Naval Surface Forces Announced 2008 Battle “E” Winners
By Naval Surface Forces Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO – San Diego (NNS) – Improving warfighting readiness is the mission of Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR). On Feb. 17 CNSF announced the 2008 Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) winners - those commands who achieved the highest state of readiness.

Across the fleet, ships' crews work tirelessly to ensure they demonstrate sustained superior performance, operational effectiveness, continual readiness and the capability to perform wartime tasks in support of operational commanders. Those that do are recognized annually with the Battle “E”.

"I'm extremely proud to recognize the accomplishments of these Surface Warriors. They truly understand the importance of improving our warfighting readiness. Their success is a success for the Navy and a success for our country. Congratulations to all Battle "E" award winners. Walk proudly and don’t forget the means by which you achieved this goal," said Vice Adm. D.C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces and Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

Winners from Naval Station San Diego were USS Antietam (CG 54), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), USS Bunker Hill (CG 52), USS Princeton (CG 59), USS Gridley (DDG 101), USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53), USS Tarawa (LHA 1) and USS Cleveland (LPD 7).

USS Momsen (DDG 92) took honors from Everett, Wash., while USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19) and USS Mustin (DDG 89) were the winners from our Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan.

USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Russell (DDG 59) and USS Hopper (DDG 70) were top among the Middle Pacific (MIDPAC) based ships from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. “Congratulations to Lake Erie for winning for the 5th time,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rieger, Warfare Certifications and Battle “E” Coordinator at SURFOR. “The fact they were eligible for five years is pretty impressive.”

The Atlantic Fleet winners included ships from Naval Station Norfolk, Va., and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. USS Cole (DDG 67), USS Porter (DDG 78), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), USS Carter Hall (LSD 50), USS Nassau (LHA 4), USS Wasp (LHD 1) and USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) led the way in Norfolk while, USS Boone (FFG 28), USS Farragut (DDG 99), USS Gettysburg (CG 64), USS Hue City (CG 66), USS Robert G. Bradley (FFG 49) and USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) took top honors for the Florida-based ships.

The mine countermeasure (MCM) ship winner was USS Patriot (MCM 7). MCM rotational crews recognized were MCM Crew Bulwark, MCM Crew Dominant and MCM Crew Reaper. The patrol coastal crews include PC Crew India, PC Crew Juliet and PC Crew Lima.

Announcement of the winners culminates a year of certifications and qualifications conducted on a day-to-day basis. To ensure the proper operational readiness for the fleet commanders ships are evaluated in the following five excellence categories: Maritime Warfare; Engineering and Survivability; Command, Control, Communications, and Information Warfare; Logistics Management; Commander Naval Surface Force Safety Award and the Efficiency Excellence Award. Commands that meet these standards of excellence and win are eligible to paint the Battle "E" symbol prominently on their bridge wing for all to see. Crewmembers are authorized to wear the Battle "E" ribbon on their dress uniform.