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Commodore Presents Battle "E" to USS Virginia

PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD, Maine - The Commodore of Submarine Squadron Four (SUBRON Four), Capt. Michael Bernacchi, visited Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) January 14 to present USS Virginia (SSN 774) with the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award.

Each year, one submarine from each squadron is recognized and the Battle “E” is presented to the submarine crew that demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year. For SUBRON Four, that submarine is Virginia. On Jan. 1, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic (COMSUBLANT), announced the winners of the Battle "E" competition and Health Readiness Unit awards. 

"This award says that, through everything, you are the best ship in the squadron," said Capt. Bernacchi. "The competition was incredibly tight; there are a lot of great ships, and a lot of great crews … The thing that put you over the top was the culture on your ship—to get it done right."

The Battle "E" competition is conducted to strengthen individual command performance, overall force readiness, and to recognize outstanding performance. The criterion for the award is the overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime tasks as a unit of the Atlantic Submarine Force, and is based on a year-long evaluation.

“This award caps a year of very hard work,” said Cmdr. Tim Salter, commanding officer of Virginia. “[We will] use this to say ‘job well done’ but also as the motivation to continue to do great work tomorrow and into the future.”  

Virginia also earned the 2010 Communication “C” and Navigation “N” awards.

Virginia arrived at PNSY Sept. 1, 2010 for the first-of-its-class major maintenance availability. While at the shipyard, Virginia is undergoing an Extended Dry-docking Selective Restricted Availability (EDSRA) consisting of various maintenance work and several system upgrades. 

The on-time or early completion of submarine availabilities are critical in the maintenance of today's Fleet and is essential to maintaining warfighter readiness. PNSY, a field activity of NAVSEA, is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the Fleet by ensuring every ship is ready to respond to the Navy’s mission.

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KITTERY, Maine (Jan. 14, 2011) Capt. Michael Bernacchi, Commodore of Submarine Squadron FOUR (2nd from left), presents Cmdr. Tim Salter, Commanding Officer of USS Virginia (SSN 774) with the 2010 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ plaque at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY).  Also pictured are Virginia’s Command Master Chief Chad Schultz (left) and Executive Officer Lt. Cmdr. Kurt Balagna. Virginia is at the shipyard for a major availability consisting of various maintenance work and several system upgrades. (U.S. Navy photograph by Jim Cleveland/Released)

 

KITTERY, Maine (Jan. 14, 2011) Capt. Michael Bernacchi, Commodore of Submarine Squadron FOUR (2nd from left), presents Cmdr. Tim Salter, Commanding Officer of USS Virginia (SSN 774) with the 2010 Battle Efficiency ‘E’ plaque at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY).  Virginia is at the shipyard for a major availability consisting of various maintenance work and several system upgrades. (U.S. Navy photograph by Jim Cleveland/Released)