Peleliu Earns Intelligence Excellence Award 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Dustin Knight, USS Peleliu Public Affairs 
PACIFIC OCEAN – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) was named the recipient of the 2013 Commander, Naval Surface Forces Intelligence Excellence Award, April 14.
The award recognizes surface ships demonstrating superior afloat intelligence readiness and performance in one of three categories. Those categories are: surface ships with afloat intelligence centers, surface ships with independent duty intelligence specialists (IDIS) and surface ships with collateral duty intelligence officers (CDIO).
“Our intelligence division did an outstanding job,” said Lt. j.g. David Lebhar, ship’s intelligence division officer. “They went above and beyond fulfilling the roles of analysis, production and dissemination which is reflected in multiple Ship’s Nautical or Otherwise Photographic Intelligence Exploitation (SNOOPIE) team evolutions, over 30 intelligence information reports that went out to national agencies to continue national analysis of foreign and commercial naval and maritime trends, and also in the production in intelligence briefs to ship and Amphibious Squadron Three leadership and multiple amphibious ready group units.”
The ship’s intelligence specialists credit teamwork and creativity as the reason for receiving the award.
“Hard work, dedication, training vigilantly, great leadership, motivation and innovation were all aspects that we emphasized during our 2012-13 deployment,” said Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Ferri. “We updated a lot of things that other ships on the waterfront weren’t doing. We pushed forward with things that were innovative in the intel community.”
Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Myles McGee added, “We all had to work together and had to play our role no matter if the role was large or small. We all had a common goal to meet.”
Peleliu’s intelligence and cryptologic technicians, all part of the ship’s afloat intelligence center, brought home the award for the ship by doing what they were trained to do and doing it well.
“It’s a credit upon the group and just shows that a good team can take any situation and get outstanding results,” said Lebhar.
Peleliu deployed in September 2012 and returned in May 2013 as part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group in the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility. Peleliu is currently conducting sea trials in preparation for a future deployment.
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