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Commander, Submarine Group Two


 
 
Master Chief Hospital Corpsman David DiPietro, USS Helena
Chief of the Boat, left; Capt. Mike Martin, Submarine Group Two
representative; and, Cmdr. Paul Dinius, USS Helena Commanding Officer
stand with the "Right Spirit" pennant. Helena received the pennant
for the command's efforts to prevent alcohol-related infractions that
could jeopardize the finances and lives Sailors and innocent people on
the road. (Photo by Yeoman Seaman Brandon V. Morris)

USS Helena Displays The Right Spirit

KITTERY, Maine - Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) reached another significant milestone on May 21 as Submarine Group Two representative Capt. Michael Martin presented the command with a pennant emblazoned with the words "The Right Spirit."

The pennant displays a single gold star symbolic of an entire year without a driving under the influence (DUI) related incident. This award recognizes Helena’s efforts to prevent alcohol-related infractions that could jeopardize the finances and lives Sailors and innocent people on the road.

Earlier this month, USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) received the "Right Spirit" pennant.

The first pennant was awarded to the crew of USS Hartford (SSN 768) in October 2009 after they passed their 1,000th DUI-free day. The second pennant was awarded to USS North Carolina (SSN 777) in December 2009 after they completed 2,000 days without a DUI incident.

The pennant is Navy blue with gold lettering and includes a gold star for each year the command is DUI free. A pennant with a single silver star represents five-consecutive years without a DUI incident.

Commands are authorized to fly the pennant as long as they are DUI free.

The Right Spirit Campaign, initiated by the secretary of the Navy in 1995, was designed to enhance fleet readiness by the reduction of alcohol abuse and related incidents, to provide a safe and productive working environment and to ensure quality of life while de-glamorizing alcohol use. This pennant was the brainchild of waterfront leadership.

Submarine Group 2's Navy Alcohol and Drug Control officer designed and implemented the idea.

Helena, homeported in San Diego, arrived at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Sept. 2, 2009 for extended maintenance including several system upgrades. Upon their arrival, Sailors have been building a relationship with the community. Helena, named after Helena, Mont., was commissioned on July 11, 1987. Her motto is "Proud and Fearless."