YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) was awarded the 2016 Spokane Trophy early 2017.
The Spokane Trophy is an annual award sponsored by the Spokane, Washington Council of the Navy League of the United States and is presented to the U.S. Pacific Fleet's surface ship with the highest level of operational readiness in areas ranging from coordinated air warfare, surface warfare and undersea warfare operations.
"I am pleased to announce that USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) has earned the 2016 Spokane Trophy award for overall excellence in surface ship combat system readiness and warfare operations," said Admiral Scott Swift, commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
The 2016 award marks the second time Chancellorsville has earned this prestigious award.
"Throughout the year, the crew of Chancellorsville demonstrated superb performance and excellence across the wide spectrum of combat system warfare areas." said Swift. "USS Chancellorsville's selection as the best in the Fleet highlights a steadfast commitment to our Navy and the Nation. I offer my sincere congratulations to the crew of USS Chancellorsville. You can be justifiably proud of this achievement. Well done!"
Chancellorsville Sailors are extremely proud and honored to be recognized for their hard work and commitment to excellence.
Fire Controlman First Class Erin Reeve said, "We've set the bar high for ourselves to basically be the best throughout Seventh Fleet. The Spokane Trophy directly reflects this attitude and the teamwork nurtured on Chancellorsville. This recognition just makes us hungry to stay the best and keep pushing to find new ways to excel."
The Spokane Trophy was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval warfighting proficiency. The trophy was cast from 400 ounces of silver and is valued in excess of $4 million dollars. It is kept on permanent display at the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet headquarters building in San Diego.
Chancellorsville is forward-deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and assigned to Carrier Strike Group Five supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
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