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Norfolk Wins Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Trophy

The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announced July 29 that USS Norfolk (SSN 714) was the 2010 winner of the Atlantic Fleet's Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. The trophy, named for the famous World War II destroyer squadron commander and later CNO (1955-1961) Adm. Arleigh A. Burke, is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets that has achieved the greatest improvement during the previous year based on the Battle Efficiency Competition.

The CNO noted that Norfolk's crew "performed flawlessly during a uniquely challenging six-month deployment and registered significant improvement on a recent engineering examination." Norfolk returned from her deployment to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command on Sept. 6, 2010.

"Norfolk's mission performance during 2010 improved in every area," said Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, Vice Adm. John M. Richardson. "Earning this award is only possible by virtue of the hard work by everybody in the crew. Everybody took a strain here as a team. It's clear to me that Norfolk has put the submariner first in their priorities and that the team responded by exceeding expectations in every area."


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Cmdr. Douglas Jordan, Norfolk's commanding officer, salutes as the ship returns to Naval Station Norfolk at the end of her six-month deployment in 2010. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Todd A. Schaffer)





In June, the Naval Sea System Command (NAVSEA)'s Submarine Team One (ST1) received a 2010 DoD Value Engineering Award for an extensive analysis that promises to extend the time between major maintenance availability periods for some Los Angeles (SSN 688)-class submarines from 48 to 72 months. This could enable naval shipyards to avoid an estimated 900,000 man-days of work, valued at about $529 million, in fiscal years 2012-2015. It could also increase submarine operational availability to the fleet by more than 60 months.

ST1 is an interdisciplinary team that brings together personnel from several NAVSEA engineering, procurement, and logistic specialties. The photo below shows (left to right) team members Tim Bassett, Scott Williams, John Kennedy, Lee Ryzewic, Fredric Rancourt, Nancy Calvert, George Chervenic, Frank Tesoriero, Brian Edwards, and Zachary Lemnios at the award ceremony with NAVSEA Deputy Commander, Undersea Warfare, Rear Adm. (sel.) David Duryea; Capt. Jerry Reid, representing the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Expeditionary Programs and Logistics Management); and NAVSEA Vice Commander Rear Adm. Clarke Orzalli. (US Navy photo)


Twenty-one naval reservists temporarily assigned to Submarine Group 10 completed maintenance tasks on the dry-docked USS Florida (SSGN 728) Aug. 12. The grinding, scraping and painting work was requested by the Trident Refit Facility (TRF).

"This is the largest effort of the Navy Reserve in many years directly supporting TRF, and it has exceeded all of our expectations," said Capt. John McClure, commanding officer of Naval Reserve Expeditionary Maintenance Detachment K.

Among the reservists were boatswain's mates and engineers from reserve centers as distant as Knoxville, Tenn., and Miami, Fla., some with years of experience doing similar jobs on surface ships. However, the group also included a master-at-arms, an information systems technician and an aviation electronics technician.

"As soon as they received the training, were
shown exactly how to do the job and told what was expected, my guys performed flawlessly," said Lt. Waldemar Rosario, officer-in-charge of the reserve component. "TRF came in to do the inspections, and the work had been done as well as their own demanding expectations dictate."

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Petty Officer 1st Class Johnathon Plemons works inside Florida's superstructure. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Kimber)



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