SAN DIEGO – The guided missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) was named as the recipient of the 2013 “Best of Class” Ship’s Store Retail and Service Excellence Award for the U.S. Pacific Fleet, March 21.
The announcement was made by Rear Adm. Jonathan Yuen, the commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command and Chief of Supply Corps, via official naval message traffic.
Chancellorsville achieved the highest cumulative score for cruisers based on both their supply management certification and customer satisfaction scores. The ship’s retail operations division received a score of 98.39% and provided customer satisfaction described as "second to none" according to crew surveys.
"It is a privilege to be the recipient of such an amazing award and to be considered ‘Best in Class,’" said Lt. j.g. John Welsh, Chancellorsville’s disbursing and sales officer. “This wouldn’t be without the ship’s servicemen’s hard work. Without them, receiving this award would not be possible. This award is a true reflection of the caliber of Sailors in our retail operations division.”
Chancellorsville’s sales division earned approximately $100,000 in sales of which $30,000 was transferred to the ship’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation fund.
"This is truly a team effort, which displays strong discipline days in and days out," said Lt. Fred Albesa, the ship’s supply officer. "This award recognizes strict adherence to the instructions and meticulous approach to customer service with one goal in mind - ‘Cater to our Sailors.’”
Chancellorsville was one of seven ships that received the award in the U.S. Pacific Fleet and four ships who received the award in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.
"To be the best at anything is not by chance," said Capt. Curt Renshaw, Chancellorsville’s commanding officer. "It requires strong deckplate leadership and a lot of hard work."
Chancellorsville is currently wrapping up a planned maintenance availability period and making preparations to participate in the 2014 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise off the coast of Hawaii.