SAN DIEGO - Commander, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 presented the Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet 2012 Battle Effectiveness (Battle "E") Award to the guided-missile destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) in a special presentation to the ship’s crew at BAE Shipyard on Jun. 6. The Battle "E" recognizes superior operational performance across all warfare areas over the course of the calendar year is awarded annually.
“We are here today to recognize the accomplishments of your ship,” said Commodore John Beaver. “You’ve accomplished a lot. The Deputy and I spent a lot of time talking about this, and the reason we made this decision was because of the spirit of this ship.”
DESRON 21 evaluated the ships of the squadron for battle readiness and recommended Milius for the award due to the ship’s sustained superior performance. Milius completed their Board of Inspection and Survey in 2011 and immediately left on an 8-month deployment to the U.S. 5th and 7th Fleet Areas of Responsibility, conducting joint air and missile defense exercises and maritime security operations.
In addition to the Battle “E,” Milius earned the Black “E” for Maritime Warfare, the Green “E” for Command, Control, Communications and Information Warfare, the Blue “E” for Logistics Management, the Red “E” for Engineering and Survivability, and the Yellow “E” for Ship Safety.
“The Battle ‘E’ is a validation of our hard work and success in maintaining the ship, supporting our shipmates, and taking care of ourselves,” said Cdr. Stephen Shedd, Milius’ commanding officer. “We must maintain and hold this high standard. We have achieved something great in the ship’s life.”
Capt. Beaver, in his closing remarks to the ship’s crew said, “You have every right to be proud of what this ship has accomplished and the great name that resides on your pocket- the mighty warship, Milius.”
Milius is moored at BAE Shipyard in San Diego undergoing an extended drydock selected restricted availability (EDSRA), returning to service in November.