Friday, February 27, 2015

USS Pennsylvania wins Trident submarine award

BANGOR — The USS Pennsylvania Blue and Gold crews have been named to receive the 2014 Trident Submarine Outstanding Performance Award.
Also known as the Olympic Bowl Trophy, the award is presented annually by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League to the top ballistic missile submarine in the Pacific Fleet.
Rear Adm. Dave Kriete, commander of Submarine Group 9, said it's remarkable the Blue and Gold crews upheld the highest standards while working on completely separate patrol cycles.
The Pennsylvania crews spent two-thirds of the year supporting the nation's strategic deterrence mission. They also achieved superior marks in every external validation of readiness during the year, a process that helps determine the award recipient.
The areas include weapons system performance and readiness, navigation performance and practices, communication system performance, material condition and engineering readiness, personnel readiness, initiative in promoting new operational concepts, and tactical readiness.
Also last year, Pennsylvania set the record for the longest strategic deterrent patrol recorded since the beginning of the Poseidon C3 ballistic missile program in the early 1970s. For the year, it traveled more than 27,000 nautical miles.
The two crews are scheduled to receive the Olympic Bowl Trophy on May 16 during the Armed Forces Gala in Bremerton. 

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