Maine blue and gold crews worked together to consistently keep the ship ready and perform at a high level. “This award is a validation of all the hard work we have put in,” said Master Chief Machinist’s Mate Perry Willis, Maine gold crew chief of the boat. “We helped each other out maintaining the ship, even with the most mundane tasks.”
Maine, underway for 349 days over a 14-month period, was a secure, reliable, and effective strategic deterrent in supporting Operation Order Global Citadel and exercise Global Thunder.
Maine was named the 2012 Battle Efficiency (Battle “E”) Award winner and the Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Award winner for earning runner-up in the Submarine Category July 19.
“We have been winning the battle on undersea dominance for a long time now, thanks in large to the job [the crew members] do each day,” said Kulhmann. “Every one of [the crew members] on the Maine should feel very good about today.”