YOKOSUKA, Japan -- Arleigh burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem (DDG 63) received the Battle Efficiency Award, or Battle “E” on May 20.
The Battle "E" recognizes the hard and proficient work demonstrated by Stethem while forward-deployed to the Western Pacific and completing an eight month redeployment to U.S. 5th Fleet Areas of Responsibility in 2012.
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to the small number of ships, submarines, squadrons, and other units who demonstrate the highest state of battle readiness while carrying out assigned warfare tasking.
“Stethem already has a good reputation because she gets the job done,” said Rear Adm. Mark Montgomery, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet. “That’s what this award is all about.”
To be awarded the Battle "E" a unit must demonstrate sustained superior performance in five command excellence areas—Maritime Warfare; Engineering and Survivability; Command Control, Communications and Information; Logistics Management; and Ship Safety—and be nominated by the immediate superior in command. Stethem earned special distinction in four of these five areas: Maritime Warfare, Engineering and Survivability, Logistics Management, and Ship Safety.
“Everyone made a significant impact for this warship to receive such an accomplishment,” said Stethem’s command Master at Arms First Class Kennedy Thomas. “That Deck Seaman upholding his 11th general order, that Fireman upholding his 8th general order, the Wardroom delivering a Plan of Action and Milestones, the Chiefs’ Mess delivering results, and the Crew coming together as one. For me, that “E” stands for elevate. Everyone went above the call of duty and was awarded for the high standards they maintain.”
“It’s an honor to accept the Battle ‘E’ but an even stronger testament to the crew’s commitment to duty and extraordinary ability to overcome what may at first glance seem impossible,” said Cmdr. Christopher W. Adams, Stethem’s commanding officer.
Stethem is part of Destroyer Squadron 15, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, to support security and stability of the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.