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Momsen Awarded Battle “E”

Provided by USS Momsen Public Affairs

SAN DIEGO - Commander, Naval Surface Forces awarded the Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") award to the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Momsen (DDG 92) Feb 18.

The Battle "E" is awarded annually to the ships, submarines, aviation and other units who demonstrate top mission readiness.

"The Battle ‘E’ represents an all-hands effort to maintain and improve the material readiness, training and warfighting capabilities of a ship,” said Momsen’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Robert W. Bodvake. "The attitude and superb teamwork of the crew was what made us successful."

Momsen’s consideration for the prestigious award was based on the ship's sustained, superior performance throughout the year and validated the efforts of Momsen Sailors during her 2008 deployment.

“By earning the Battle ‘E’, Momsen has displayed the ultimate example of teamwork,” said Ensign Jon-Andrew D. Anderson, the ship’s navigator. “Every department, every division, and every Sailor, enlisted and officer, had to work closely with one another in order to obtain such an honorable award.”

Boatswain’s Mate Third Class (SW) Joshua B. Love added, "We won this award through perseverance, daily teamwork and a ‘rise above’ mentality.“

Momsen departed for her second deployment in March 2008 as part of the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group. During her deployment, Momsen provided critical humanitarian assistance for two foreign vessels, a stranded cargo vessel with engine problems and a former hijacked merchant vessel requiring food, water and medical attention.

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