PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) - Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) announced the recipients of the 2010 Battle Efficiency (Battle "E") award in an official message to the submarine force Jan. 1.

The Battle "E" is an award of merit presented to the most proficient submarine crew in each squadron and recognizes sustained superior technical performance and continual combat readiness throughout the year. The awards are presented by the commodore of each squadron to the submarine under their command which has demonstrated the highest level of battle readiness during the evaluation year.

"Each crew member of an award winner can be justifiably proud of their contribution to improve Pacific Submarine Force readiness," said Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. "Their professionalism and dedication to be the best plays a crucial part in today's worldwide operational environment."

The Pacific Force Battle "E" winners and their homeports are: Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) One (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) - USS Hawaii (SSN 776) SUBRON Three (Pearl Harbor) - USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) SUBRON Seven (Pearl Harbor) - USS Tucson (SSN 770) SUBRON Eleven (San Diego) - USS Hampton (SSN 761) SUBRON Fifteen (Guam) - USS Houston (SSN 713) SUBRON Seventeen (Bangor, Wash.) - USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) (Blue & Gold) SUBRON Nineteen (Bangor) - USS Michigan (SSBN 727) (Blue) Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) in Guam Floating Dry Dock Arco (ADRM-5) in San Diego. Special Category was awarded to the Torpedo Weapons Retriever Swamp Fox (TWR 821) out of San Diego.

Winners of each of the Battle "E" competitive Categories were also announced. Those categories are: the Engineering Red E; Tactical Operations White T; Navigation Red and Green N; Communications Green C; Damage Control Red DC; Supply Blue E; Deck Seamanship White D; Medical Yellow M; Deep Submergence White DS; Strategic Operations White S; Repair Red R; Dental Yellow D; and Weapons Black W.

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