YOKOSUKA, Japan – Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) was awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award, May 29 as the Pacific Fleet representative.
The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award is presented annually to the two commands, one from the U.S. Atlantic Fleet (USS Laboon (DDG 85)) and the other from the Pacific Fleet, based on overall readiness.
“Selection for this award is a reflection of the professionalism and dedication of these two ships over the past year,” said via Navy message from Vice Adm. Richard W. Hunt, director, Navy Staff.
Specifically referencing Stethem’s success in the Fifth Fleet area of operations (AOR), Hunt highlighted that Stethem was “the first forward deployed Naval force ship since 2004 to re-deploy out of the Pacific Command AOR [and] maintained peak material readiness during this eight month ballistic missile defense deployment.”
The Marjorie Sterrett award is a monetary award that will be placed into Stethem’s recreation fund, which means the Morale, Welfare and Recreation committee may provide more events, discounts, and activities for Stethem Sailors to enjoy during liberty time with family and friends.
“This award is not only an honor, it’s an opportunity,” said Lt. j.g. Melissa JonMoore, Stethem recreational services officer. “We have big plans to reward the crew in 2013 for the hard work and sacrifices made in 2012.”
“This award is a direct reflection of your dedication to duty,” said Cmdr. Christopher W. Adams, Stethem’s commanding officer, when he announced the award to the crew. “We faced many challenges in 2012, but we came out successful. The Marjorie Sterrett award, in conjunction with our Battle Efficiency Award, demonstrates our accomplishments as Steelworkers.”
Stethem is part of Destroyer Squadron 15, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, to support security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.