The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) received the FY-22 Retention Excellence Best in Class award.

It is the first time the carrier competed within its type command with new challenging requirements.

The Best in Class award is given to the top command in each of 18 different sea duty platform types.

George Washington is the only carrier in the Pacific Fleet to receive this award.

The award showcases the work ethic and dedication of career counselors, and a command’s commitment towards promoting a culture of excellence.

The ship is now authorized to fly the Retention Excellence Award pennant and paint its anchor gold.

Commanding officer Capt. Brent Gaut expressed pride in the team that led to the ship receiving the honor.

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