SAN DIEGO - The crew of the guided-missile destroyer USS Stockdale (DDG 106) was presented the runner-up trophy for the 2013 Edward F. Ney Memorial Award for Food Service Excellence in the medium afloat category during a ceremony on board the ship, Dec. 10.
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus had announced the award winners March 22 during the early months of what turned into a 10-month extended deployment for Stockdale. As a result, the ship was unable to accept the award until recently returning to homeport.
Rear Adm. Vincent L. Griffith, commander, Navy Supply Global Logistics Support, presented the award to the ship’s food service division and congratulated the crew on a highly successful deployment.
“We were thrilled upon hearing the news,” said Cmdr. Bo Johns, Stockdale’s commanding officer. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our culinary specialists, food service attendants and supply team as a whole.”
The Ney Memorial Awards Program is co-sponsored by the Secretary of the Navy and the International Food Service Executives Association (IFSEA) to distinguish the fleet’s most outstanding food services ashore and afloat. The goal of the award is to improve the quality of life for Navy personnel.
Established in 1958, the annual awards are named in honor of the late Capt. Edward F. Ney, head of the subsistence division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account during World War II. Award categories include small, medium, and large afloat; submarine; aircraft carrier; and small and large general mess.
Stockdale returned to San Diego Nov. 7 following a 10-month deployment as part of Destroyer Squadron 23. While deployed, the ship conducted operations with the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group and participated in number of exercises, theater security cooperation, and maritime presence operations with partner nations.