10/16/2015

Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award

Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC) presents the inaugural Vice Admiral Thomas H. Copeman III Material Readiness Award to the crews of the USS Champion (MCM 4) and USS Sampson (DDG 102). The award is given to ships for high levels of performance during material inspections, and recognizes the crew’s efforts. The award was named for Copeman, a former commander of SURFPAC, who believed that material readiness was the foundation to the Navy’s warfighting ability.
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