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SSN 661 Citations

Below are examples of some of the many citations and commendations awarded to the crew of the LAPON.

1968 MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION

    Citation Text: The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION for meritorious service during a period in 1968. In carrying out an important and arduous independent submarine operation of great significance to the national defense of the United States, USS LAPON, a nuclear submarine, achieved outstanding results, attesting to the exceptional professional skill, resourcefulness, and ingenuity of her dedicated officers and men. Their technical knowledge, coordinated team spirit, and loyal devotion to duty were responsible for the degree of success attained, and reflected credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service.

1969 MERITORIOUS UNIT CITATION

    Citation Text: The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION for meritorious service during a period in 1969 in conducting an important and arduous independent submarine operation. In successfully completing this operation, USS LAPON achieved significant results of great importance to the national defense of the United States. These results were attained through the professional skills, resourcefulness, and teamwork of LAPON's officers and men. Their dedication to the fulfillment of a vital and difficult assignment reflects credit upon themselves and the United States Naval Service.

1969 PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION

    Citation Text : By virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, I have today awarded the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (NAVY) for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of duty during a period in 1969. Throughout this period, the USS LAPON successfully executed its unique mission. The results of the mission were of extreme significance to the United States. The outstanding courage, resourcefulness, persistence and aggressiveness of the officers and men of LAPON reflected great credit upon the Submarine Force and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

1973 NAVAL UNIT COMMENDATION

    Commendation text: For exceptionally meritorious service from 21 June 1973 to 1 December 1973 while deployed in the Mediterranean Sea. USS LAPON conducted several important and arduous special submarine operations of great importance to the United States and the United States Navy. The outstanding results of these operations attest to the exceptional professional skill, resourcefulness, and ingenuity of her dedicated crew members and provided a vital contribution to the United States SIXTH Fleet ability to support national policy during a period of international tension. By their courage, perseverance, and unfailing devotion to duty, the officers and men of USS LAPON upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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