Story Number: NNS140221-20Release Date: 2/21/2014 9:18:00 PM
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brent Pyfrom, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Every eligible department aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), 15 in all, earned effectiveness awards Feb. 14 as part of the Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Battle Effectiveness, or Battle "E" and Departmental Awards Competition.
The Battle Effectiveness Award replaced the Battle Efficiency Award and retains the name Battle "E".
Each department had to show their ability to complete wartime tasks and demonstrate an elevated level of battle readiness to earn the Battle Effectiveness Award, which recognizes exceptional operational performance.
For the weapons department aboard Carl Vinson, this is their fourth consecutive Black 'W'.
"It's pretty significant for this ship and for this department especially," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman (AW/SW) Chris Egan, Carl Vinson's Weapons Department G5 Division leading chief petty officer. "Everything the Sailors have done in the past year that qualifies for the award has been very significant. All the inspections, the major weapons on-load and our safety record all goes into play, so it's a big pride thing for the Sailors on this ship to take into account."
The Battle "E" Award is based on a comprehensive overview of the ship's battle readiness, assessing a variety of factors from the number of days the command spent at sea to its performance in competitive exercises like precision anchoring evolutions, and even includes the ship's safety record.
The departmental effectiveness awards have their own criterion judged on a point system that attributes to the ship's overall point system. The departmental awards are still very satisfying, said Lt. Alexey Diaz, Carl Vinson's Crash and Salvage Officer who was instrumental in the Air Department's third consecutive award.
"There is something every carrier has on the front of the superstructure, yellow Aviation Boatswain's Mate (AB) wings. Above or below, there is a Yellow 'E'," said Lt. Alexey Diaz, Carl Vinson's crash and salvage officer. "On this ship, we have an "E" and a hash mark, and we're about to paint another one. I've been here for three years and I made sure we get that Yellow 'E' every single year. It's a matter of pride."
When it comes to pride, one award is very precious to the ship as a whole. The Purple "E" is allotted to the carrier's maintenance division, but it's earned through the hard work of every Sailor aboard.
"The Purple 'E' is more of a ship award because it covers the maintenance of the ship; it demonstrates everyone's efforts throughout the ship from Reactor Department to Media Department," said Lt. Eric Palmer, Carl Vinson's Maintenance and Material Management (3M) officer. "They had to conduct their maintenance correctly and the spot checks were done well."
The Purple "E" is a key award needed in order to obtain the Battle "E", said Palmer.
"You cannot get the Battle 'E' without the Purple 'E'," said Palmer. "It's a direct reflection of the Navy Core Values because it takes honor, courage and commitment to conduct maintenance and to do it the right way. It speaks a lot about our ship and the pride the Sailors have in our ship when it comes to correctly doing maintenance in their job."
USS Carl Vinson is one of two operational carriers to sweep the departmental "E" competitions, earning the following honors:
AIR DEPARTMENT (YELLOW E)
AIMD (BLACK E)
COMBAT SYSTEMS (GREEN CS)
DAMAGE CONTROL (RED DC)
DECK (WHITE CROSSED ANCHORS W/BLACK D)
HEALTH SERVICES (BLUE M)
NAVIGATION (WHITE SHIP'S WHEEL)
OPERATIONS (GREEN E)
REACTOR (RED E)
SAFETY (GREEN S)
SECURITY (BLACK S)
SUPPLY (BLUE E)
WEAPONS (BLACK W)
CARRIER MAINTENANCE (PURPLE E)
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