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Namesake Submarine Thanks the People of Pittsburgh for 25 Years of Support

PITTSBURGH, Pa - Commanding Officers and the ship's sponsor of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) met in the boat's namesake city to thank the Pittsburgh Council of the Navy League of the United States and the people of Pittsburgh for their local support Dec. 11.
Pittsburgh, commissioned in November 1985 at Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., is the fourth Navy vessel to be named for the people of Pittsburgh, and it is home to 13 officers and 121 enlisted sailors. 
Dr. Carol H. Sawyer, the ship's sponsor, joined local relief crew and former commanding officers to show their gratitude at a brunch Dec. 11 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Club.
The people of Pittsburgh and the USS Pittsburgh Relief Crew have provided years of Christmas gifts for children of crew members, re-enlistment gifts and ball caps for ship's personnel, and hosted numerous half-way and welcome home parties and family picnics.  They have hosted fundraising events and recognized annual Sailors of the Year by awarding them savings bonds. 
Pittsburgh's Linton Middle School established "Where in the World is Pittsburgh Today."  The program is a multi-disciplinary program that utilizes geography, math, science, language arts, and home economics to follow the ship's travels after international port visits.  The submarine returned home on Oct. 15 from a six-month deployment overseas.
Pittsburgh's current commanding officer is
Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, a native of Grafton, Mass.  Under Savageaux's command, Pittsburgh won the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") competition and Health Readiness Unit award.  The Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance. The criterion for the award is the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks as a unit of the Atlantic Submarine Force, and is based on a year-long evaluation.

One submarine from each submarine squadron in the Atlantic Fleet is recognized. The awards are presented by the commodore of each squadron to the submarine under their command which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.

The Navy League of the United States was founded in 1902 and is a civilian organization with more than 50,000 members dedicated to educating American citizens and elected officials about the importance of sea power to the United States.
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