commanding officer. “Inscribed on the Spokane Trophy are the names of the ships that have won the award for the last 100 years. I am proud of what this crew has accomplished and that they have placed their names next to the giants of the Pacific Fleet who preceded them.”

The award was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval warfighting proficiency. The trophy was originally donated by the Spokane, Wash., Navy League and is now kept on display at Naval Surface Forces headquarters in San Diego. The Navy League will present the award plaque to Bunker Hill on June 8, during the Portland Rose Festival.

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