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Monday, January 03, 2011

2010 Battle "E" Winners

The SUBPAC winners of the 2010 Battle "E" are as follows:

Commander Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 1: USS Hawaii (SSN 776)
SUBRON 3: USS Jacksonville (SSN 699)
SUBRON 7: USS Tucson (SSN 770)
SUBRON 11: USS Hampton (SSN 767)
SUBRON 15: USS Houston (SSN 713)
SUBRON 17: USS Nebraska (Blue and Gold) (SSBN 739)
SUBRON 19: USS Michigan (Blue) (SSGN 727)
USS Frank Cable (AS 40)
Floating Dry Dock Arco (ARDM 5)
Special category awarded to Torpedo Weapons Retriever Swamp Fox (TWR 821)

It looks like the only repeat winners from last year are Frank Cable and Arco. Of interest is that there seems to be no SubDevRon 5 winner this year. Since my last two boats are in that squadron, I can't help but say that saddens me a little. (It's also possible that the announcement on the COMSUBPAC Facebook page just inadvertently failed to include it.)

I'll post the SUBLANT list as soon as I see it.

Update 0558 04 Jan: The SUBLANT list is here; I'll write it out when I get home from work tonight.

Update 0546 05 Jan: The SUBLANT winners:

SUBRON 2: USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720)
SUBRON 4: USS Virginia (SSN 774)
SUBRON 6: USS Albany (SSN 753)
SUBRON 8: USS Boise (SSN 764)
SUBDEVRON 12: USS Alexandria (SSN 757)
SUBRON 16: USS Florida (SSGN 728) Blue and Gold
SUBRON 20: USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) Blue and Gold


Blogger Nate Robertson said...

SUBLANT Results:

Commander, Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) Two (Groton, Conn.) – USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720), commanded by Cmdr. Michael Savageaux.

SUBRON Four (Groton, Conn.) – USS Virginia (SSN 774), currently commanded by Cmdr. Tim Salter, but also commanded during the competition by Cmdr. James Waters.

SUBRON Six (Norfolk, Va.) – USS Albany (SSN 753), commanded by Cmdr. Thomas R. "T.R." Buchanan.

SUBRON Eight (Norfolk, Va.) – USS Boise (SSN 764), commanded by Cmdr. Brian Sittlow.

Commander, Submarine Development Squadron Twelve (Groton, Conn.) – USS Alexandria (SSN 757), commanded by Cmdr. Eugene Doyle.

SUBRON Sixteen (Kings Bay, Ga.) – USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Blue) commanded by Capt. Randy Crites, and USS Florida (SSGN 728) (Gold), commanded by Capt. Thomas Calabrese.

SUBRON Twenty (Kings Bay, Ga.) – USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Blue), currently commanded by Cmdr. Douglas Adams, but also commanded during the competition by Cmdr. Robert Clark, and USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) (Gold) commanded by Cmdr. Kevin Mooney.

1/03/2011 11:16 PM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Uh...There more than one CMDR Kevin Mooney out there? May want to verify that.

1/04/2011 3:25 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Different Kevin Mooney on RI. SAN FRAN Kevin Mooney is retired now.

1/04/2011 3:48 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug Adams was my eng on Bremerton when I was a JO - smartest guy I've ever met. He got talked into giving up an approved LDO package to go be an XO.

Is Jerry Logan CO of Michigan Blue? He was Bremerton CO at the time.

If so, 2 for 2 ain't bad from my CoC.

1/04/2011 10:43 AM

Blogger Ret ANAV said...

Did SCC (he was a PXO then) with Buchanan. His way of "introducing himself" was tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Don't Lean on the Scope" (I was shooting a fix and had my arm over the training handle...OOOOHHHHHHHH!). Nice to meet you, too....Cur...who the (frick) are you? After my initial "F..K you and the horse you rode in on" look, we got along fine!

Anon @0348: My is just uncommon enough that it made my antennae twitch.

1/04/2011 3:03 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

how do a floating dry dock and a tender get a Battle "E"?

1/04/2011 4:03 PM

Anonymous a dad said...

Please excuse my ignorance I am not a submariner my son is now in Navy boot camp and has volunteered for subs. I am learning as fast as I can. Can somebody explain in civilian terms what the Battle E signifies for subs? I assume it is a big award but how does a ship usually earn one? Thanks.

1/04/2011 4:44 PM

Blogger Srvd_SSN_CO said...

Snaps for Swamp Fox!!

1/04/2011 4:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure why DEVRON 5 doesn't have a Battle E winner this year listed. Maybe because the Princess (SSN 23) and SEAWOLF (SSN 21) are in drydock for the better part, if not all of, last year while the last boat (SSN 22) does not have a very good reputation or ability to do things right now, or at least as of last summer. The only reason 22 won the Battle E a couple of years ago is because she wined the least among the three.

1/04/2011 5:11 PM

Blogger 630-738 said...

Doug Adams was my eng on Bremerton when I was a JO - smartest guy I've ever met. He got talked into giving up an approved LDO package to go be an XO.

My kid's on Rhode Island Blue, and he says CDR Adams is a huge breath of fresh air compared to the previous guy, not to mention he loves the guy's name. He got his love of "Hitchhiker's Guide" honestly.

1/04/2011 5:28 PM

Anonymous FBNCB said...

@ a dad:

1/04/2011 8:29 PM

Blogger Allison said...

is there a list of the other awards? like the medical M and such??

1/04/2011 8:31 PM

Blogger Thomas said...

"how do a floating dry dock and a tender get a Battle "E"?"

I was wondering the same thing, what the hell's up with that?

1/05/2011 4:52 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I banged a chick off the Arco a few times, that thing deserves the battle E!!!

1/05/2011 6:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Joel, Bob Boyd is the COB of the Pittsburgh, not sure if you remember him on the Topeka. I am sure that he was very instrumental in the boat getting the awards

1/05/2011 11:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Logan was my CO on BREMERTON and Kevin Mooney was the XO, served under Tom Calabrese when he was CO of Michigan (when it was an SSBN) and Gary Pinkerton was the Eng, Gene Doyle was the Squadron Engineer. "I stand on the shoulders of giants." Thank you and congratulations to all of these great leaders, I relieve as XO next week....."I can only succeed him, never replace him"

1/05/2011 9:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go USS Hawaii!! My hubby is on that boat!

1/06/2011 8:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @2149:

You served under CAPT Logan on Bremerton after me. Doug Adams and I transferred about the same time when the boat was in HI, but not yet in the shipyard. CDR Spencer was still XO.

So how much fun was that refuel?

1/06/2011 8:50 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doug Adams and Kevin Mooney certainly deserve this honor...The crews on both sides have done amazing work over the past year. Congratulations to the Rhodys!

1/06/2011 10:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

not quite sure how the Houston got the Battle E. They are the least deserving; The Buffalo is a better boat than the Hou. I think the previous deputy commander at CSS-15who was the previous skipper of Hou had a huge hand in that. Also, the Hawaii was broke for the majority of their last westpac . . . and they get the battle E . . what because they are the newest boat . . doesnt make sense in my book.

1/06/2011 11:54 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

how was the houston least deserving? they only went to sea on time everytime and never had any incidents like the 715 and 705. sounds like you are misinformed shipmate.

1/07/2011 4:16 AM

Blogger Bubblehead said...

Deleted a couple of spamments.

1/07/2011 8:22 AM

Anonymous pc assclown said...

We're one week into the smoking ban. Has there been any assults between crew members yet?

1/07/2011 11:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good to see Hampton's name in a positive light


1/07/2011 5:32 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon @ 0850:

Since we got the Engineering E during the overhaul, I'd say it went pretty well, yoohah BADFISH nucs!

1/07/2011 10:47 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i defintely thought HOUSTON deserved the award. not sure what planet you are from but they were always the best boat as far as planning and results. but i am speaking from an AS40 viewpoint. thats a boat i would like to be on. the engineering department has a clue and is squared away.

1/08/2011 2:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't believe you missed the Squadron One winner USS HAWAII...The War Canoe!

1/16/2011 1:07 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read it again - and this time slowwwwwwly, grasshopper.....

1/16/2011 6:33 AM

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Anonymous NorthwestExsailor said...

My Roomie is on the works for SD5 and said there was no "E" for any of the boats because none of them meet the minimum req.

1/20/2011 11:50 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ a dad...

It's been a while since I've been there, but the Battle E is awarded for the most battle ready boat or ship of a squadron. During the Cold War era, no actual battles would take place, so a combination of all of the inspections (which also have their own "E" awards) and other performance factors throughout the year would determine the winner. My boat, USS Punger SSN-595 (SUBRON3 San Diego) won 2 Battle E's during my 4 years on board. Same year as the first "E", we also won the Pacific Fleet Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award (the most battle ready ship in all of the Pacific fleet) and won or finished well in all of the individual inspections. We only missed one underway time that I can remember-we were at sea the next morning, and we had always had excellent operational success while underway & in port.

1/26/2011 7:12 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous from 1/06/2011 11:54 PM

I'm not sure how you can say that the HAWAII was broken much of her last West Pac since she is only on her FIRST West Pac now.

1/28/2011 3:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Hawaii was definitely not broken for most of the westpac. There were a couple minor material issues that needed resolving, but last I checked, we out performed the 688s that were deployed at the same time.

I would also say that we earned it without the deployment. Definitely one of the best boats in the pacific (and it beats the hell out of being on the texas).

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Blogger simson11 said...

Doug Adams was my eng on Bremerton when I was a JO - smartest guy I've ever met. He got talked into giving up an approved LDO package to go be an XO.

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