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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The Sasebo Council of the Navy League of the United States earned its second consecutive Meritorious Council Award — one for each full year the group has existed, said president Jerry Havens.

Last year, only 10 of the roughly 300 Navy League Councils worldwide received the Meritorious Council recognition.

The Navy League is a 100-year-old citizens’ group that supports the maritime forces and raises awareness in civilian communities about the Navy and sea services.

The Sasebo group also earned a Nippon Zenkokai Friendship Award this summer, which honors “foreign individuals and organizations who significantly contribute to the ties of friendship and cooperation between our two nations,” Havens said.

The Sasebo council, made up of U.S. and Japanese civilians, began in November 2003.

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