USS Hartford to Get Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award

USS Hartford to Get Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy Award

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Hartford (SSN 768) has been named the Atlantic Fleet’s recipient of the prestigious Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. The announcement was made by Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Chief of Naval Operations, May 17.

The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy, named after the famous destroyer squadron commander and former chief of naval operations (1955-61), is presented annually to the ship or aviation squadron in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets that has achieved the greatest improvement during the previous year based on the Battle Efficiency Competition. The competition encompasses operational readiness, inspections, and retention.

Greenert stressed that ‘the performance of Hartford consistently and measurably improved in every warfare area and achieved on-time certification for one of COMSUBFOR’s most challenging deployments.’

Fast-attack submarines conduct multifaceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike capabilities from close proximity and ensure undersea superiority.

Cmdr. Steve Wilkinson, commanding officer, was pleased with the hard work and dedication of the crew.

“This award is about deckplate leadership. It is easy to win the World Series when you are given an all-star team,” said Wilkinson.

Vice Adm. Michael Connor, Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic praised the Hartford’s commanding officer and crew for earning this prestigious award.

“… congratulations to you and your crew for earning the 2012 Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy,” said Connor. “Hartford’s selection is a testament to your team’s outstanding professionalism, hard work and unrelenting commitment to the highest standards. You set the bar high, and your accomplishments are the result of your persistent initiative and the solid leadership of your wardroom and chief’s quarters.”

Hartford returned to Naval Submarine Base New London from the European Command Area of Responsibility, Nov. 17, 2012. During the deployment, Hartford executed the nation’s maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.

Rear Adm. Ken Perry, Commander, Submarine Group 2 also acknowledged the Hartford crew for earning the 2012 Atlantic Fleet Arleigh Burke Fleet trophy.

“Hartford’s selection showcases your determination and relentless pursuit of excellence,” said Perry. “Congratulations to your entire crew for displaying outstanding leadership and daily commitment to steady full-spectrum improvement. The Arleigh Burke trophy was possible through your persistent and positive influence and dedication to the highest standards of our Navy.”

The USS Hartford, commissioned Dec. 10, 1994, is the second U.S. naval vessel to be named in honor of the city of Hartford.

Press Release, May 27, 2013; Image: US Navy