USS Howard Earns Arleigh Burke Award

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
By Lt. j.g. Robert Liberato, USS Howard Public Affairs

Adm. Robert F. Willard, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, presented the crew of USS Howard (DDG 83) the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award for the U.S. Pacific for 2006 on Aug. 3. The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award, named after one of the U.S. Navy's most famous destroyer squadron commanders and the Chief of Naval Operations from 1955 to 1961, is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron (one in the Pacific Fleet and one in the Atlantic Fleet) that has achieved the greatest improvement during the preceding year in operational readiness, inspections, retention and improvement in the Battle Efficiency Award program.

Willard presented the award to Howard's crew during a ceremony held on board Howard at BAE shipyard in San Diego where the crew is completing a nine-week CNO maintenance availability. In a naval message, Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Mullen, recognized Howard's crew for significant operational improvements which translated into superb performance as the Regional Air Defense Commander and Scene-of-Action Commander during highly challenging maritime security operations in the northern Persian Gulf. "It is obvious that the recognition for receiving the Arleigh Burke Award goes to the crew," said Willard. "It recognizes a year's worth of hard work and a job well done."

Willard noted that Howard's dramatic improvements in operational readiness, teamwork and commitment to excellence made her the standout ship and a front-runner during Composite Unit Training Exercise, Joint Task Force Exercise and a high-tempo deployment as the Air Defense Commander for Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group, the joint U.S.-Indian Navy exercise Malabar 2006 and in the northern Persian Gulf. Howard Sailors were excited about the award and the admiral's visit. "When I found out that Howard was getting the award, I thought it was huge," said Gas Turbine System Mechanic 1st Class (SW) Lashonda Wright. "The blue shirts had come together and put forth the effort to get the job done, this award was well deserved." "This is a remarkable achievement,” said Navy Career Counselor (SW) Veronica Holliday. "No matter where you go or what you do, you can look back and remember you were a part of USS Howard."

"The credit for the Arleigh Burke Award goes to the junior officers, chief petty officers and blue shirts carrying out the orders and maintaining the standards set by the senior leadership on a day-to-day basis," said Ensign Brent Szychulda. During the ceremony, Willard also took time to recognize two of Howard's Sailors of the Quarter, Storekeeper 1st Class (SW) Miguel Moranparra and Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class (SW) Felicia Allen. In addition, Willard recognized Theresa Howard who attended the ceremony with family and friends. Ms. Howard is the co-sponsor for Howard and the widow of Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt. Jimmy Howard, the ship's namesake.

Maritime Reporter July 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Lukoil Shipped Canadian Crude from Houston

Russian oil major Lukoil has emerged as one of the first companies to buy Canadian crude re-exported from a U.S. port, shipping one cargo last month to its refinery in Augusta,

Vestas Profit Beats Forecast

Danish wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems posted much higher than expected second-quarter earnings and slightly increased its guidance for the full year, signaling

MV Cape Ray Signals DTRA 'Mission Complete'

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency announces the successful completion of the Cape Ray's mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons components at sea. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency/U.

Navy

MV Cape Ray Signals DTRA 'Mission Complete'

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency announces the successful completion of the Cape Ray's mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons components at sea. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency/U.

Aircraft Carrier Hull Ready for Delivery

A large section of HMS Prince of Wales has been loaded out of its dock hall in Portsmouth ready for delivery to Rosyth for final assembly of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier to begin.

Today in U.S. Naval History: August 19

Today in U.S. Naval History - August 19 1812 - USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere. 1812- Devastating hurricane struck the Navy's New Orleans station,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1886 sec (5 req/sec)