On Feb 9, VELLA GULF was honored as a winner of the Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic (COMNAVSURFLANT) Battle "E" Efficiency award. This award is a culimation of multiple certifications and evokes a high level of competition amongst ships to be named a Battle "E" ship. The honor of winning the Battle "E" allows the crew to wear the Battle "E" ribbon on their uniforms, showing their pride for the ship and the hard work that was put into accomplishing this tremendous achievement.

"Bravo Zulu to the professional men and women of USS VELLA GULF for earning the SURFLANT Battle "E" Award. This well deserved award is the result of consummate professionalism, outstanding performance and steadfast dedicated and the entire VELLA GULF team can be extremely proud of your battle efficiency and excellence. The entire Carrier Strike Group TWO team salutes the can-do spirit of VELLA GULF demonstrating that winning truly is a habit!" -RDML Tyson, COMCARSTRKGRU TWO