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Groton — The USS Providence received the prestigious Navy Unit Commendation for a deployment during which it launched missiles into Libya on Friday, June 7.
The award recognizes the Providence’s participation in Operation Odyssey Dawn in 2011, the operation that enforced United Nations Security Council Resolutions against the government of Libya. Capt. Vernon Parks, the commander of Submarine Development Squadron Twelve, presented the award to the crew of Providence (SSN 719) at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton.
The USS Scranton (SSN 756) in Norfolk, Va. and the USS Florida (SSGN 728) in Kings Bay, Ga. also received commendations. The Navy Unit Commendation recognizes Navy and Marine Corps units that distinguish themselves in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism as seen fit by the Secretary of the Navy.
In early 2011, the Providence was preparing to return to Groton after a six-month deployment when it was tasked to assist with the initial strike in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn. Providence launched 12 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles.
“We can’t always predict how world events will unfold or when the nation will call on you to defend her interests,” Rear Adm. Kenneth Perry, commander of Submarine Group Two, told the Providence crew. “But we can predict that the nation will continue to rely on the submarine force to be vigilant and ready. You were ready when called and you did a superb job. Well done.”