Providence earns Battle E, gets new CO

The crew of USS Providence (SSN 719) poses for a picture after being presented the Commodore, Submarine Squadron Twelve Battle E Award, April 16. Earning the CSS-12 Battle E means that Providence demonstrated the most overall operational readiness of a crew to carry out its assigned warfighting tasks and best implemented and executed the Design of Undersea Warfare in day-to-day performance and battle readiness within the squadron. The Battle Efficiency competition is an annual event that’s conducted to strengthen and evaluate both command and overall force warfighting readiness and to recognize outstanding command performance. Submarine commands are evaluated on their year-long performance and readiness in the following fields: Engineering, Weapons, Strategic, Navigation/Operations, Communications/Cyber, Supply, Personnel, Medical and Repair.