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Brown awarded achievement

Published 8:16pm Saturday, May 4, 2013

Navy Petty Officer 1st Class David L. Brown, son of Deloris Brown of Hopewell and David Brown, of Suffolk, was recently awarded the Battle Efficiency “E” achievement along with other sailors attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut.

The award recognizes the crew for displaying excellence in maritime warfare, engineering, survivability, command, control, communication and information warfare.

It also represents a year’s worth of dedication and hard work from the entire crew. In addition, the crewmembers are also entitled to wear the Battle “E” ribbon on their uniforms.

Farragut completed certification in the basic, integrated and sustainment phases of the ship’s 2012 patrol, while assigned to the Navy’s 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. The crew represented the Navy during nine port visits and several multinational exercises.

Farragut also served as the Combined Task Force 151 flagship for counter-piracy operations, providing maritime security and strengthening relations with African and European partner nations.

Farragut, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is on a scheduled deployment supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.

Brown is a 1998 graduate of Hopewell High School of Hopewell and joined the Navy in October 1998.

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