SURFOR Announces 2008 ASW Bloodhound Award Recipients

By MC2 (SW/AW) Elena Velazquez

SAN DIEGO, CA – The Arleigh Burke-Class guided missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS Ramage (DDG 61) were awarded the 2008 Naval Surface Forces (SURFOR) Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Bloodhound Award March 28, 2009.

The annual award is given to one ship in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets for excellent performance in ASW training exercises, such as torpedo firing and tracking events against synthetic targets to include underwater mobile targets and actual submarines.

Vice Adm. D. C. Curtis, Commander, Naval Surface Forces/Commander, Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet, said, “Fitzgerald and Ramage are to be commended for maintaining their high level of ASW warfighting readiness. ASW remains a critical mission area with highly perishable skills. It is imperative that all commands maintain the highest state of ASW proficiency.”

For Fitzgerald, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, this is her 2nd consecutive award.

"Fitzgerald must practice extensively to be prepared for the potential of interaction with real world threats,” said Chris Sterger, SURFOR's technical advisor for undersea warfare training and readiness.

Each ship will receive an ASW Bloodhound pennant that will be flown from the ship’s mast until the next year’s winner is announced.