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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Sasebo Naval Base garnered two Navy-wide awards this week from the Chief of Naval Operations for environmental quality and safety.

The base was officially notified Thursday that it had won the 2011 CNO Environmental Award for Environmental Quality in the Non-industrial Installation category, according to Ed Moon, installation environmental program director.

On Friday, base officials learned Sasebo was selected as the 2011 CNO Shore Safety Award winner in the Non-industrial Installation category for installations outside the continental U.S., said safety director Terry Renick.

Base spokesman Charles Howard said it was rare that an installation would win two CNO awards in one year.

“I’m immensely proud of the entire [Sasebo] population in garnering these CNO awards,” said installation commander Capt. Charles Rock in a statement to Stars and Stripes.

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