Patuxent honored with CNO Afloat Safety Award

The Navy recognized fleet replenishment oiler USNS Patuxent (T-AO 201) with a second consecutive CNO Afloat Safety Award in early April. The crews of Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USNS 2ND LT John P. Bobo (T-AK 3008) also received the award for significant achievements in creating and maintaining a safe work environment while performing their respective missions. The award earns these vessels the right to display the Navy’s green safety “S” on the ship’s bulwark until the next competitive cycle.

USNS Patuxent in early March 2013

USNS Patuxent in early March 2013

 “All hands on board USNS Patuxent are honored to have received the CNO Afloat Safety Award for the second time in two years. Crew members of the Patuxent have fostered a proactive safety culture aboard, providing valuable feedback to department heads regarding ways and means to prevent mishaps. They have displayed an overall high interest in their well being as individuals and as a crew, with a mission-ready posture at all times. In addition, Naval Safety Center Norfolk safety newsletters, in conjunction with Military Sealift Command’s Near Miss reporting system, have been an integral part of the safety dialogue on board Patuxent, allowing Patuxent to benefit from the lessons learned throughout the fleet.”

Civil service mariner Joseph Guenzel

Chief Mate, USNS Patuxent

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