U.S. Navy announces winners of 2012 Ney Awards

Awards honor excellence in Navy foodservice, both on base and aboard Naval vessels.

Naval Base Coronado, in California, and Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, in Japan, are among the winners of the 2012 Captain Edward F. Ney Memorial Awards for excellence in foodservice. Coronado was chosen in the CONUS General Mess Category, for operations within the continental United States, and Yokosuka was selected as the best in installations outside the U.S.

The Ney Awards will be presented during the annual International Food Service Executives Association conference next month in San Diego. IFSEA helps sponsor the Ney Awards. The award is named after Capt. Edward F. Ney, who was head of the Subsistence Division of the Bureau of Supplies and Account during World War II.

There are five winners in the Afloat categories. The USS Michigan earned top honor in the Submarine category. The USS Rentz was chosen in the Small Afloat category, the USS Fitzgerald was selected in the Medium Afloat category and the USS Makin Island won in the Large Afloat category. The USS Abraham Lincoln received the award as the best aircraft carrier.

"Nothing impacts sailors on a day-to-day basis more than the food Culinary Specialists prepare for them. These top-quality meals contribute directly to sailor quality of life and morale of the ship," said Cmdr. Danny King, Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP) Director, Navy Food Service. "These awards represent the best of the best and I am proud to be leading our foodservice professionals now as we incorporate more scratch cooking into our menus, increase training, and ensure appropriate manning levels."