Unit Awards

Military Ribbons
Navy Unit Commendation 1977
Meritorious Unit Commendation 1988
Submarine Squadron One Battle Efficiency 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1998
Navy Expeditionary Medal 1972, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1994, 1996
Vietnam Service Medal 1972
Arctic Service 1986,1998,1999


Submarine Squadron One Awards


Battle Efficiency 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1998
Engineering Excellence 1985, 1988, 1997
Damage Control 1989, 1994, 1998
Tatical Operations 1995, 1996
Communications 1995, 1996
Medical Excellence 1988, 1998
Supply Excellence 1984
Deck Seamanship 1988
Anti-Submarine Warfare 1978
Silver Anchor Award 1983, 1990, 1998


The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATTON to


for service as set forth in the following


For meritorious service while conducting operations as a ship in the Pacific Submarine Force from 1 March 1998 to 31 May 1999. USS HAWKBILL (SSN 666) skillfully conducted two Arctic Ocean Scientific Expeditions, flawlessly accomplishing all objectives. Throughout these extraordinary demanding operations, HAWKBILL displayed exceptional shiphandling skill, tenacity, and perseverance in accomplishing its assigned duties under extremely challenging conditions in the demanding Arctic environment. Demonstrating an unprecedented partnership between the Navy and the Nation's scientific community, HAWKBILL has helped to decipher the mysteries of global warming and its implications for mankind. The successful execution of all assigned tasking attests to the initiative, professional competence, and dedicated efforts of each crewmember.

Additionally, HAWKBILL conducted a VIP underway for twelve dignitaries and several media embarks from a remote Arctic Ice Camp, significantly raising public awareness of the unique capabilities of the submarine force. By their professional expertise, highly effective teamwork, and unfailing devotion to duty, the officers and enlsted personnell of USS HAWKEILL (SSN 666) reflected credit upon themselves and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.