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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 

USS Pittsburgh Recognized for “Never-Ending Job of Trying to Achieve Excellence”

 
Groton, Conn. – The commodore of Submarine Squadron 2 presented the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award to USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720) on Jan. 28, commending the Los Angeles-class submarine for their “work and effort behind the desire to get better.”
 
“This award is a validation of what you are doing on a day-to-day basis,” said Capt. Peter Clarke, Squadron 2 Commodore.  “It should be an indication to you that you are headed down the right path, and you need to keep going that way.  I encourage you to look back at your efforts and what you did that made it work, then figure out how to apply that toward continued Pittsburgh success.”
 
At the beginning of the year, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT), announced the winners of the Battle "E" competition.  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.

Success, though, “is a never-ending process,” according to Clarke, who has been commodore since July 10, 2009.  “That's what Pittsburgh has shown to me the entire time I've been here as commodore.  You recognize areas that need improvement when they require it, and you go all out to fix whatever needs to be fixed.  I am very proud of that, and I congratulate you for that.”
 
Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Robert Boyd, USS Pittsburgh chief of the boat, said the award is a reflection of the crew's commitment.

"I am proud of the crew and their accomplishments," said Boyd. "It was a hard road, and they've done a great job, performing admirably." 
 
Commanded by Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, Pittsburgh returned from a six-month deployment on Oct. 15, 2010 that involved conducting operations in the European Command area of responsibility
 
"I'm very pleased, not just with the award, but also with the hard work that the crew has put in," said Savageaux.  "It's not just been the last 12-months, it has really been the entire time working up to our deployment last year as well.  There has been a lot of hard work, long hours and personal sacrifice put forth to improve ourselves; and, I know the men and their families really appreciate their efforts being recognized by squadron.  I am really proud of the way the entire Pittsburgh family has responded, and I look forward to another successful year."
 
Savageaux, a native of Grafton, Massachusetts, graduated with high distinction from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.  In November 2002, he was awarded a Master of Arts in National Security Studies (with Distinction) from the Naval War College.
 
Fast-attack submarines like Pittsburgh have multi-faceted 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 from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.
 
The submarine, commissioned Nov. 23, 1985, is the fourth Navy vessel to be named for the people of Pittsburgh, Pa.  The submarine’s crew compliment includes 13 officers and 121 enlisted Sailors.
 
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GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 28, 2011) - Capt. Peter Clarke, Commodore of Submarine Squadron 2, presents the coveted 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") to Senior Chief Fire Control Technician Robert Boyd, Chief of the Boat of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), during an awards ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London. In addition, the Los Angeles-class submarine received the Deck Seamanship "D" and Damage Control "DC" awards. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released)

 

 

GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 28, 2011) – Cmdr. Michael Savageaux, Commanding Officer of USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), accepts the coveted 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") from Capt. Peter Clarke, Commodore of Submarine Squadron 2, during an awards ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London. In addition, the Los Angeles-class submarine received the Deck Seamanship "D" and Damage Control "DC" awards. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Myers/Released)