Commander, Submarine Group Two


USS Alexandria to Receive the SECNAV Safety Excellence Award

The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) will receive the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Safety Excellence Award at an upcoming ceremony in Washington D.C., July 7.

The ceremony, hosted by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus,  will be held at the U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center Theater and will recognize Navy and Marine Corps units ashore and afloat for their safety excellence during 2010. Yearly the SECNAV Safety Excellence Awards are held to recognize the safety accomplishments of shore, aviation, fleet support, acquisition, and afloat units that are testament to adopting safety as a command culture.

“We are deeply honored to receive the Safety Excellence award from the Secretary of the Navy,” said Cmdr. Todd Weeks, commanding officer, USS Alexandria. “The Secretary of the Navy views safety as a top priority and believes it is everyone’s responsibility. Our command climate embodies this very principle.”

Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead has been invited to attend to personally congratulate the Navy commands that are receiving Safety Excellence awards.

According to the June 15 ALNAV message, USS Alexandria is one of 19 recipients to receive this top honor. By receiving the SECNAV Safety Excellence Award, USS Alexandria will be authorized to fly the SECNAV safety flag for the next year signifying to all that their command is proof-positive of applying safety in their mission.

Last year USS Nevada (SSBN 733) received top honors in the afloat submarine category.