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Ship Awards

Meritorious Unit Commendation

Meritorious Unit Commendation

The Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy on July 17, 1967. It is awarded in the name of the Secretary of the Navy to units of both the U.S. Navy and United States Marines. To justify this award, the unit must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Bronze Star Medal, or achievement of like caliber in a non-combat situation, to an individual.
Humanitarian Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

This medal is presented either as an individual decoration or as a decoration bestowed upon an entire military unit. The activities to which the Humanitarian Service Medal may be authorized are designated by the United States Department of Defense. Such activities include natural disaster relief, evacuation of non-combatants from a hostile area, or humanitarian support to refugees.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) was created by Presidential Order of George W. Bush in March 12, 2003 and established by Executive Order 13289. It recognizes those military service members who have deployed overseas in direct service to the War on Terrorism from September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined.