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Surface Forces Announces 2009 Battle "E" Winners

CORONADO, Calif (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Surface Forces has announced the winners of the Navy Battle "E" Award for 2009.

Out of 168 ships, only 36 met the difficult requirements. For the competitive year 2009, only 27 ships were awarded the Battle "E."

"The competition was tough. Having a fleet full of the most highly trained and professional Sailors I've ever seen makes calling just one command the winner very difficult," said Capt. Kurush Morris, assistant chief of staff for Training and Readiness.

The calendar year-long competition involves evaluation by Surface Forces of a ship's abilities in logistics, material, engineering, damage control, navigation, command and control, and air, surface, and subsurface warfare.

Even if a ship meets these challenges, it still has to demonstrate to the Immediate Superior in Command sustained superior performance, operational effectiveness, and continuous readiness to be a contender for the Battle "E."

"As an award recognized across the waterfront, everyone understands that a Battle 'E' ship knows how to do it right," said Morris. "There is an immense pride in walking up the pier and seeing that your ship is the only one with the big white 'E' painted on the bridge wing. Everyone likes being on a winning team."

Forward Deployed Naval Forces, Japan had the following winners: USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), USS Lassen (DDG 82), USS Patriot (MCM 7), USS Defender (MCM 2), and USS Denver (LPD 9).

Hawaii-based USS Hopper (DDG 70) and Everrett, Wash.-based USS Shoup (DDG 86) won the award.

San Diego homeported award winners are: USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), USS Benfold (DDG 65), USS Peleliu (LHA 5), USS Curts (FFG 38), USS Howard (DDG 83), and USS Kidd (DDG 100).

Mayport, Fla., had the following winners: USS Gettysburg (CG 54), USS Underwood (FFG 36), and USS Carney (DDG 64).

Norfolk, Va., award recipients include: USS Anzio (CG 68), USS Nitze (DDG 94), USS Mitscher (DDG 57), USS Bataan (LHD 5), USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7), and USS Nassau (LHA 4).

The mine countermeasure rotational crew winners are Crew Conflict and Crew Constant.

The patrol coastal rotational crews winners include Crew Charlie, Crew Hotel, and Crew Juliet.

Crews awarded the Battle "E" may wear the ribbon immediately, and the competition for 2010 began last month.

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