SAN DIEGO – The amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) was named the recipient of the 2013 Battle Effectiveness (Battle E) Award for Commander, Amphibious Squadron Three, March 20, marking the second consecutive year Peleliu has earned the prestigious award.
Peleliu competed with other ships within its Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and was selected for its exemplary performance in an operational environment as well as its distinguished achievement during certifications and qualifications conducted throughout the year.
“It feels great,” said Peleliu Command Master Chief TyRon Flynn. “Obtaining the Battle E is a cumulative process over a number of different warfare areas in terms of sustainment and readiness, and we broke out amongst the other ships in the ARG.”
The Battle E is awarded to the ship within a command that demonstrates the highest level of sustained superior performance and battle readiness.
“I’m extremely proud of the crew and extremely proud of the accomplishment of winning a Battle E,” said Flynn. “It’s a significant accomplishment and not something that comes easy, especially for those on their first or second tour. Be thankful that you received one, remember what you did to earn it, and do it again.”
In addition to the Battle E, Peleliu also won the Red ‘E’ for Engineering/Survivability Excellence and the Blue ‘E’ for Logistics Management Excellence. This marks the 11th consecutive year Peleliu’s Supply department has taken home the award for logistics excellence.
“We try to manage our storerooms the best that we can and we’re going to continue to do just that,” said Logistics Specialist 1st Class Jimmy Vo, leading petty officer of the ship’s supply department’s stock control division. “We have good Sailors and junior Sailors and everything that went into this award came from them.”
Achieving the Battle E requires teamwork and represents the combined effort of all Peleliu personnel during 2013 and who are now authorized to wear the Battle E ribbon and insignia.
The Peleliu ARG is comprised of Peleliu, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47).
Peleliu is currently conducting sea trials after a seven-month maintenance availability period in preparation for a future deployment.