In a post that included a picture of a man in a wheelchair, Navy Captain David Lacey wrote, “I love it when my shipmates look at me and see me in a good light, and they can say, ‘You’re a good person!'”
The ship commander has since earned the title of Navy Captain Good Guy.
A Naval Air Warfare Systems Center captain has also been nominated for the honor.
“This is a great honor for me and my crew,” Lacey told CNN.
“I am the most humble person I know and have been.
This is a huge honor to receive and I thank all of my colleagues for the opportunity.”
Lacey, who was selected for the Navy’s first officer class in 2014, had previously served as a lieutenant, a petty officer, and an enlisted sailor.
He also served as an officer in the Army.
The Navy, which launched its new shipbuilding program earlier this year, has been testing more than 100 ships to see how they perform in harsh conditions.
Lacey is the first captain to receive the award.
“It is the honor of my life to serve my country,” he said.
“In a few short months, I will be the commander of the first ship in the fleet and I can’t wait to begin the next phase of my journey.”
Lacy has served in a variety of roles on the ship, including shipboard engineer, engineer, and a captain’s officer.
“We will see what the Navy is going to do next,” Lacy said.
Posted by CNN at 11:02 am PST