Sailors wait to observe flight operation from the superstructure of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Do you see the letters on the side of the ship? The letters painted on the ship’s bridge wings are known as Command Excellence Awards. These awards mean that the ship that bears them has proven to be superior in a certain field of operations. The larger, white “E” is known as the Battle E and is an award for the best ship handling, weapons employment, tactics and ability to fulfill mission objectives (command and control).