The Secretary of the Navy Announces the Winners of his Safety Excellence Awards

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Story Number: NNS140701-14Release Date: 7/1/2014 11:18:00 AM

From Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces his Safety Excellence Awards recipients for 2014, continuing the tradition of former Secretary of the Navy, Gordon England, who established the Awards in 2002. These Awards were created to showcase Navy and Marine Corps commands that have exemplified exceptional and sustained safety excellence. The 2014 Safety Excellence Awards recognize the Navy and Marine Corps commands and programs that have gone above and beyond normal duties to ensure the safety of Sailors, Marines, civilians, and resources.

The Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence Awards winners for 2014 are:

For the Industrial Awards category, which includes shipyards, shore intermediate maintenance activities, regional maintenance centers, ordnance stations, public works centers, depots, and logistics bases:

* For a working population of less than 1,000: Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Blount Island Command, Florida

* For a working population of 3,001 or greater: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia

For the Non-Industrial Awards category, which includes stations, bases, training facilities, research and development laboratories, and Navy medicine facilities:

* For a working population of less than 1,000: Naval Support Activity Monterey, California

* For a working population of 1,001 to 3,000: Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, California

* For a working population of 3,001 or greater: Marine Corps Installations-East Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

For the Fleet Operational and Fleet Support Award category, which includes deployable units located ashore not eligible for ship or aviation safety awards:

* Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

For the Afloat Awards category, which includes commissioned afloat Navy units and civil service manned ships:

* For Large Deck: USS Boxer (LHD 4)

* For Surface Combatant: USS Mobile Bay (CG 53)

* For Amphibious: USS San Antonio (LPD 17)

* For Submarine: USS Texas (SSN 775)

* For Auxiliary: USS Emory S. Land (AS 39)

For the Aviation Awards category, which includes active duty and reserve units operating under aircraft controlling custodians:

* For Navy Active Duty: Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 49 (HSL-49)

* For Marine Corps Active Duty: Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 252 (VMGR-252)

* For Navy Reserve: Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 58 (VR-58)

* For Marine Corps Reserve: Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112 (VMFA-112)

* For Training: Training Squadron Two One (VT-21)

For the Safety Integration in Acquisition Award category, which recognizes teams or offices that have an acquisition mission and have made a significant impact by integrating safety into their programs, projects, or systems:

* System Safety Engineering Division Team, Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Virginia

For the Emerging Center of Excellence Award category, which recognizes exceptional promise for future safety excellence leadership:

* Mishap Investigation Training and Support Implementation Team, Marine Corps Systems Command, Virginia

The awards winners will receive a plaque, citation, and the Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence flag, as well as the honor of flying the Safety Excellence flag for one year.

Commands with units showing exceptional commitment to safety should nominate these units for the 2015 Secretary of the Navy's Safety Excellence Awards. An ALNAV announcing the application process will be released in 2015.

For additional information contact: The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Safety at

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