USS Germantown (LSD 42)
SASEBO, Japan - Culinary Specialist 3rd Class (SW) Leanor Fernandez paints the Battle "E" on the side of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42), April 23.  (Official U.S. Navy photo)
Germantown Recognized for Distinction in Command Excellence, Health and Fitness
By Lt. Dong Hopkins, USS Germantown Public Affairs
SASEBO, Japan – Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet recently awarded the Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) Award and the Force Health and Wellness Unit Award (Green “H”) to the forward-deployed amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42).

In March, Commander, Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet announced the Cy-2013 Battle “E” and command excellence awards, including Germantown, for distinction in maritime warfare, engineering/survivability, logistics management and ship safety.

The Battle “E” and command excellence awards recognize Germantown’s sustained superior performance in an operationally intensive environment, as well as sustained readiness for 2013.

During 2013, Germantown participated in numerous exercises and operations including Cobra Gold, Ssang Yong, Talisman Sabre, Great Barrier Reef bomb recovery, Tempest Wind and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief as part of Operation Damayan.

In April, Germantown was awarded its seventh consecutive Green “H” for calendar year 2013. The Green “H” is awarded annually to commands that demonstrate medical readiness, physical readiness, and a commitment to the health, fitness and mental well-being of the command’s crew throughout the year.

Germantown offers many health improvement programs aimed at promoting Sailors’ health and well-being including; smoking cessation, drug and alcohol awareness, suicide awareness, fitness and healthy living education.

Although the Green “H” recognizes Germantown’s medical and dental Departments in their commitment to health and safety, all departments contribute to keeping the command operationally ready and mission capable. With the involvement of the entire crew and dedication of the medical and dental team, Germantown continues its tradition of excellence.
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