Commander, Submarine Group Two


USS Boise Awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation


NORFOLK, Va. – The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation in a recent ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

The award highlighted Boise’s success in exceeding operational requirements during a 2008 deployment in the European Command Area of Operations, conducting four highly successful allied naval exercises with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain.  During the deployment, Boise was a key contributor to the Global Maritime Awareness Force that maintained a common operational picture in support of efforts against illegal fishing, human smuggling and narcotics activities.

Capt. Frank Cattani, Commander, Submarine Squadron EIGHT, presented the award to Cmdr. Paul Snodgrass, Boise’s commanding officer and his crew.

"Today means that you were ready and willing to meet the challenges of your missions, and that you executed them very well," said Cattani.  "The significance of this award presentation is that senior Navy leadership recognizes those sacrifices and achievements.  You proved that of all the successful deployers, you were among the most successful.  And while I am very proud of the men of Boise, I am also envious of the enormous challenges in your future.  Congratulations!"

 In addition to the multinational exercises, the crew of USS Boise sustained reconnaissance efforts, enabling decision makers to carry out effective foreign policies and conducted sustained, independent operations in the North Atlantic.

“Without a doubt, I am most pleased that our crew was able to demonstrate a full spectrum of capabilities and versatility in several different environments,” said Snodgrass.  “This is a testament to the their ability to adapt to change, and my department heads’ and chief’s quarter’s ability to communicate the mission and translate guidance into action.  The award also reflects the crew’s enduring positive attitude, and their willingness to do that one extra thing necessary to achieve success.”

Boise has been awarded three Meritorious Unit Commendations since their commissioning in 1992.  The others were in 1995 and 1998.