Melvin Wins Award

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NORFOLK, Va. — Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerry Melvin, a 1999 graduate of Elizabeth High School and assigned to the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), recently received the 2009 Admiral Flatley Memorial Award.

The Admiral Flatley Memorial Award for aviation safety is based on comprehensive assessment of contributions towards aviation safety and is presented to one aircraft carrier, an associated carrier air wing and one amphibious assault ship and associated marine expeditionary unit annually.

The ship maintained a record of zero mishaps for calendar year 2009 while safely completing a total of more than 4, 000 hours of flight operations and more than 5,000 hours of shipboard landings. Bataan is undergoing a planned maintenance availability at BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair Yard in Norfolk, Va.

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