USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) received the Retention Excellence Award for fiscal year 2018 marking the third year in a row the ship has earned the prestigious award.
The crew earned the right to paint its anchors gold in recognition of the command’s execution of policies to improve Sailors’ career development and retention rate. More than 90 percent of eligible Paul Hamilton Sailors reenlisted.
In addition displaying the gold anchors, the ship may also fly the retention excellence pennant.
“We are proud of our Sailors and their continued dedication to a winning Navy team,” said Cmdr. Edward Bertucci, Paul Hamilton’s commanding officer.
“We are proud to maintain our golden anchors, and look forward to the positive impact our Sailors will continue to have onboard and in our Navy,” said Cmdr. Mark Lawrence, Paul Hamilton’s prospective commanding officer.
Stationed in San Diego, Paul Hamilton is the 10th Arleigh Burke-class Aegis guided-missile destroyer. Destroyers are capable of sustained combat operations supporting forward presence, maritime security, sea control, and deterrence. These combatants operate in a network centric warfare environment and execute multi-mission tasking including ballistic missile defense, anti-air, surface, antisubmarine, and cyber warfare.