Posted by: arbeam | February 16, 2013

USS Florida Awarded Navy Unit Commendation

KINGS BAY, Ga. (Feb. 15, 2013) Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Submarine Group 10, presents the Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) to Capt. David Kirk, commanding officer of the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) gold crew.

KINGS BAY, Ga. (Feb. 15, 2013) Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Submarine Group 10, presents the Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) to Capt. David Kirk, commanding officer of the guided-missile submarine USS Florida (SSGN 728) gold crew.

KINGS BAY, Ga. (NNS) — USS Florida (SSGN 728) was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Feb. 15 at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Presented by Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, commander, Submarine Group 10, the award was given for the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine crew’s partnership with U.S., joint and coalition forces supporting all necessary measures to protect Libyan civilians under threat of attack during Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011.

“On March 19, 2011, Florida along with four other ships, fired 221 Tomahawks on Libyan targets. the fact that out of the five ships and submarines involved, 45-percent of the Tomahawks fired came from one ship – USS Florida. Forty-five percent came from one ship alone,” said Tofalo. “What’s even more amazing; this came 15 months after the seaframe left its homeport. To be able to maintain that level of efficiency, material status of the ship over that period of time, operational readiness and personnel training is commendable.”

The Navy Unit Commendation was established Dec. 18, 1944 to award any ship, aircraft, detachment or other unit of the United States Navy or Marine Corps which distinguished itself in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism as seen fit by the Secretary of the Navy. The unit must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal to an individual.

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