SAN DIEGO – The guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) was named the recipient of the 2013 Battle Effectiveness (Battle E) Award for Commander, Carrier Strike Group One, March 20.
The Battle E award recognizes sustained superior performance and continued readiness.
This year USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN earned the Commander of Naval Surface Forces Ship Safety Award (yellow), Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award (red), Command and Control Excellence Award (green), and the Logistics Management Excellence Award (blue).
“I saw everyone putting in lots of hard work, people weren’t doing it for the Battle ‘E,’ they were just doing their jobs,” said Operations Specialist Seaman Cory J. Berrang. “It makes us feel like our work isn’t going unnoticed.”
The officers and crew of Lake Champlain have participated in numerous training operations and completed an entire qualification cycle. Earning the Battle “E” is a testament to all of their hard work over the past year.
In his announcement to the crew, Capt. Christopher Barnes, Lake Champlain’s commanding officer told the crew that Lake Champlain is not just the best ship in San Diego, but in the entire Pacific Fleet. After winning this Battle “E,” she now has the paint to prove it.