In this file photo, Virginia-class fast attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775), accompanied by two tug boats, glides into Subic Bay, Philippines, Nov. 10, 2011, for a port visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Chris Williamson)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) announced the recipients of the 2011 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.

"The competition for Battle Efficiency awards was extremely tough. These awards recognize commands which were evaluated during the past year to have attained the highest overall or departmental readiness to carry out their wartime task," said Rear Adm. Frank Caldwell, Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, in the message to the force. "I am extremely proud of your outstanding performance. Well done and congratulations!"

The Pacific Force Battle "E" winners and their homeports are:

Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 1 (Pearl Harbor, Hawaii) - USS Texas (SSN 775) SUBRON 3 (Pearl Harbor) - USS Olympia (SSN 717) SUBDEVRON 5 (Bangor) - USS Connecticut (SSN 22) SUBRON 7 (Pearl Harbor) - USS Santa Fe (SSN 763) SUBRON 11 (San Diego) - USS Hampton (SSN 767) SUBRON 15 (Guam) - USS Buffalo (SSN 715) SUBRON 17 (Bangor, Wash.) - USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) (Blue & Gold) SUBRON 19 (Bangor) - USS Michigan (SSGN 727) (Gold) Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and Floating Dry Dock Arco (ADRM-5).

Special Category was awarded to the Torpedo Weapons Retriever Devil Ray (TWR 6) out of Naval Base Point Loma.

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.