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    USS Barry Presented Spokane Trophy

    USS Barry underway operations near the Paracel Islands

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Allison Hearne | 200428-N-ED929-1002 WATERS NEAR THE PARACEL ISLANDS (April 28, 2020) The Arleigh-Burke...... read more read more

    By Ltjg. Christopher Katzin

    YOKOSUKA, Japan – Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet announced USS Barry (DDG 52) as the Spokane Trophy winner for 2020.

    The Spokane Trophy was established in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt to recognize naval warfighting proficiency. It is presented annually to the U.S. Pacific Fleet surface combatant ship considered to be the most proficient in overall combat systems readiness and warfare operations.

    “Tactical proficiency is fundamental to combat ready ships and battle minded crews,” said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Burke, USS Barry’s Combat Systems Officer, “Through every training evolution and bilateral exercise, we strengthen Barry’s lethal capabilities, ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific by providing a credible deterrent to those that would not embrace recognized international norms.”

    Throughout 2020, USS Barry (DDG 52) conducted countless operations throughout the Western Pacific, to include but not limited to: Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs), Taiwan Strait Transits (TSTs), Ronald Reagan Strike Group Escort Duties, United Nations Security Council Enforcement Coordination Cell Operations, and Nine Multi-National Joint Exercises showcasing the United States Navy’s commitment to its partners and allies in the C7F Area of Responsibility (AOR).

    USS Barry (DDG 52) was away from homeport for 224 days and traveled over 60,000 nautical miles throughout the Indo-Pacific, not only executing dozens of exercises, certifications, and operations, but doing all the above in an uncertain and ever-changing COVID-19 environment.

    “While Barry is one of the most advanced warships in the fleet, our strongest tactical asset is our crew,” said Cmdr. Chris Gahl, Commanding Officer of USS Barry. “No matter the challenge, together we find a way to overcome it and accomplish the mission every time. Our tactical prowess, sustained operational excellence, and combat readiness makes Barry a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in one of the most important strategic regions.”

    USS Barry (DDG 52) is the first ship to win both the Atlantic Fleet’s Battenberg Cup and the Pacific Fleet’s Spokane Trophy.

    USS Barry (DDG 52) is forward-deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Operations attached to Commander, Task Force 71 based out of Yokosuka, Japan.



    Date Taken: 12.02.2021
    Date Posted: 12.03.2021 02:06
    Story ID: 410380
    Location: JP

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