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USS Boise Awarded Meritorious Unit Commendation
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danna M. Morris, Commander, Submarine Force Public affairs
Released: January 15, 2010

NORFOLK, Va (NNS) -- The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Boise (SSN 764) was presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation for the boat's continued operational success.

The award highlighted Boise's success in exceeding operational requirements during a 2008 deployment in the European Command area of operations, conducting four highly successful allied naval exercises with the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain.

During the deployment, Boise was a key contributor to the Global Maritime Awareness Force that maintained a common operational picture in support of efforts against illegal fishing, human smuggling and narcotics activities.

Commander, Submarine Squadron 8 Capt. Frank Cattani presented the award to Boise Commanding Officer Cmdr. Paul Snodgrass and the boat's crew.

"Today means that you were ready and willing to meet the challenges of your missions, and that you executed them very well," said Cattani. "The significance of this award presentation is that senior Navy leadership recognizes those sacrifices and achievements. You proved that of all the successful deployers, you were among the most successful. And while I am very proud of the men of Boise, I am also envious of the enormous challenges in your future. Congratulations!"

In addition to participation in the multinational exercises, Boise Sailors sustained reconnaissance efforts, enabling decision makers to carry out effective foreign policies and conducted independent operations in the North Atlantic.

"Without a doubt, I am most pleased that our crew was able to demonstrate a full spectrum of capabilities and versatility in several different environments," said Snodgrass. "This is a testament to the their ability to adapt to change, and my department heads' and chief's quarter's ability to communicate the mission and translate guidance into action. The award also reflects the crew's enduring positive attitude, and their willingness to do that one extra thing necessary to achieve success."

Boise has been awarded three Meritorious Unit Commendations since the submarine's commissioning in 1992, receiving the honor in 1995 and 1998.