USS Hartford receives unit commendation

Groton - The USS Hartford received the Meritorious Unit Commendation during a ceremony Thursday, April 10, for unprecedented success in intelligence collection operations at sea in 2012.

Standing before his crew of more than 130 sailors at the World War II National Submarine Memorial East, Cmdr. Steve Wilkinson, commanding officer of the Los Angeles-class submarine, formally accepted the honor from the commander of Submarine Squadron 4, Capt. Jim Waters.

Waters thanked the crew members for their dedication, and said it was a great opportunity to recognize the hard work of the Hartford (SSN 768). According to the Navy, the Hartford conducted "first-of-its-kind intelligence collections" during a six-month deployment to the U.S. European Command area of responsibility.

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