USS Chancellorsville is a Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser in service in the United States Navy. She is named for the Battle of Chancellorsville of the Civil War; until 30 December 2011, the ship was operationally part of Carrier Strike Group Seven. In 2010 she was administratively under the command of Naval Surface Forces Pacific, she is assigned to Carrier Strike Group Five and is deployed to Yokosuka, Japan. Chancellorsville carries guided missiles and rapid-fire cannons, with anti-air, anti-surface and anti-subsurface capabilities, she carries two Seahawk Light airborne multi-purpose system helicopters, focused on anti-submarine warfare. Chancellorsville was commissioned at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss, on 4 November 1989, she first deployed in March 1991, to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Storm. Chancellorsville was next deployed from February to August 1993, to the Persian Gulf as part of the Nimitz Battle Group. On 26 June 1993, Chancellorsville launched strikes on the Iraqi Intelligence Center in Baghdad with nine Tomahawk missiles in retaliation for the aborted assassination attempt on former President Bush.
She deployed again to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf from April to October 1995. Following a Fifth Fleet deployment to the North Persian Gulf in 1995, Chancellorsville was awarded the Spokane Trophy in 1996; the Spokane Trophy is awarded by Commander-in-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet to the surface combatant ship considered to be the most proficient in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations. Chancellorsville deployed to the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific in support of joint counter-narcotics operations in November 1997. During this deployment, she rescued the crew of an Ecuadorian fishing vessel, adrift for 10 days. Upon her return home, Chancellorsville underwent her first major nine-month overhaul in San Diego, California. On 7 July 1998, Chancellorsville changed homeport from San Diego, to Yokosuka, joining Task Force 70/Battle Force Seventh Fleet, Carrier Group Five. After arriving in Yokosuka, Chancellorsville participated in multinational operations in the Sea of Japan, including the International Fleet Review.
Chancellorsville took part in exercises with the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in the spring of 1999. On 6 April 1999, Chancellorsville deployed to the Persian Gulf in company with Kitty Hawk and Curtis Wilbur in support of Operation Southern Watch, returned to Yokosuka on 5 January 2000. In May 2000, Chancellorsville participated in exercises with the Singaporean navies. Following a visit to Qingdao, China, in August 2000, Chancellorsville took part in ANNUALEX 12G, a joint U. S.-Japanese naval exercise. In November, Chancellorsville fired guns and SM-2 missiles as part of MISSILEX 01-1. In March through June 2001, she visited Singapore, Thailand and Sydney, Australia, as part of an extended Spring Cruise. Chancellorsville entered dry dock for an upkeep period in the fall. In September 2001, Chancellorsville deployed with the Kitty Hawk Battle Group in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, operating in the theater for several months. Chancellorsville paid her first visit to Vladivostok, Russia, in July 2002, celebrating Independence Day in Russia along with Fort McHenry.
In March 2003, the ship was assigned to Carrier Group Five. On 22 October 2003, Chancellorsville played host in Guam to two warships of the People's Republic of China, which made the first-ever visit of the Chinese navy to Guam. By May 2004, she was back in the Southwest Asian region, where she lent aid to a disabled Indonesian fishing boat. On 19 July 2004, Chancellorsville departed Yokosuka to participate in the Summer Pulse 2004 and training Exercise Joint Air and Sea Exercises'04, with the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Summer Pulse'04 was the Navy's first implementation of the new Fleet Response Plan, she returned to homeport 7 September. Chancellorsville entered a nine-week dry dock availability in February 2005. Following the maintenance period, she returned to sea to participate in the exercises Talisman Saber 2005, the third annual Orange Crush and the Joint Air and Sea Exercise 2005, she returned to Yokosuka in August. ANNUALEX 2005 commenced in November with Chancellorsville participating, along with other U.
S. and Japanese assets. The exercise saw a total of 61 naval vessels, including two U. S. submarines, 10 U. S. Navy ships and 49 Japanese ships. Chancellorsville returned to Yokosuka 12 December. In August 2006, Chancellorsville swapped with Shiloh based in San Diego. Chancellorsville's homeport was changed with Shiloh moving to Yokosuka; the crews remain in their respective locations. In winter of 2006, Chancellorsville deployed again into the Western Pacific, visiting Singapore and Pattaya, Thailand, in February. In April, she joined forces of the Republic of Korea for Reception, Onward-movement, & Integration and Foal Eagle 2006, exercises utilizing more than 70 U. S. and Korean ships. Chancellorsville returned to Yokosuka in August in preparation for a hull swap with Shiloh. Chancellorsville is scheduled to return to San Diego, in October 2006, making it her homeport once again. In March 2011, in company with the carrier Ronald Reagan, Chancellorsville was deployed off northeastern Honshu, Japan, to assist with relief efforts after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.
During that time, helicopter crews from Ronald Reagan were exposed to leaking radiation from the nuclear accidents and ships from the carrier strike group were moved to avoid being downwind from the facility. During the latter half of 2012, Chancellorsville underwent equipment upgrades as part of the Aegis Modernization effort ACB
USS Simon Bolivar (SSBN-641)
USS Simon Bolivar, a Benjamin Franklin class fleet ballistic missile submarine, was the only ship of the United States Navy to be named for Simón Bolívar, a hero of the independence movements of the former Spanish colonies in South America. Simon Bolivar's keel was laid down on 17 April 1963 by the Newport News Shipbuilding of Newport News, Virginia, she was launched on 22 August 1964, sponsored by Mrs. Thomas C. Mann, commissioned on 29 October 1965 with Commander Charles H. Griffiths commanding the Blue Crew and Commander Charles A. Orem commanding the Gold Crew. During late December 1965 and most of January 1966, Simon Bolivar underwent demonstration and shakedown operations; the Gold Crew fired a Polaris A-3 ballistic missile off the coast of Cape Kennedy, Florida, on 17 January 1966, the Blue Crew completed a successful Polaris missile firing on 31 January. The Gold Crew continued shakedown operations in the Caribbean Sea in February; the following month, Simon Bolivar's home port was changed to Charleston, South Carolina, where she was assigned to Submarine Squadron 18, minor deficiencies were corrected during a shipyard availability period.
In April 1966 Simon Bolivar got underway and went to alert status for the first of more than 70 strategic deterrent patrols spanning four decades and three major submarine launched ballistic missile weapons systems. During Simon Bolivar's commissioned period she operated in the Atlantic and Mediterranean from three sites: Holy Loch, Scotland. Refit sites consisted of a submarine tender, floating dry dock and complexes of piers and warehouses. At the Scotland site, the entire refit site was anchored out in Holy Loch. Simon Bolivar's routine of deterrent patrols out of Charleston by her two crews continued until 7 February 1971, when she returned to Newport News for overhaul and conversion of her ballistic missile system to support Poseidon missiles. Simon Bolivar departed Newport News on 12 May 1972 for post-overhaul shakedown operations and refresher training for her two crews, which lasted until 16 September 1972. By the end of 1972, she had resumed deterrent patrols while operating from the SSBN refit site in Rota, Spain serviced by submarine tender USS Simon Lake as part of Submarine Squadron 16.
During the summer of 1974, Simon Bolivar completed what was to be her final refit at the Rota SSBN site. Departing the site diving, the ship headed southeasterly for passage through the Straits of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea, she went to alert status for her 24th deterrent patrol. Following completion of the patrol, the ship traveled westward across the Mediterranean through the Straits of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic. Seventy four days after departing Rota and submerging, Simon Bolivar surfaced off the US east coast in October 1974. Simon Bolivar had now been assigned to the Charleston refit site and was again part of Submarine Squadron 18. Submarine tender USS Hunley provided re-supply services. Patrol areas were in the North Atlantic. In 1974 Simon Bolivar was awarded both a Battle Effectiveness Award and the Providence Plantation Award for most outstanding fleet ballistic missile submarine in the United States Atlantic Fleet, she was awarded consecutive Battle "E"'s in 1975 and 1976.
During a 1976 strategic patrol, a crew member experienced a life-threatening medical emergency. The ship aborted its alert patrol status, charted an easterly course for a high speed transit to a medevac point off the UK coast. Upon reaching shallow water of 100 fathoms, the ship surfaced into a raging winter storm with waves breaking over the ship, its sail and the harnassed watchstanders in the cockpit of the sail. Inside the ship the crew endured difficult conditions due to constant rolling of the circular hull in the high sea state. Simon Bolivar continued a high speed surface run until the evacuation point was reached enabling a transfer of the ill crewman; the Simon Bolivar returned to open ocean and resumed alert patrol status ending with a return to the Charleston SSBN site. The evacuated crew member survived; as part of a "warm – cold water" refit exchange program, in 1977 the ship conducted one "cold water" refit from the Holy Loch SSBN site in Scotland with maintenance and supply services provided by submarine tender USS Holland.
Departing Holy Loch for her assigned operating areas the ship completed its 34th deterrent patrol. Following a trans-Atlantic transit, Simon Bolivar returned to the "warm water" Charleston SSBN site to continue its normal refit-patrol operating cycle from the continental US. In February 1979, following her 40th deterrent patrol, Simon Bolivar entered Portsmouth Naval Shipyard at Kittery, for overhaul and conversion of her ballistic missile system to support Trident C-4 ballistic missiles. Upon completion of overhaul she returned to her home port of Charleston in January 1981. Simon Bolivar continued to make deterrent patrols, undergoing occasional refits at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Georgia, was awarded her 4th and 5th Battle "E"'s in 1982 and 1990, she launched a Trident test missile in the summer of 1983. In 1994 Simon Bolivar returned from its 73rd and final strategic nuclear deterrent patrol, 28 years after it departed port for its 1st patrol. Master Chief Hospital Corpsman William R. Charette served as an Independent Duty Corpsman onboard Simon Bolivar.
He was a recipient of the U. S. military's highest decoration for valor, the Medal of Honor. Known as "Doc" to his shipmates, he was held in the highest regard during his tour of duty aboard Simon
USS Rankin (AKA-103)
USS Rankin was a Tolland-class attack cargo ship in service with the United States Navy from 1945 to 1947 and was recommssioned between 1952 and 1971. She was sunk as an artificial reef in 1988. USS Rankin' was named after Mississippi, her keel was laid down on 31 October 1944 at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was launched 52 days on 22 December, commissioned in Charleston, South Carolina on 25 February 1945. Rankin was laid down on 31 October 1944 as Maritime Commission hull 1702 by North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, North Carolina. Rankin was launched on 22 December 1944, sponsored by Mrs. L. C. Freeman; the ship was acquired by the Navy on 25 January 1945, ferried to the Charleston Navy Yard for conversion to an AKA. She was commissioned on 25 February 1945. Lieutenant Commander Thomas D. Price was her first commanding officer. Following an Atlantic shakedown, Rankin steamed on 26 March 1945 in company with Tollberg for the Panama Canal Zone. Joining the Pacific Fleet on 1 April, she loaded Marine Corps replacement equipment at San Francisco and steamed independently for Hawaii on 17 April.
Intensive training in shipboard procedures and amphibious techniques followed. She took on 5,000 tons of Army ammunition at Honolulu and, in company with Tolovana, steamed on 25 May for Ulithi. Escorted by Enright, the two ships went on to deliver their vital cargoes at Okinawa. During her 17 days at the Battle of Okinawa, the ship faced more than 100 air raids by kamikaze. All ammunition was offloaded between air raids. Rankin departed Okinawa on 28 June 1945 in convoy for Saipan. There she offloaded her boat group and steamed independently for San Francisco, arriving on 20 July. After taking on her allowance of landing craft, she put in at Seattle for repairs. Hostilities ended during loading operations, her ammunition was offloaded, the ship sailed for the Philippines, arriving Manila on 9 September. Assigned to TransRon 20, Rankin steamed for Lingayen Gulf. En route, she touched at Subic Bay, contributed landing craft to the boat pool there, commenced taking on equipment of the 25th Army Division from the San Fabian beaches.
The squadron got underway for Japan on 1 October. After riding at anchor for nearly three weeks while the approaches to Nagoya, southern Honshū, were cleared of mines, the squadron entered that port on 27 October. Rankin embarked Navy personnel there, took on inoperable landing craft at Samar in the Philippines, sailed for home, arriving San Francisco on 25 November; that same day, Capt. William L. McDonald assumed command of the ship. On 20 May 1946, Capt. Griswold T. Atkins took command; the ship visited China and Japan during 1946 and early 1947. The ship returned home, on 10 March 1947, Cdr. George D. Arntz took command. Rankin was decommissioned on 21 May at San Francisco and entered the Maritime Commission's National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California. Rankin was recommissioned on 22 March 1952 at the Todd Shipyard, California, with Capt. Bernard H. Meyer in command. Following shakedown, the ship transited the Panama Canal to join the Amphibious Force, Atlantic Fleet. Operating out of Norfolk, she commenced a lengthy second career of support for amphibious training operations along the East Coast as well as in the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lawson P. Ramage took command of the ship on 11 April 1953, serving until relieved by Capt. Malcolm T. Munger on 19 July 1954. Capt. James D. Ferguson took command on 20 July 1955. On 4 October 1956, Capt. W. F. A. Wendt took command. On 11 September 1957, Capt. John Harllee relieved Capt. Wendt. On 18 July 1958, Rankin was among the amphibious forces which landed 5,000 U. S. Marines in Lebanon, in response to a request from the Lebanese Government for assistance in averting civil war. Capt. John S. C. Gabbert took command on 19 February 1959, two weeks Rankin departed Norfolk for a six-month cruise to the Mediterranean as part of the United States Sixth Fleet. A cruise book was published to commemorate this trip. From 1959–1968, Rankin deployed periodically to the Caribbean with Amphibious Squadron 10, a fast amphibious squadron with Vertical Envelopment capabilities. Operating in the Caribbean, she called at Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Haiti and Cuba. Capt. Leonard E. Harmon assumed command on 10 February 1960, serving until relieved by Capt. Thomas F.
Howe on 10 March 1961. Capt. John S. Leidel took command on 29 May 1962. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of October and November 1962, occasioned by the discovery of Russian intermediate-range ballistic missiles in Cuba, Rankin operated in the force, marshaled in Cuban waters, prepared for any eventuality. In January 1963, Rankin departed Norfolk with PHIBRON 10 and various components of the 2nd Marine Battalion. In late February, she visited Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in company with Boxer for the inauguration of president Juan Bosch. For this service, Rankin received commendations from vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson, she returned to Norfolk on 7 March. In April, as a result of the unstable political situation in Haiti, the ship proceeded directly to a position off that country and patrolled in the Gulf of Gonave for thirty-one days until tensions eased. Navy Cross winner George C. Cook took command of Rankin on 16 July 1963, she subsequently had a yard period at Norfolk Naval Shipyard.
Refresher training at Guantanamo Bay followed early in January 1964. Capt. William T. Rapp took command on 22 August 1964. Rankin participated in exercise "Steel Pike I" off the Spanish coast 28 Septe
United States Navy
The United States Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It is the largest and most capable navy in the world and it has been estimated that in terms of tonnage of its active battle fleet alone, it is larger than the next 13 navies combined, which includes 11 U. S. allies or partner nations. With the highest combined battle fleet tonnage and the world's largest aircraft carrier fleet, with eleven in service, two new carriers under construction. With 319,421 personnel on active duty and 99,616 in the Ready Reserve, the Navy is the third largest of the service branches, it has 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft as of March 2018, making it the second-largest air force in the world, after the United States Air Force. The U. S. Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, established during the American Revolutionary War and was disbanded as a separate entity shortly thereafter.
The U. S. Navy played a major role in the American Civil War by blockading the Confederacy and seizing control of its rivers, it played the central role in the World War II defeat of Imperial Japan. The US Navy emerged from World War II as the most powerful navy in the world; the 21st century U. S. Navy maintains a sizable global presence, deploying in strength in such areas as the Western Pacific, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, it is a blue-water navy with the ability to project force onto the littoral regions of the world, engage in forward deployments during peacetime and respond to regional crises, making it a frequent actor in U. S. foreign and military policy. The Navy is administratively managed by the Department of the Navy, headed by the civilian Secretary of the Navy; the Department of the Navy is itself a division of the Department of Defense, headed by the Secretary of Defense. The Chief of Naval Operations is the most senior naval officer serving in the Department of the Navy.
The mission of the Navy is to maintain and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas. The U. S. Navy is a seaborne branch of the military of the United States; the Navy's three primary areas of responsibility: The preparation of naval forces necessary for the effective prosecution of war. The maintenance of naval aviation, including land-based naval aviation, air transport essential for naval operations, all air weapons and air techniques involved in the operations and activities of the Navy; the development of aircraft, tactics, technique and equipment of naval combat and service elements. U. S. Navy training manuals state that the mission of the U. S. Armed Forces is "to be prepared to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations in support of the national interest." As part of that establishment, the U. S. Navy's functions comprise sea control, power projection and nuclear deterrence, in addition to "sealift" duties, it follows as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, with it, everything honorable and glorious.
Naval power... is the natural defense of the United States The Navy was rooted in the colonial seafaring tradition, which produced a large community of sailors and shipbuilders. In the early stages of the American Revolutionary War, Massachusetts had its own Massachusetts Naval Militia; the rationale for establishing a national navy was debated in the Second Continental Congress. Supporters argued that a navy would protect shipping, defend the coast, make it easier to seek out support from foreign countries. Detractors countered that challenging the British Royal Navy the world's preeminent naval power, was a foolish undertaking. Commander in Chief George Washington resolved the debate when he commissioned the ocean-going schooner USS Hannah to interdict British merchant ships and reported the captures to the Congress. On 13 October 1775, the Continental Congress authorized the purchase of two vessels to be armed for a cruise against British merchant ships. S. Navy; the Continental Navy achieved mixed results.
In August 1785, after the Revolutionary War had drawn to a close, Congress had sold Alliance, the last ship remaining in the Continental Navy due to a lack of funds to maintain the ship or support a navy. In 1972, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo Zumwalt, authorized the Navy to celebrate its birthday on 13 October to honor the establishment of the Continental Navy in 1775; the United States was without a navy for nearly a decade, a state of affairs that exposed U. S. maritime merchant ships to a series of attacks by the Barbary pirates. The sole armed maritime presence between 1790 and the launching of the U. S. Navy's first warships in 1797 was the U. S. Revenue-Marine, the primary predecessor of the U. S. Coast Guard. Although the USRCS conducted operations against the pirates, their depredations far outstripped its abilities and Congress passed the Naval Act of 1794 that established a permanent standing navy on 27 March 1794; the Naval Act ordered the construction and manning of six frigates and, by October 1797, the first three were brought into service: USS United States, USS Constellation, USS Constitution.
Due to his strong posture on having a strong standing Navy during this period, John Adams is "often called the father of the American Navy". In 1798–99 the Navy was involved in an undeclared Quasi-War with France. From 18
The Battenberg Cup is an award given annually as a symbol of operational excellence to the best ship or submarine in the United States Navy Atlantic Fleet. The cup was awarded as a trophy to the winner of cutter or longboat rowing competitions between crews of American and British naval ships. In more recent years it has been presented to the Battle Efficiency "E" winner selected as the best all-around ship of the Fleet based on crew achievements; these include performance in competition for Atlantic Fleet Sportsmanship Award, TYCOM Sailor of the Year Award, Golden Anchor Award, Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award, command excellence awards. Other information, such as operating schedules and unusual factors contributing to the nomination may be considered. In 1905, Prince Louis of Battenberg, commanding the five ships of the Royal Navy's 2nd Cruiser Squadron, visited the United States, making port visits in New York City and Washington, D. C. Shortly after his return to England, Battenberg sent the cup to Rear Admiral Robley Evans who at the time commanded the US North Atlantic Fleet.
Battenberg requested. The challenge rules were set up for cutter racing, including a provision that British sailors could compete with their American counterparts “whenever a ship holding the cup would fall in with a British Man-O-War.” Only once in 34 years of competition and 52 challenges did the Americans lose the cup to the British. The rowing competition was never resumed; the cup was present at the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 aboard USS West Virginia, the last ship to win the cup. It survived the sinking of the West Virginia during the attack and remained aboard as she was raised and returned to the war; the ship retained custody of the cup until her decommissioning in 1947 when the cup was displayed at several Navy commands. It was placed in the Navy Memorial Museum in Washington, D. C. until the competition reemerged in 1978 with new criteria. The side of the 3-foot-high, silver-plated cup is engraved, "To the enlisted men of the North Atlantic Fleet from their British cousins of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron.
In grateful remembrance of the many kindnesses, tokens of good fellowship and wonderful entertainments that were given to them in cordial friendship by their comrades across the sea." It features the crossed ensigns of the US Royal Navy. 2017 — USS Hartford 2016 — USS Mason 2015 — USS George Washington 2014 — USS Alaska 2013 — USS Gettysburg 2012 — USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 2011 — USS George H. W. Bush 2010 — USS Boise 2009 — USS Carney 2008 — USS Kearsarge 2007 — USS Enterprise 2006 — USS Dwight D. Eisenhower 2005 — USS Memphis 2004 — USS Anzio 2003 — USS Harry S. Truman 2002 — USS George Washington 2001 — USS Theodore Roosevelt 2000 — USS George Washington 1999 — USS Miami 1998 — USS Barry 1997 — USS George Washington 1996 — USS Barry 1995 — USS America 1994 — USS Barry 1993 — USS Theodore Roosevelt 1992 — USS San Jacinto 1991 — USS Theodore Roosevelt 1988 — USS Nicholas 1986 — USS Underwood 1985 — USS Iowa 1983 — USS John F. Kennedy 1982 — USS Mississippi 1980 — USS Briscoe 1979 — USS Richard L. Page 1978 — USS Albany 1978 — USS Holland 1941–1977 — NO AWARD 1940 — USS West Virginia 1939 — USS Enterprise 1937 — USS Tennessee 1936 — USS Concord 1935 — USS Concord 1934 — USS Arkansas 1931 — USS Arizona 1920 — USS Nevada 1919 — USS Arizona 1918 — USS Arizona 1909 — USS Minnesota 1907 — HMS Argyll 1906 — USS Illinois Stillwell, Paul.
Battleship Arizona. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1991. ISBN 0-87021-023-8. OCLC 23654474
Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award
The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award is presented annually by the U. S. Navy's Chief of Naval Operations to one ship in the U. S. Atlantic Fleet and one in the U. S. Pacific Fleet. A list of winners appears at the end of this article; the recipient is the ship with the highest score in the fleet's annual competitions for Battle Efficiency Awards, is therefore thought of as the fleet's most battle-ready ship. This isn't correct, because it has been the policy to rotate eligibility for the award annually among the various type commands; the award includes a small monetary stipend. Commanding officers receiving the award must put the money into the ship's recreation fund, where it can be spent on athletic equipment, prizes for athletic or marksmanship competitions, recreation room furniture, dances and similar recreational activities; the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund was established in 1917 by the Tribune Association. It was initiated by a contribution which accompanied the following letter, printed on February 4, 1916: The letter was written during the buildup to America's entry into World War I, it generated a huge response.
Former president Theodore Roosevelt responded with a handwritten letter and a dollar contribution. The Tribune printed the name of every contributor, newspapers across the country reprinted Marjorie's letter and received additional donations. 200,000 dimes were collected, each in the name of a child or a contributor's yet-to-be born grandchild. The money was offered to the Navy, but Secretary Josephus Daniels at first rejected it, citing legal prohibitions. A law was soon enacted allowing the Navy Department to accept the money, by early 1918 the $20,000 had been transferred to the government. Prior to World War II, income from the fund was used to pay prizes annually to turret and gun crews making the highest scores in short-range battle practice, to submarine crews making the highest scores in torpedo firing. Since the end of World War II, the Navy has emphasized readiness and fitness of the ship rather than competition between individual departments. Marjorie Sterrett-Raun died in March 1927 in Pennsylvania.
1948 was the first post-World War II year. Awards were discontinued in 1951 due to the Korean War, were not reinstated until 1958. 14 ships received the award in 1961 and 1962. The 1963 ship history for USS Enterprise reported that they were awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award in August 1963. OPNAVINST 3590.11F New York Tribune, February 4–13, 1916 New York Times, February 11, 1916 Wall Street Journal, January 13, 1917 "How did it start? - Marjorie Sterrett Award". All Hands: 55. 1961
Navy E Ribbon
The Battle Efficiency Ribbon, Navy "E" Ribbon, or the Battle "E" ribbon was established in July 1976 by Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf; the Navy "E" Ribbon denotes permanent duty on U. S. Navy ships, aviation squadrons, or units that have won a battle efficiency competition after July 1, 1974; this ribbon replaces the "E" patch sewn on the right sleeve of the enlisted naval uniform for pay grades E-1 through E-6. United States Marine Corps personnel assigned; the Navy "E" Ribbon does not have a corresponding medal, meaning that when in full dress uniform, the ribbon is placed above the right breast pocket of the uniform instead of the left. However, when in standard uniform, the ribbon is placed above the left breast pocket, along with all other citations and awards; the Navy "E" Ribbon was designed by AZ3 Cynthia L. Crider in 1973, it took 3 years to have her design and recommendation be approved by the Secretary of the Navy and the ribbon created by the Department of the Army, which has the final approval for the design and colors of all ribbons and medals in the U.
S. military. AZ3 Crider was stationed at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 88, a Naval Air Reserve E-2 Hawkeye squadron at NAS North Island, CA. Petty Officer Third Class Crider designed the ribbon after her squadron won the award for the second time in a row, but with the new uniform change would not be able to wear anything on their uniforms to show they had been awarded the Navy'E' two consecutive times, back in 1973; the "E" is one of the few ribbons, not an individual award. Instead, it is a unit award, issued to any U. S. servicemember, stationed as ship's company when the award is earned. Embarked personnel are not authorized to receive the award; the United States Coast Guard's equivalent of the Navy "E" Ribbon is the Coast Guard "E" Ribbon. For each award of the Navy "E" Ribbon, one 3/16 inch silver Battle "E" device is authorized for wear on the Navy "E" ribbon, up to the third award; when a service member receives a fourth Navy "E" award, a Wreathed Battle "E" device is bestowed.
This replaces the first three devices and "closes out" the award ribbon — no further devices are authorized for display of additional awards. While service members may receive more than four Navy "E"s, only four may be displayed. Multiple "E" attachments are placed in a horizontal line in the center of the ribbon. Awards and decorations of the United States military Army-Navy ‘E’ Award Battle Effectiveness Award