31 July - Early this morning, we said good bye to LT Patrick Murphy, STOUT’s former Assistant Supply Officer. Pat had a great impact on STOUT. Serving as the Assistant Supply Officer, he did an outstanding job leading Supply Department and ensuring our logistics needs were met. As the Ship’s photographer, he documented all the great moments of STOUT over the past two years. He served as the Public Affairs Officer, further documenting STOUT’s great triumphs, coordinating last deployment’s cruise book, and helping to get this Blog up and running. In addition to these accomplishments, he was a superb watch stander, always navigating STOUT safely across the seas. His presence and contributions will be missed by all.
We also had the opportunity this morning to recognize the outstanding efforts of a few of our Sailors. Prior to starting the events of the day an awards ceremony was held on the flight deck to acknowledge individuals that went above and beyond to support STOUT’s mission during this deployment. While all crewmembers have put forth an outstanding effort, and none of the Ship’s accomplishments were possible without the entire STOUT team, the effort of the twelve individuals we recognized today made them stand out amongst their peers, earning them the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.