The Navy "E" Ribbon was established in July of 1976 by Secretary of the Navy J. William Middendorf.
The Navy "E" Ribbon has been in effect from July 1, 1974, to the present.
The Navy "E" Ribbon denotes permanent duty on ships or in squadrons that won the battle efficiency competition after July 1, 1974. This ribbon replaces the "E" patch previously sewn on the right sleeve of the uniform.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Navy "E" Ribbon is worn after the Meritorious Unit Commendation and before the Prisoner of War Medal.
A silver "E" one-eighth of an inch high is authorized for wear on the Navy "E" ribbon for first, second, and third awards. For four or more awards one wreathed "E" is worn centered on the ribbon bar is authorized.