Commander, Submarine Group Two

120106-N-PN306-007 GROTON, Conn. (Jan. 6, 2012) - Senior Chief Culinary
Specialist (SS) Oscar Veneszee, Lt. Jason Revitzer, supply officer, and the
Culinary Specialist division assigned to USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) hold
the Supply Blue "E" Award which was announced Jan. 1. In addition to this
award, the submarine also received the Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") Award.
(U.S. Navy photograph by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Cragg/Released)

USS New Hampshire Supply Department Awarded Supply Blue 'E' Award

GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- The Supply department aboard USS New Hampshire (SSN 778) earned the Supply Blue "E" Award according to an announcement Jan. 1.

Lt. Jason Revitzer, supply officer, aboard New Hampshire and Senior Chief Culinary Specialist (SS) Oscar Veneszee credit the nine Sailors working for them in the boat's culinary specialist division with the excellence that earned the award.

"I can't thank enough the commanding officer, executive officer, and chief of the boat as well as the entire crew of USS New Hampshire, who all assisted us in earning this award," said Revitzer, who is transferring this month to a West Coast assignment in the Supply Corps field.

Veneszee echoed his supply officer's comments and thanked his division for their hard work.

"We are a team on board and in all of my years of experience in the culinary specialist field a good indicator of the performance of a ship is how well their Supply Department performs," said Veneszee.

Cmdr. John McGunnigle, New Hampshire commanding officer praised his Supply department and his entire crew for also earning the coveted Battle "E", also announced Jan. 1.

"The pride for the crew aboard USS New Hampshire runs deep, words can't explain the gratitude I have for each and every submariner on accomplishing these milestones," said McGunnigle.

The Battle "E" is an award of merit, presented to the most proficient submarine crew in each squadron and recognizes sustained superior technical performance and continual combat readiness throughout the year.

Three other Commander, Submarine Group 2 boats received the Supply Blue "E" award, USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), USS Albany (SSN 753) and USS Annapolis (SSN 760).

New Hampshire is vying for other honors. The submarine was picked as a finalist for the 2012 Capt. Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for Food Service Excellence. A two-man evaluation team visited the Virginia-class submarine, Dec. 6.

New Hampshire was delivered to the Navy Aug. 28, 2008, and then was commissioned at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, Oct. 25, 2008. She is the third ship to be named for the state of New Hampshire.