|Navy Unit Commendation|
|Awarded by United States Navy|
|Type||Ribbon and Streamer|
|Awarded for||Unit heroism lesser than that required of a Presidential Unit Citation or non-combat service which was outstanding when compared to other units or organizations performing similar service.|
|Last awarded||On going|
|Next (higher)||Presidential Unit Citation|
|Equivalent||DoD - Joint Meritorious Unit
Army - Valorous Unit Award
Air Force Gallant Unit Citation
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
|Next (lower)||Meritorious Unit Commendation|
The Navy Unit Commendation of the United States Navy is an award that was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 18 December 1944. This commendation is awarded by the Secretary to any ship, aircraft, detachment, or other unit of the United States Navy or Marine Corps which has since 6 December 1941 distinguished itself in action against the enemy with outstanding heroism but not sufficient to justify award of the Presidential Unit Citation (United States). To justify this award, the unit must have performed service of a character comparable to that which would merit the award of a Silver Star Medal, or achievement of like caliber in a non-combat situation, to an individual. It is also awarded for non-combat service, in support of military operations, which was outstanding when compared to other units or organizations performing similar service.
The Coast Guard equivalent is the Coast Guard Unit Commendation.
U.S. Army units are also eligible so long as they are directly attached or assigned to U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps units during the time period or event for which the award is given. U.S. Army personnel do not wear the Navy Unit Commendation as a part of their personal awards and medals but, rather, above the right breast pocket with other unit awards authorized for wear.