Commander, Submarine Group Two

Cmdr. Paul Dinius, USS Helena's commanding officer, left, and Master
Chief Electronics Technician Chris Lancaster, Helena's Chief of the Boat,
accept the PEOple Award from Capt. L. Bryant Fuller, commanding officer
of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
Helena Crew Recognized for Community Service
KITTERY, Maine - The crew of the USS Helena (SSN 725) received the 2010 Promoting Equal Opportunity Among All People (PEOple) Award from Capt. L. Bryant Fuller III, commanding officer of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard March 21 for demonstrating a strong commitment to people throughout the Seacoast and New England areas over the past year.
Helena’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Paul Dinius, and the Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician Chris Lancaster, accepted the award from Capt. Fuller on behalf of Helena’s crew. 
“The crew has utilized its resources to the maximum extent possible to not only overhaul the submarine in 18 months, but also to connect with fellow Seacoast community members and New Englanders,” said Dinius.  “In doing so, many crewmembers have developed a strong appreciation for the area and people with many expressing the desire to one day return to live, work and retire.”
He went on to express his appreciation for the recognition of his crew and their efforts by the shipyard. 
Since arriving to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in September of 2009, the crew has altruistically lent its precious and fleeting off-time to a number of great causes including, painting classrooms, visiting local veterans centers and retirement homes, marching in parades, presenting colors at sporting events, fellowshipping with community members and speaking to elementary students about the armed services, and, more specifically, submarine service.  The crew has literally done it all and their efforts were deservedly acknowledged with the presentation this award.  
Currently, the crew of the Los Angeles class submarine is feverishly working to return its valuable national asset to sea to help the nation address issues on a global scale. 
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