USS Norfolk Captures 2010 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy
NORFOLK, Va. - The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) has been named the Atlantic Fleet's recipient of the prestigious Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. The announcement was made by Adm. Gary Roughhead, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), in a Navy message released July 29.
The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy, named after perhaps the most famous destroyer squadron commander and former chief of naval operations (1955-61), is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets that has achieved the greatest improvement during the previous year based on the Battle Efficiency Competition. The competition encompasses operational readiness, inspections, and retention.
Roughhead said in a message that Norfolk earned this award because the crew “performed flawlessly during a uniquely challenging six-month deployment and registered significant improvement on a recent engineering examination.”
Fast-attack submarines conduct multifaceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary's military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike capabilities from close proximity and ensure undersea superiority.
Norfolk embodied all of these qualities, and so it was no surprise to Vice Adm. John M. Richardson, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, when they were announced as winners of the prestigious award.
"Norfolk's mission performance during 2010 improved in every area," said Richardson. "During their deployment, they stoutly supported national and theater requirements, contributing to U.S. Central Command's vital mission and being ready to respond to any contingency that could arise. Earning this award is only possible by virtue of the hard work by everybody in the crew. Everybody took a strain here as a team. It's clear to me that Norfolk has put the submariner first in their priorities and that the team responded by exceeding expectations in every area - leadership and ownership at every level! Well done to Team Norfolk - this award is a tribute to your hard work and commitment to excellence."
Cmdr. Douglas Jordan, commanding officer, said the award reflects the extraordinary leadership and dedication of the crew, and it was these attributes which separated Norfolk from the rest of the Atlantic Fleet.
"It is an honor to win this award and to have Norfolk recognized as the top performer by the CNO," said Jordan. "The award validates the crew's hard work and tenacity, which resulted in significant improvements in performance and readiness across the spectrum of submarine operations. They are dedicated to their mission, and in providing the country with a capable warship we are able to respond whenever and wherever tasked. They continuously impress me with their high standards and determination to be the best at what we do."
Norfolk returned from a regularly scheduled deployment to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk, Sept. 6, 2010. During the deployment they conducted operations in the European Command and Central Command areas of responsibility, supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.
"Norfolk’s significant improvement in the basic areas of watch standing and formality resulted in across-the-board improvement in their warfighting capability," said Capt. Eugene P. Sievers, Commander, Submarine Squadron Six. "The efforts of the command team and crew culminated in the successful completion of a demanding and successful deployment in the Central Command area of responsibility. I am confident Norfolk will continue to impeccably perform all missions assigned and deliver combat effectiveness whenever called upon. The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy is appropriate recognition for the efforts of the team and I am proud of the crew for their achievement."
The announcement of Norfolk winning the 2010 Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy culminated a highly successful operational 2010 calendar year for the submarine force.
In April 2011, Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, announced that the Kings Bay, Ga.-based Ohio-class ballistic submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) was awarded the 2010 Omaha Trophy in the ballistic submarine category. The award is presented annually to a ballistic submarine demonstrating the highest performance standards in USSTRATCOM’s strategic deterrence mission area.
Adm. John C. Harvey, Jr., Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, announced in May 2011 that the Norfolk, Va.-based Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) had won the coveted 2010 Battenberg Cup, which recognizes the best overall ship in the Atlantic Fleet.
In July, the Groton, Conn.-based Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) was one of several commands receiving the Secretary of the Navy’s 2010 Safety Excellence Award which recognized commands that have established a culture and awareness of safety in daily operations producing a reduction in man-hours lost and minimizing material damage, keeping Navy assets operating at peak efficiency.
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