"Each crew member of an award winner can be justifiably proud of their contribution to improve Pacific Submarine Force readiness," Roegge said in the message. "I am extremely proud of your outstanding performance. Well done and congratulations!"
The winners for each squadron are ... drumroll, please:
- * Commander, Submarine Squadron 1, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Attack submarine North Carolina, skippered by Cmdr. Gary Montalvo.
- Submarine Development Squadron 5, Bangor, Washington: Attack submarine Seawolf, skippered by Cmdr. Jeff Bierley.
- SUBRON 7, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii: Attack submarine Santa Fe, skippered by Cmdr. Tim Poe and then Cmdr. Jake Foret.
- SUBRON 11, San Diego, California: Attack submarine Hampton, skippered by Cmdr. Lincoln Reifsteck, followed by Cmdr. Theron Davis.
- SUBRON 15, Polaris Point, Guam: Attack submarine Key West, commanded by Cmdr. John Thompson.
- SUBRON 17, Bangor, Washington: Ballistic missile submarine Nevada; Blue Crew led skippered by Cmdr. James McIver, and Gold Crew by Cmdr. Chad Hennings.
- SUBRON 19, Bangor, Washington: Guided missile submarine Michigan; Gold Crew led by Capt. Benjamin Pearson and then Capt. Gustavo Gutierrez, and and whose Blue Crew by Capt. Erik Burian and then Capt. Joseph Turk.
The submarine tender Frank Cable, out of Guam, also earned the Battle 'E' for its category.
David B. Larter was the naval warfare reporter for Defense News.