Navy Unit Commendation

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Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Unit Commendation
Comparison of the Silver Star with the Army Valorous Unit Award
Individual Equivalent Silver Star
Or: Individual Equivalent 'Legion of Merit
Navy Unit Commendation
Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon
Service ribbon
Awarded by United States Department of the Navy
Type Ribbon
Eligibility Military Unit
Awarded for Unit heroism lesser than that required of a Presidential Unit Citation

Currently awarded

Individual equivalent - Silver Star / Legion of Merit
Last awarded On going
Next (higher) Presidential Unit Citation
Equivalent DoD - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Army - Valorous Unit Award
Air Force - Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Next (lower) Meritorious Unit Commendation
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The Navy Unit Commendation (NUC) is a unit award of the United States Navy that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. The ribbon is awarded by the Navy Secretary to any ship; aircraft wing, group, squadron, detachment or crew; or other unit of the United States Navy or Marine Corps since 6 December 1941.

U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force units and personnel are also eligible to be awarded the NUC so long as they are directly attached or assigned to U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps units during the time period or event for which the award is given. U.S. Army personnel do not wear the Navy Unit Commendation ribbon as a part of their personal awards and medals but, rather, above the right breast pocket with other unit award emblems authorized for wear.

Awarded by SECNAV to any unit of the Navy or Marine Corps that has distinguished itself by outstanding heroism in action against the enemy, but not sufficient to justify the award of the Presidential Unit Citation .

To justify this award, the unit must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal for heroism, or a 'Legion of Merit for meritorious service to an individual. Normal performance of duty or participation in a large number of combat missions does not, in itself, justify the award. An award will not be made to a unit for actions of one or more of its component parts, unless the unit performed uniformly as a team, in a manner justifying collective recognition.



Silver Star / 'Legion of Merit


Unit Silver Star / Legion of Merit level award


Example of a citation for a Navy Unit Commendation