(Via Ho’okele News)
Story and photo by Ensign Caleb Robinson
USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) Public Affairs
USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) was recently recognized by the Commander Naval Surface Forces, U.S. Pacific Fleet as a 2013 winner of the Battle Effectiveness Award, or Battle “E.”
The Battle “E” is awarded annually to ships who demonstrate sustained superior performance and readiness in an operational environment. Each ship is evaluated throughout the year on their ability to carry out assigned wartime tasking.
“This is a tremendous and well-deserved honor for the crew of Chung-Hoon,” said Cmdr. Ryan Collins, Chung-Hoon’s commanding officer. “However, the mission success that we experienced throughout 2013 did not happen by accident. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the crew at every level.”
Ships that win the battle effectiveness competition are authorized to paint a white “E” with black shadowing on their bridge wing to display this significant accomplishment.
“I feel like all of our hard work in preparation and execution of deployment has paid off,” said Quartermaster 3rd Class Tyson Alvarez.
“It’s a great feeling to know that each one of us helped Chung-Hoon receive this award.”
The ship’s superior performance during 2013 can be credited to the dedication of all of its Sailors and as the ship goes through a major maintenance period, this award will continue to build the already high sense of pride and accomplishment throughout the crew.
“Though it’s nice to be recognized for our accomplishments in 2013, the hard work doesn’t stop here,” said Command Master Chief Ben Rushing. “This will simply set the standard for Chung-Hoon excellence in 2014 and beyond.”