SOUTH CHINA SEA – The guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) celebrated superior sustained performance on April 19 after earning her first Green medical “H” for overall health and fitness excellence and the privilege of flying the Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist (ESWS) pennant.
During a regularly scheduled port visit to Singapore, William P. Lawrence quartermasters painted the ship’s bridge wings with the Green “H” and other Command Effectiveness “E’s” earned during calendar year 2015.
The Green “H” is awarded every year to ships that earn at least a 90 percent in the Naval Surface Force’s health and wellness criteria assessment. This is the first time William P. Lawrence has earned the Green “H.”
“I feel really proud to have this award displayed on the bridge wing for the world to see, especially since we are currently deployed,” said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (FMF) German Cea. “The crew’s hard work in support of the medical department was crucial to earning this award. The medical department has left their mark and earning [the Green “H”] for the first time in the ship’s history definitely has more meaning.”
In addition to the Green medical “H,” William P. Lawrence was awarded the Blue supply (fourth), Yellow safety (second), Green operations, and Red engineering effectiveness awards for calendar year 2015, representing the ship’s superior level of battle readiness during 2015.
The Battle “E” competition is held annually to strengthen individual command performance, improve overall force readiness, and recognize outstanding performance. The award symbolizes overall readiness of commands throughout the surface force, and their ability to carry out assigned wartime tasks.
While in port Singapore, the crew also held an inspiring ceremony in which the ship’s newest warfare recipients hoisted the ESWS pennant up the main mast.
The pennant is awarded to ships which uphold a 100% enrollment of enlisted crewmembers in the ESWS program with no delinquencies. The ship is on track to have all Sailors warfare qualified by the end of deployment, per leadership deployment goals and expectations.
“Raising the ESWS Pennant was a huge win for the command,” said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Adrian Mallari, ESWS coordinator. “I give all the credit to the leadership and crew of the Lawrence in achieving this milestone. The crew’s perseverance and teamwork proves how much you can accomplish … it was a total group effort.” Providing a ready force supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia Pacific, William P. Lawrence, commanded by Cmdr. Walter C. Mainor, is operating as part of the John C. Stennis Strike Group and Great Green Fleet on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment.
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