U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan S. Barnhouse, a 2006 graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent, was recently awarded the Battle Efficiency "E" achievement along with other sailors attached to the guided-missile destroyer USS Farragut (DDG 99).
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 uniform.
Farragut successfully 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 executed the Farragut's duties while representing 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.
Barnhouse joined the Navy in October 2009.