|Navy "E" Ribbon|
|Awarded for||Battle efficiency (cited ships and units).|
|Presented by||the Department of the Navy|
|Established||31 March 1976Secretary of the Navy letter ser 210), effective on or after 1 July, 1974(|
|Next (higher)||Meritorious Unit Commendations|
Coast Guard - Meritorious Team Commendation
|Equivalent||Army - Superior Unit Award|
Air Force - Outstanding Unit Award
Coast Guard - Coast Guard "E" Ribbon
|Next (lower)||Prisoner of War Medal|
The Navy "E" Ribbon or Battle Efficiency Ribbon (informally the Battle "E" ribbon) was authorized on March 31, 1976 by Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf as a unit award for battle efficiency competition. The service ribbon replaces the "E" patch previously sewn on the right sleeve of the enlisted naval uniform for pay grades E-1 through E-6.
The Navy "E" Ribbon was designed by AZ3 Cynthia L. Crider in 1973. It took 3 years to have her design and recommendation be approved by the Secretary of the Navy and the ribbon created by the Department of the Army, which has the final approval for the design and colors of all ribbons and medals in the U.S. military. AZ3 Crider was stationed at Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron 88 (VAW-88), a Naval Air Reserve E-2 Hawkeye squadron at NAS North Island, CA. Petty Officer Third Class Crider designed the ribbon after her squadron won the award for the second time in a row, but with the new uniform change would not be able to wear anything on their uniforms to show they had been awarded the Navy 'E' two consecutive times, back in 1973.
The Navy "E" Ribbon denotes the wearer was on permanent duty aboard a U.S. Navy ship or in a unit that won a battle efficiency competition after July 1, 1974. United States Marine Corps members assigned as ship's company are eligible on the same basis as Navy personnel; Marine Corps personnel assigned to embarked units, such as aircraft squadrons, battalion landing teams, and Marine expeditionary Units are not eligible to wear the ribbon.
The Navy "E" Ribbon does not have a corresponding medal, meaning that when in full dress uniform (when medals are worn), the ribbon is placed above the right breast pocket of the uniform instead of the left. However, when in standard uniform (no medals are worn), the ribbon is placed above the left breast pocket, along with all other citations and awards.
The United States Coast Guard's equivalent of the Navy "E" Ribbon is the Coast Guard "E" Ribbon.