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USS Nebraska Gold Earns The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS200608-05
Release Date: 6/8/2020 3:52:00 PM

By Petty Officer 1st Class Andrea Perez, Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

SILVERDALE, Wash. (NNS) -- Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet recently named the gold crew of the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) winner of The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy for 2019.

The trophy is awarded annually to one ship or aircraft squadron from both the Pacific and Atlantic Fleet for having achieved the greatest improvement in battle efficiency during the calendar year, based upon the battle efficiency competition.

Nebraska Gold's Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Alex Baerg, from Everett, Washington, is proud of all his crew has accomplished in the short time since returning Nebraska to strategic service in 2018.

"They have gone from a crew well-versed in shipyard work controls with no sea time, to a crew well-trained for the entire breadth of SSBN missions," said Baerg. "The crew is very diligent about finding creative solutions to problems and aren't willing to simply accept defeat. The ship's schedule over the last year has been challenging and ever-changing, but the crew greets each challenge with mission accomplishment and tenacity."

Prior to her return to service, Nebraska underwent a 41-month engineered refueling overhaul to extend the life of the submarine by 20 years.

"The crew is excited for the recognition of their work and glad to see the payoff of their efforts," said Senior Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Chase M. Krause, from Fort Worth, Texas, chief of the Boat, USS Nebraska (Gold). "The crew has spent many late hours honing their skills in all facets of battle readiness. Their efforts, combined with the strong team dynamic they have developed, has pushed them to new levels of success."

The award is named in honor of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, who had a distinguished Naval career for more than 38 years, in which he made vital contributions to the Navy in many key warfare areas, including battle efficiency, new tactical concepts, weapon systems and Naval leadership.

In a letter of congratulations to Baerg and his crew, Rear Adm. Doug Perry, commander, Submarine Group 9, said he was happy to see USS Nebraska Gold's name on the trophy.

"The competition is always keen for this prestigious award, so you and your crew should be justifiably proud of your accomplishments," said Perry. "Congratulations and keep charging!"

Nebraska was commissioned in Groton, Connecticut, July 10, 1993. She was the first Ohio-class submarine to visit Europe and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Nebraska has also been awarded the Omaha Trophy for excellence in strategic deterrence and two Battle Efficiency Awards.

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