SAN DIEGO – The San Diego-based guided missile destroyer USS Sampson (DDG 102) was named a recipient of the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet FY-13 Retention Excellence Award, Jan. 9.
The award recognizes superior accomplishments in the execution of key command programs and policies that enable Sailors to pursue and succeed in their naval careers.
These key programs support definitive standards while concentrating on quality of life enhancing elements and were developed to ensure that the naval service retains its very best professionals to provide the nation with the most proficient subject matter experts and war-fighters.
Requirements for the award included: scoring 85 points on the annual career information program review; scoring 100 points for the punctual submission of each review a Sailor was eligible to receive; 100% of professional apprenticeship career track Sailors in the fleet rating identification engine qualified; 100% of required personnel to complete the leadership development program; and receive zero invalidations for Navy-wide advancement examination results.
Sampson met or exceeded all of the requirements for the award with approved exceptions and will paint the centerline anchor gold. The ship will also proudly fly the Retention Excellence Pennant as the crew continues to make strides in the development of well-rounded Navy professionals.
Developing Sailors, training crews to fight and win, and providing warships ready for combat are the subjects of Vice Adm. Thomas H. Copeman III, Commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet's "Vision for the 2026 Surface Fleet" which consolidates a set of objectives and policies to maximize surface force readiness by concentrating on warfighting ability, sustainable excellence and wholeness over time.