The Makin Island has received the Battle Effectiveness Award for the second time.
Vice Adm. Thomas Rowden, commander of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, announced the award last week, recognizing the commander’s efficiency in an operational and environment and superior performance in each department, said the
“The Battle ‘E’ means more than just a pat on the back,” said Navy Capt. Mark Melson, the Makin Island’s commanding officer. “It is a testament to the crew’s hard work and ownership that make this the best ship in its class. With every inspection, this crew demonstrated that they were the waterfront standard and their performance on a combat deployment continues to inspire me. The sailors of this great warship should wear their ribbons with pride.”
All crew members of the Makin Island during 2016 are authorized to wear the Battle 'E' ribbon.
“The crew’s efforts sustained the health of the ship, and we were able to support a range of critical maritime security operations without stopping for [a mid-deployment voyage repair],” Melson said. “No big deck has done that in a long time, and the men and women aboard this ship should be proud of that accomplishment.”