USS Boise Awarded
Meritorious Unit Commendation
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
"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