Fast-attack submarine USS Greenville earns battle efficiency award

Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Greeneville (SSN 772) salute the ensign following the completion of her six-month deployment to the Western Pacific Ocean in Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in November 2016. Photo: US Navy.

U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Greenville (SSN 772) was presented with a battle efficiency award on January 27.

Capt. Rick Seif, commander of Submarine Squadron one presented the award to Greeneville after her crew attained the highest overall readiness to carry out her wartime tasks.

With a crew of approximately 160 sailors, Greeneville conducted a multitude of missions and demonstrated the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet in its 2016 Western Pacific deployment from May to November 2016.

“I am proud to be the Captain of such an amazing crew,” said Cmdr. Gabe Anseeuw, commanding officer of the Greeneville. “The crew’s determination and hard work kept the Greeneville at sea to support national tasking. Tonight is a night where we honor each and every one of the Greeneville family, both the Sailors and loved ones back at home.”

Anseeuw said, without the support of the crew’s loved one back home Greenville would not have been as successful on their deployment.

Seaman Elijah Jackson of Houston, Texas, Seaman Chance Long of Denver, Colorado, Seaman Gerry Vang of St. Paul, Minnesota, entered the ranks of the submarine community by earning the coveted warfare device Silver Dolphins. They were formally presented with their pins during the event. The submarine warfare device signifies that the sailor has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of submarine’s design, construction, and operations.

As the awards ceremony closed, Seif presented the crew with a Golden Dragon certificate, a naval tradition that signifies crossing of the International Date Line.

Greeneville is the 61st Los Angeles-class submarine and the 22nd improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine. She was named after the city of Greeneville, Tennessee.

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