The Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation was established by the Secretary of the
Navy on July 17, 1967 and is awarded by the Secretary of the Navy to units which
distinguish themselves by either valorous or meritorious achievement considered
outstanding, but to a lesser degree than required for the Navy Unit Commendation.
The Commendation may be awarded for services in combat or noncombat situations.
The ribbon is dark green with a narrow red center stripe flanked on either side
by stripes of gold, navy blue and gold. The Meritorious Unit Commendation is worn
after the Navy Unit Commendation and before the Navy “E” ribbon. Additional awards
are denoted by three-sixteenth inch bronze and silver stars.