Ref: (a) OPNAVINST 3590.11E (The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy/Marjorie Sterrett Battleship

Award/USS Arizona Memorial Trophy)

(b) CINCLANTFLTINST 3590.11E/CINCPACFLTINST 3590.4G (Battle Efficiency Competition,

Trophies and Awards)

(c) OPNAVINST 3590.16B (The James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award)

(d) OPNAVINST 3590.24A (CNO Surface Ships Safety Awards Program)

(e) NAVSEA 59086-UD-STMQ00-CH631 (Preservation of Ships in Service)

(f) OPNAVINST 1650.24 (CNO Aviation-Related Awards)

(g) OPNAVINST 3590.18D (Annual Ship-Helicopter Safety Awards)

(h) OPNAVINST 4100.7A (SECNAV Energy Conservation Awards Program)

(i) OPNAVINST 5090.1A (Environmental and Natural Resources Program)

(j) COMNAVSURFLANT/PACINST 6100.1 (Force Commander Annual Wellness Unit Award)

5201. General

a. In addition to the Battle Efficiency and Command Excellence Awards, certain other awards related to readiness and training are presented to ships of the Naval Surface Forces. These include:


(1) Battenberg Cup Award (NAVSURFLANT) N82/ -

(2) Spokane Trophy (NAVSURFPAC) - /N83

(3) Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy N82/N83

(4) Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award N82/N83

(5) USS Arizona Memorial Trophy N65/N83

(6) James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award N65/N83

(7) Admiral Alfred M. Pride Frigate ASW Readiness Award N65/N83

(8) Association of Old Crows Award N6/N2

(9) CNO Surface Ship Safety Award N82/N46

(10) TYCOM Ship Safety Award N82/N46

(11) Admiral Flatley Award N42/N42

(12) Annual Ship Helicopter Safety Award N42/N42

(13) Junior Officer Award for Excellence in Shiphandling Competition N82/N83

(14) SECNAV Energy Conservation Award N43/N43

(15) SECNAV Environmental Protection Award N43/N46

(16) Force Commander Annual Wellness Unit Award N02M/N01M

(17) Homer W. Carhart Damage Control/Firefighting Award N81/N82

b. Nomination criteria for these awards are listed below. In each case, the award is based on the performance of the ship during the competitive period. Nominations must include justification that describes performance during the competitive period. If a ship reporting directly to the type commander wishes to be nominated, the commanding officer should initiate a nomination letter that includes the pertinent factors justifying consideration for the subject award.

5202. Battenberg Cup Award. (NAVSURFLANT only.) The Battenberg Cup is awarded at the end of each competitive cycle as a symbol of excellence. The cup is presented to the Battle Efficiency "E" winner, ship or submarine, which is 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, Ney Award, and command excellence awards. Other information, such as operating schedules, commitments and unusual factors contributing to the nomination may also be considered. Nominations shall include substantiating rationale according to reference (a).

5203. Spokane Trophy. (NAVSURFPAC only.) The Spokane Trophy is awarded by CINCPACFLT on a cycle basis to the surface combatant ship considered to be the most proficient in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations. The nomination will be submitted by the TYCOM based on the recommendations of the ISIC. Because the award is to recognize demonstrated ability to fully conduct, on a sustained basis, simultaneous and coordinated AW, SUW and USW operations with all installed equipments, no check- off list of particular criteria is appropriate nor can a ship explicitly work for nomination for the award other than by routinely striving for the highest levels of combat systems training and material excellence. Nominations will be solicited from the ISIC each competitive period by separate correspondence and forwarded to CINCPACFLT within 30 days after the end of the current cycle.

5204. The Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy. An annual award to the ship or aviation squadron that has achieved the greatest improvement during the preceding year. The trophy plaque awarded is kept permanently by the recipient. ISICs forward nominations for the Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy to reach TYCOMs not later than 15 January of each year. Negative reports are required. A sample nomination letter is provided in Figure 5-3. A TYCOM nominee will be selected and further nominated to CINCLANTFLT/CINCPACFLT by 10 February for the respective Fleet Award. Fleet CINCs will select annually the ship or aircraft squadron winning the award within two months after the end of the calendar year and will present the trophy on behalf of CNO. In addition to the provisions of references (a) and (b), the following factors are pertinent to nomination of a ship for this award:

a. Determination of Merit. Many factors enter into consideration for nominations. Commanders are given wide latitude in determining those factors most essential to the nominations. Winning the Battle Efficiency Award is not a prerequisite.

b. Operational Readiness. Improvement in readiness and operational accomplishments as indicated by tactical commanders.

c. Inspections. Improvement reflected in command and other inspections.

d. Battle Efficiency Award. Improvement in position in the Battle Efficiency Award program overall by department/division/ work center, and in individual/team training.

e. Retention. Improvement in personnel retention.

f. Other Awards. Details of other awards, kudos, etc., received during the past year from commanders outside the Force.


5205. The Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award. An annual award assigned to a selected type command in both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. The award is in the form of a monetary contribution to the unit's recreation fund. References (a) and (b) pertain. Eligibility for the award is based on the readiness and fitness of the ship as an integrated unit.

a. The award currently rotates among TYCOMS according to the following schedule:






b. In those years in which COMNAVSURFLANT and COMNAVSURFPAC are designated as the type commander to nominate a ship for this award, the nominee will be the ship with the strongest record in the Battle "E" award program. Although this is the dominant factor, other evidence of overall readiness will be considered, such as outstanding participation in contingency operations (disaster relief or evacuation of U.S. citizens, etc.). Nominations from ISICs based on actions of this type are invited. TYCOMs will request nominations for this award by message and forward the name of the Fleet winner to CINCLANTFLT/CINCPACFLT by 10 February. Fleet CINCs will select annually the ship winning the award from the specified Type Command within two months after the end of the calendar year and will present the award at an appropriate ceremony on behalf of CNO. CNO will announce the winner of the award, will certify to the trustee of the fund the names of the ships selected, and request available funds be equally distributed to the commanding officer of each winning ship through the cognizant Type Commander.

5206. The USS Arizona Memorial Trophy. The USS Arizona Memorial Trophy, established by reference (a), will be awarded to the ship having demonstrated the greatest combat readiness in strike warfare, surface fire support, and anti-surface warfare during a two-year competitive cycle commencing 1 January 1995. Nominations to CNO (OP 312) are required from the Fleet CINCs within 90 days after the conclusion of the competitive period. TYCOMs will forward nominations not later than 1 March. CNO will select and announce the winner by message. Following the award announcement, CNO will advise the Chairperson of the USS Arizona Memorial Trophy committee by letter of the recipient of the award, along with pertinent selection criteria. The winner's ISIC will conduct an appropriate ceremony and presentation. The ISIC of each subsequent winner will contact the unit on which the award resides to arrange for transshipment. All recipients of this award will, in addition, receive a miniature facsimile award for permanent retention aboard. Nominations to COMNAVSURFLANT or COMNAVSURFPAC are due by 15 January.

5207. The James F. Chezek Memorial Gunnery Award. This award was established by reference (c) and is given at the end of each fiscal year to one ship of the Naval Surface Forces for excellence in naval gunfire support. The recipient of this award will alternate between COMNAVSURFPAC and COMNAVSURFLANT. COMNAVSURFPAC receives the award each odd-numbered fiscal year. The award will be presented to that ship which achieves the highest numerical grade average in those exercises required for NSFS qualification (AMW exercise series). COMNAVSURFLANT and COMNAVSURFPAC have agreed that the interpretation of the term in reference (c), "...highest scoring gun crew and their directing officer...", is to include other personnel the commanding officer considers to have made a significant contribution to the achievement of the award (e.g., plotting room or CIC team members). The following criteria will govern the award selection process:

a. All NSFS ships that have successfully completed an AMW-2-SF (FIREX I) or AMW-3-SF (FIREX II) are automatically considered.

b. Only those exercises that are conducted at a range of 7500 yards or greater on a certified NSFS range, are graded by outside observers, and have a final exercise grade issued by TYCOM, will count toward this award.

c. When any entire FIREX is conducted for score more than once during the fiscal year, the highest score attained will be credited toward this award except where any firing during the year results in an overall unsatisfactory score and subsequent loss of NSFS qualification. Major safety violations that occur during any gun shoot (air, surface, or NSFS) during the award period may disqualify a ship from consideration.

d. In case of a tie between two or more ships during an award year, TYCOM will select a winner after receiving all available data on surface and anti-air gunnery exercises.

e. When a ship is selected for receipt of the award, the commanding officer will be notified by TYCOM and requested to provide a list of personnel to receive equal shares of the prize money. Upon receipt, TYCOM will forward the names of individuals with current address to the Navy Regional Finance Center, Washington, D.C. so that award checks may be forwarded for presentation in a suitable manner.

5208. Admiral Alfred M. Pride Frigate ASW Readiness Award. This award is presented annually on a fiscal year basis by the Naval Reserve Association to the NRF frigate with the best ASW readiness. The winner is awarded a plaque for permanent custody and retains a trophy until the results of the next competition are announced. Presentation is normally made at the annual Naval Reserve Association convention. Nominations not exceeding two pages in length should be made through the chain of command to reach TYCOM not later than 15 September. Nominations will be based on the following:

a. ASW mission area rating.

b. ROOFTOP exercise scores.

c. Total hours verified contact time including LAMPS.

d. LAMPS safety performance while conducting ASW.

e. ASW exercise performance.

5209. Awards Sponsored by the Association of Old Crows (AOC). Each year the AOC presents awards to dedicated individuals and units in recognition of their outstanding contributions and achievements in Electronic Warfare. The AOC selects all individual award winners. CNO designates the unit award recipients. Commands desiring to submit nominations for AOC awards should provide all required information to TYCOM via the parent administrative commander by 15 March. Awards and submission format will be promulgated annually by TYCOM sufficiently in advance to permit preparation of nomination packages.

5210. TYCOM Ship Safety Awards. The TYCOM Ship Safety Award Program applies to all surface ships operating under the control of COMNAVSURFLANT and COMNAVSURFPAC and is intended to increase emphasis on shipboard safety and safety programs at the shipboard level. Awards are presented on a calendar year cycle basis to recognize excellence in surface ship safety and contributions to force readiness, increased morale and efficient, economical use of resources through safety. All nominees, (i.e. ships meeting eligibility criteria and recommended by the chain of command) can receive the award.

a. In addition to an outstanding safety record, ships nominated must have aggressive safety programs and must achieve the following eligibility criteria:

(1) Meet minimum requirements of reference (d).

(2) A formal Navy Safety Center Survey conducted during the past three years.

(3) Safety Officer is a graduate of the Afloat Safety Officer Course.

(4) A formal shipwide safety standdown conducted during the competitive cycle.

(5) Shipboard occupational safety and health (NAVOSH) program in effect and operating including a viable hazardous material/ hazardous waste program as described in reference (d).

(6) Timely submittal of mishap reports and lessons learned.

(7) Involved safety committee.

(8) No grades of "Not Effective" during Engineering Certification (conducted during TSTA II) and Mid-Cycle Assessment (MCA)in the following areas:

(a) Electrical safety.

(b) Tag out.

(c) Heat stress.

(d) Hearing conservation.

Additionally, results of magazine sprinkler inspections, explosive safety reviews, and INSURV reports will also be closely scrutinized to determine award eligibility.

(9) No unsatisfactory grade for ordnance handling during SESI, Harpoon Material Certification or Tomahawk Material Certification.

(10) Motor vehicle/motorcycle training program with annual formal training by an off-ship agency (i.e. state/local police).

(11) Personal protective equipment program with emphasis on EEBD, OBA and emergency egress training.

b. ISICs will nominate those units who have clearly demonstrated command-wide emphasis on criteria listed above. A list of nominated ships will be submitted by ISIC via the administrative chain of command to arrive at TYCOM no later than 31 December. Nominations will include ISIC certification that minimum award criteria have been met. Detailed award justification is not required.

c. Selection for the TYCOMs' Safety Award is a prerequisite to nomination for the CNO Surface Ship Safety Award Program as described in reference (d) and Article 5210.

d. Awards will be announced by numbered ALNAVSURFLANT/PAC message. Ships selected to receive the TYCOM Ship Safety Award are authorized to display the Surface Ship Safety Award Pennant

shown in Figure 5-4. Period of display will be from the date of the announcement message until promulgation of the succeeding year's list of recipients.

5211. Chief of Naval Operations Surface Ship Safety Awards. The Chief of Naval Operations Surface Ship Safety Awards Program is applicable to all surface ships operating under the control of COMNAVSURFLANT and COMNAVSURFPAC and competition will be conducted in accordance with reference (d). Awards are presented on the competitive cycle basis to recognize outstanding contributions to Fleet readiness, increased morale and efficient, economical use of resources through safety.


a. The awards are presented in the following categories:

(1) Cruiser.

(2) Destroyer.

(3) Frigate.

(4) Amphibious Warfare (large) (LHA, LPH, LCC, LHD, LPD, AGF).

(5) Amphibious Warfare (medium/small) (LSD, LST, LKA).

(6) Combat Logistics (large) (AOE).

(7) Combat Logistics (medium/small) (AO, AE).

(8) Salvage Rescue (ARS)

b. Navy-wide awards are offered in the floating drydock category on a separate 12 month competitive cycle.

c. ISICs will submit a single nomination for their best eligible ship in each category to TYCOMs via the chain of command at the end of each competitive cycle. Nominations are due to TYCOMs 30 days after the end of the competitive cycle.

d. Nomination package size is limited to one 3 inch, 3 ring binder or less and will consist of a cover letter and supporting documentation which justifies the nomination. All eligibility criteria listed in reference (d) should be specifically addressed and supporting documentation should include, where appropriate, examples illustrating ship's safety programs and innovations.

e. The green safety "S" shall be displayed per reference (d) and Section 9, reference (e).

5212. Admiral Flatley Memorial Award. The Admiral Flatley Memorial Award is presented annually by CNO to two CVs and one LPH/LHA/LHD class ship. This aviation safety award covers a one year period and is based on a comprehensive evaluation of contributions to aviation safety. Reference (f) issues the governing policy and detailed procedures involved in selecting the recipients. Final nominations are submitted via the chain of command to NAVSAFECEN before 15 January.

5213. Annual Ship-Helicopter Safety Awards. Annual awards established by reference (f) and given to one LANTFLT and one PACFLT LAMPS MK I, LAMPS MK III, and CLF ship in recognition of outstanding contribution to the ship-helicopter safety program. In addition to an outstanding safety record, ships selected must have aggressive safety programs which contribute new ideas to accident prevention.

a. Award Description. The award will consist of the temporary custody of the annual Ship-Helicopter Safety Award plaque, permanent custody of a replica of the trophy, and a citation by CNO. The trophy will be presented annually by CNO or a designated representative and will remain in the custody of the winning ship for the duration of the subsequent award period.

b. Selection Criteria. The awards will be based upon a comprehensive evaluation by the Commander, Naval Safety Center, of:

(1) Embarked aircraft mishaps versus flight hours.

(2) Contribution to ship-helicopter safety.

(3) The type commander's appraisal of the ships performance relative to other ships nominated.

c. Eligibility. All CLF ships configured for vertical replenishment operations and LAMPS ships which operated with helicopters embarked during the award year will be eligible for award consideration.

d. Action

(1) Ships will ensure that Commander, Naval Safety Center is an information addressee on all accident prevention or safety related correspondence and may initiate nominations per reference (g).

(2) TYCOMs will forward by letter all nominations with a ranking/evaluation of eligible ships to COMNAVSAFCEN before 15 February.

5214. Junior Officer Award for Excellence in Shiphandling Competition

a. The objective of the competition is to expand shiphandling training to enhance the professional development of naval officers.

b. The ability of a naval officer to handle a ship in a safe and efficient manner has traditionally been a measure of competence as a mariner. Shiphandling is a unique naval function with a high demand on professional judgment, coordination, and teamwork. A well-executed shiphandling evolution, while a source of justifiable pride to the conning officer, is also a major influence on the morale of the people who serve in the ship. While much can be learned ashore about shiphandling, wardroom shiphandling tactical sessions and observations of other officers during shiphandling evolutions are necessary prerequisites for instilling good shiphandling techniques in junior officers. Successful shiphandling training is an inherent responsibility of each commanding officer and requires full command support and direction.

c. The Junior Officer Shiphandling Competition Program will be conducted annually with the selection process continuing throughout each calendar year. Each group/squadron will comprise a competitive grouping. The ISIC will forward nominations to the type commander through the chain of command. Those NRF ships in which Selected Reserve (SELRES) officers regularly serve may additionally nominate a SELRES officer for the J.O. Shiphandling Award using the same criteria for evaluation and selection, and the same administrative procedures as are used in the nomination of active duty officers. This nomination is in addition to the nomination made for active duty officers and is to be submitted concurrently with other nominations according to the provisions of this instruction.

d. All officers on duty afloat in the grade of lieutenant commander and below, except commanding officers and lieutenant commanders serving as executive officers, are eligible. Also, officers of the Selected Reserve serving in NRF ships, in the grade of lieutenant commander and below, are eligible for nomination for a separate award. Executive officers in the grade of lieutenant or junior may participate. Officers will be eligible for only one award while serving at a single duty station. By 15 December the ISIC will select and nominate, by message one active duty officer and, as applicable, one SELRES officer, who are considered to be the most competent and qualified as the winner(s) of the shiphandling award within the group or squadron. The type commander will review each recommendation and award letters of commendation to the winners.

e. Figure 5-5 shall be used as a guide to assure conformity to the maximum extent possible and applicable, recognizing the capabilities/missions of the various ship classes. This form need not be submitted as part of nomination package.

5215. Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award Program.

The Secretary of the Navy Energy Conservation Award Program is an annual award presented by the Secretary of the Navy to Navy units and activities in seven award categories. These categories are:

a. Ships (crew of 400 or more).

b. Ships (crew of less than 400).

c. Aviation squadrons.

d. Shore activities with 500 or more full-time employees.

e. Shore activities with less than 500 full-time employees.

f. Industrial activities.

g. Navy units in SNDL, Part I, other than ships and aviation squadrons.

NOTE: The award is given to promote excellence in energy conservation and energy management within the Department of the Navy. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in energy management, innovations in the improvement of energy efficient equipment and energy conserving approaches to training, daily operations, housekeeping and maintenance. Nominations will be solicited by CINCLANTFLT/CINCPACFLT annually to support a due date to OPNAV not later than 15 February. Further details are provided in reference (h).

5216. Secretary of the Navy Environmental Protection Award. The Secretary of the Navy Environmental Protection Award is an annual award presented by the Secretary of the Navy to the Navy ship showing the greatest initiative toward operating in an environmentally acceptable manner. The award is given to stimulate outstanding performance in the pursuit of enhancing and protecting the environment. Nominations are required by 15 November. Selection is based on criteria in reference (i).

5217. Force Commander Annual Wellness Unit Award. The Force Commander Annual Wellness Unit Award is an annual award presented by the Type Commander to Navy units in recognition of excellence in establishing and promoting a command climate conducive to wellness and health promotion. Specific details are provided in reference (j).

5218. Homer W. Carhart Damage Control/Firefighting Award. The Homer W. Carhart Damage Control/Firefighting Award is presented annually by CNO to a Navy Department sailor or civilian who most exemplifies professional standards and concern for shipboard safety and survivability based on one or more of the following criteria:

a. Displays meritorious or heroic performance in the Control of, or recovery from, an afloat casualty involving explosion, fire, flooding or collision.

b. Develops or implements formal recommendations regarding equipment, doctrine, tactics, or training.

c. Authors damage control, firefighting, safety or survivability articles for publication in navy media.

d. Submits beneficial suggestions to improve safety of life at sea for implementation by the department of the Navy.

e. Demonstrates noteworthy efforts to develop naval ship damage control and fire safety standards.

f. Participates in demonstrations, tests or evaluations to expedite improvements to ship safety and survivability.

g. Performs safety and survivability related duties with exemplary professionalism for a sustained period.

TYCOM messages will solicit nominations for this award annually, usually in September.



From: (ISIC)

To: (Type Commander)




Encl: (1) Comparison Statistics of USS _______________________

1. Per references (a) and (b), USS _______________________ is the ISIC nominee for this award.

2. The following information regarding notable achievements by USS ______________________ during calendar year 19__ is forwarded (information not covered in enclosure (1), such as):

a. Actual improvements in readiness, such as readiness ratings and exercise completion data.

b. Improvement in morale and performance. Include such areas as human relations programs and inspection results, retention statistics, advancement examination results, community relations, and athletic events.

c. Operational achievements worthy of note, such as major exercise participation, deployment (with noteworthy events), and other examples of extraordinary performance.

d. Commitments met during the year, such as visits to politically sensitive areas and a statement on whether all commitments were met with explanation of extenuating circumstances.

e. Unusual factors which may contribute to the nominations, such as evacuation/extraction of civilians or military in contingency situations and nomination for non-BEC awards such as SECNAV Environmental Protection Award.








Figure 5-3




Comparison Statistics of USS ______________________



PERIOD _____ TO _____ PERIOD _____ TO _____

Battle Efficiency "E" _____ of _____ _____ of _____

Number of command

excellence awards _____ of _____ _____ of _____


(statistics) _________________ ___________________

Provide the following information as available for each competitive period (including dates):

Engineering Material Inspection results and ISIC

Reliability evaluation based on day-to-day performance. Include INSURV and

engineering certification results as applicable.

Supply Logistics Management Assessment results.


Command Command Inspection results.







Figure 5-3(Cont).










Green "S" Pennant (Forest green pennant with a forest green cross on a white canvas circle)



Figure 5-4




Last Name, First Name, M.I., Grade, SSN/Designator

Ship:_______________________ Billet:________________________














1. Moor to pier.

2. Underway from pier.

3. Moor to and underway from buoy.

4. Anchoring/Underway from anchor.

5. Replenishment at sea (approach).

6. Replenishment at sea (alongside).

7. Man overboard.

8. Piloting into and out of port.

9. Control use of tugs (NOTE 2).

NOTE 1: Outstanding - 5, Excellent - 4, Good - 3, Fair - 2, Poor - 1

NOTE 2: Needs to be evaluated on those ships that use tugs as a matter of routine.

Figure 5-5





















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