Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2014

Nov Luncheon Date Changed to Wed Nov 12

We have moved our November luncheon Date to Wednesday November 12, to accommodate the Veterans Day Celebration scheduled for 10:30, November 11, at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.

November 12 Luncheon Speaker LCol Stephen Keane Commanding Officer Marine Corps Security Battalion Bangor

LtCol KeaneMarines Celebrate 239th Birthday

On November 12, members of the Marine Security Force Battalion under the able leadership of Lt. Col Stephen Keane will celebrate their birthday at our regular monthly luncheon.

MCSFBN Bangor provides a dedicated quick reaction security force for Naval Base Kitsap. The MCSF Battalion, Bangor is the largest of the Security Force Battalions in the world. It is an independent Command, capable of self-ad- ministration, organized to support and accomplish their own particular mission.

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Con- gress. Since that date many thousands of men have borne that name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” John A. Lejune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1921.

The Commandant went on to say that “the record of our Corps is one which bears comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war and in the long era of tran- quility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemi- spheres, and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.”

Each year, the current Commandant sends out a message to all of the Marine units. We look forward to hearing this year’s message. The Marines demonstrate their drill team skills and their traditions, such as recognizing the oldest and youngest Marine in the room. If you know of an older Marine, please encourage him or her to attend.

Toys for Tots will also be collected. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a donation for this wonderful program.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch and then the very special program by the Marines. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ball- room, NBK, Bangor. Come support our country’s largest Marine Security Force Battalion. These fine young men and women are so very special.

This is a great program so bring your friends and neighbors.


Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience.

  • Cut off for reservations is Nov 4
    Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
    Spell your name to help make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
    If you do not have base access, you will need to provide your date of birth.
Posted by: arbeam | October 18, 2014

Tacoma patient shuttle starting at Naval Hospital


BREMERTON — A free patient shuttle between Madigan Army Medical Center and Naval Hospital Bremerton will begin Monday. The new service is being provided by the Puget Sound Military Health System to transport patients between primary and specialty care.

The shuttle will pick up and drop off patients at Naval Hospital Bremerton’s main entrance — the quarterdeck, not the gate — and Madigan’s Main Medical Mall North entrance. It will offer four round trips a day, Monday through Friday.

The shuttle will depart Madigan at 5:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and from Naval Hospital Bremerton at 7 a.m., 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The trips take about an hour, and could be delayed by traffic.

Reservations won’t be taken. Active duty service members will have priority. Others will be transported on a space-available basis. Escorts or guests can ride if there’s space after all the patients are onboard. If a beneficiary has a family member who is an inpatient at Madigan, they can take the shuttle if space is available.

The shuttle isn’t wheelchair accessible. Patients must be able to get in and out with little help. Children less than 8 years old must be secured in a child safety system. Child seats aren’t available on the shuttle. All children less than 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent. Emergency medical services aren’t available on the shuttle.

Kitsap Sun article


Posted by: arbeam | October 16, 2014

China’s Navy Is Already Challenging The U.S. In Asia


Korea-based magazine Global Asia is back with an issue on the geopolitics of Asia. Featured are articles from well-known commentators such as Boston College professor Robert Ross and diplomatic historian extraordinaire Walter Russell Mead. It’s a refreshing read for anyone fascinated by the bareknuckles interactions that ensue when political calculations meet human passions meet geographic facts of life. The Naval Diplomat was jazzed after browsing through.

But (And you knew a but was coming) let me zero in on Professor Ross, who lodges several misleading claims in his tour d’horizon of geopolitical competition in Asia. For one, he starts a discussion of naval trends in the region by contending that the “Chinese Navy cannot yet challenge the U.S. in maritime East Asia.” Really? The People’s Liberation Army, including its seagoing arm, has been mounting a challenge against the U.S. Navy for some years now. It clearly can if it already is. Whether its challenge will succeed remains to be determined. Either way, long-term strategic competition has been joined.

Now, it may be that Chinese sea power – meaning not just the PLA Navy but the shore-based component of Chinese maritime strategy, manifest in land-based anti-ship missiles and tactical aircraft flying from airfields ashore – cannot yet defeat the American naval contingent forward-deployed to Asia in a pitched battle. In a sense, though, that’s beside the point. Four decades back Edward Luttwak affirmed that peacetime “naval suasion” is more about optics than slugging it out with enemy fleets. It’s about displaying ships, warplanes, and armaments in a manner that convinces important audiences your navy would triumph in combat on the high seas.

Armed suasion, then, is about managing perceptions. Physical implements are implements of political discourse. In other words, writes Luttwak, whoever a critical mass of observers thinks would have won an actual battle does win in peacetime encounters, where rival forces face off without actually exchanging fire.

Appearances sway observers one way or the other. Perception is king. Outwardly impressive ships, aircraft, and weaponry can make an outsized impression on lay audiences – potentially skewing the results of a peacetime showdown in favor of the lesser contender. To wit, China. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | October 13, 2014

Navy’s 239th Birthday October 13, 2014

BOSTON (July 4, 2013) USS Constitution gets underway to celebrate America's 237th birthday for the ship's annual 4th of July turnaround cruise. More than 500 guests went underway with Old Ironsides for a three-hour tour of Boston Harbor in celebration of Independence Day. (U.S. Navy photo by Sonar Technician (Submarine) 2nd Class Thomas Rooney

The U.S. Navy began as the Continental Navy, created to defend the fledgling U.S. states against the British by sea. Congress established the Continental Navy on October 13, 1775, by passing legislation to build two ships. The vessels were needed to scout for British munitions ships that were supplying British troops in America. From this humble beginning, the Continental Navy grew to twenty active warships at its greatest strength and operated fifty ships over the course of the War for Independence.

Although the Continental Navy disbanded after the American Revolution, the 1789 U.S. Constitution provided for a standing navy. In 1794, Congress ordered construction of six frigates – one of which, USS Constitution, is the oldest warship afloat and continues to be operated by the Navy today. These six warships marked the beginning of the new U.S. Navy.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Zumwalt authorized recognition of October 13 as the Navy’s birthday. Since then, this date has become an annual celebration of our Navy’s proud history and great future.

NBK 4 star

FFR LogoBANGOR, Wash. –Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) team was recently recognized for earning a Four Star rating as part of the Fiscal Year 13 (FY13) Accreditation Program cycle. The Accreditation Program recognizes three levels of achievement, Three, Four, and Five Stars, and, of the 47 bases recognized, NBK MWR was one of only eight throughout the world that received Four-Star status.

“Our MWR team is not only top-notch but their commitment to providing our sailors, their families and military retirees with quality of life enhancing activities is impressive,” said Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Commanding Officer, NBK, when he presented the award. “We live in a beautiful area with numerous recreational options. Our MWR team ensures that we all have opportunities to take advantage of those options.”

“We’re excited to celebrate this impressive recognition,” Zwolfer continued. “We invite eligible patrons who have not yet experienced what our MWR program offers to give it a try. They’re sure to be delighted.”

Alan D. KentKeyport, Wash. – Mr. Alan Kent has been named as the new Technical Director of Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport (NUWC Keyport). Along with that position comes the rank of Senior Executive Service (SES). Kent is the first SES appointed among all the (9) Naval Sea Systems Command Warfare Centers to have come through the ranks of the command that he will now lead.

The Technical Director is the highest ranking civilian of the command and is responsible for leading 1946 civilian and military scientists, engineers, technicians and support personnel who specialize in undersea test and evaluation, in-service engineering, maintenance and repair, fleet support and industrial based support for undersea warfare systems.

Kent replaces Mr. James VanAntwerp who retired from that position in January of this year. Kent had been the Acting Technical Director until a selection was made. Mr. Alan Kent was selected as Deputy Division Technical Director (DDTD) for Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Keyport in June 2013. Prior to this selection, Mr. Kent served as the head of NUWC Keyport’s Corporate Resource, Planning and Customer Advocacy Department where he was responsible for the overall management of all customer tasking. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | October 7, 2014

Henry M. Jackson Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Henry M. Jackson celebrates 30th anniversary

BANGOR – The Blue and Gold crews of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) celebrated the ship’s 30th anniversary Oct. 6 with a ceremony at the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, becoming the first Ohio-class SSBN to go beyond its originally planned 30-year service life.

The ceremony was hosted by the ship’s crews and Ann Marie Jackson-Laurence, the ship’s sponsor and daughter of the late Sen. Henry M. Jackson, the boat’s namesake. The senator was a Democrat who served 42 years in Congress and ran for president in 1972 and again in 1976. He was born in Everett, Wash., May 31, 1912, and died there Sept. 1, 1983

“Thirty years ago, then Ms. Ann Marie Jackson had the esteemed honor of bringing this warship into service and today she’s here to help us enter an uncharted era in the Ohio-class SSBN fleet,” said Cmdr. Edward Robledo, Henry M. Jackson Gold crew commanding officer. “It is our responsibility to the citizens of this great nation to ensure we maintain USS Henry M. Jackson as the premier strategic asset until its planned inactivation of 2027.”

Other guests in attendance included Jackson’s son-in-law Richard Laurence and grandson Daniel Laurence, city of Everett official Pat McClain and several members of local Navy Leagues. Read More…

Attending the USS HENRY M. JACKSON’s 30th Anniversary celebration today were Pat & Byron Faber from our Navy League Council, as well as Niles Fowler and Jim Sketchley from the Everett Council. Other folks attending were Henry M Jackson’s daughter (who christened the submarine) along with her husband & son, people from Everett and Sen Jackson’s former staff.

Henry M. Jackson celebrates 30th anniversary

We first went down into the depths of the dry dock where the whole Blue & Gold crews were arrayed for photographs with the Senator Jackson related dignitaries (not including the Navy League folks) and with Rear Admiral David Kriete. After the photos, we all climbed the 109 steps back up to the surface as our stair climber exercise for the day.

At the top, the crew gathered again on the pier for remarks from Anna Marie Laurence, Sen Jackson’s daughter, who told about her experience when President Reagan called her from the White House to tell her that the boat was to be named for her father & that he wanted her to christen it. On the day of the christening – when she was only 21 years old, she was told by Adm Rickover that it was extremely important for her to actually break the champagne bottle, since it would be bad luck for the boat if she failed. She related that she broke it with such force that it shattered & she had blood running down her hands, along with the champagne. She said that she didn’t even mind, but was just so very glad that she had succeeded in her task.

Everyone who spoke praised the crew’s competence & capability in extending the service life 40% beyond what was initially expected for this class of submarine.

We then went below to have lunch. Some folks were in the wardroom and some were in the crew’s mess. Lunch was great!

We then got to tour the boat & all of us were impressed by the high degree of professionalism of the folks who presented in their respective stations. For instance, we were taught that they are extremely careful to calibrate gravity, since accuracy of the missiles depends on EXACT location at the time of launch. Perhaps they were pulling our legs??? Is gravity not constant everywhere? No, they said it changes, depending on where you are on the earth.

We also toured the command centers (where they showed us a video of a missile launch), sonar, forward engineering, the torpedo room, berthing areas, ending up back in the wardroom.

Once again, we were proud of our folks in uniform. They are America’s best!

Posted by: arbeam | October 6, 2014

Sailing Past 30 for the Ohio Class Boomers

Today marks an important milestone for our Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) force – the 30th anniversary of the commissioning of USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730). The ship, its crew and the ship’s sponsor, Anna Marie Laurence, are hosting a celebration in Bangor, Wash., today to give this day a fitting acknowledgement.

This anniversary is particularly noteworthy because USS Henry M. Jackson is now entering uncharted territory; service beyond the originally-planned 30-year service life for an Ohio-class SSBN. When the Navy first launched the ship back in 1984, Oct, 6, 2014 was an expected decommissioning date, not a birthday celebration with an eye on what is yet to come. Back in the 1990s, Navy leaders began looking at the lifespan of the Ohio Class, and after exhaustive engineering analyses by Commands across the Navy the service life of our “boomer force” was extended by 12 years to a total service life of 42 years.

The Ohio-class submarines of today have proven to be stealthy, flexible and capable of patrolling in vast open ocean areas well beyond the reach of any potential adversary, making them the world’s most effective and credible deterrent force over their entire service life. Just last month, we celebrated the 4,000th strategic deterrent patrol of our ballistic missile submarine force. Though ships like Henry M. Jackson are getting up there in age, they are still highly-effective, well-maintained platforms that can deliver incredible second strike capability from anywhere in the world.

A historic day like this is a result of countless hours of hard work and preparation to lay the groundwork for the U.S. Navy to send ballistic missile submarines to sea, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The credit for this success belongs with the engineers, designers, maintenance technicians, shipbuilders, and many others who originally helped develop the idea of the Ohio Class. Many have passed on, and I can only wonder how they would marvel at their legacy and the resulting confidence we have in the sea worthiness and material condition of these ships.

The entire world has benefited from the continued sacrifice of so many Sailors, civilians and families who have either patrolled on an Ohio-class boomer or served in other ways to enable and support those who have. This includes the technical staffs, repair personnel, shipyard workers, trainers, personnel experts, and many others who have contributed their brainpower and sweat to this mission. The SSBN mission is also made possible thanks to the gracious support we receive from elected officials, local leaders and the communities where these ships are stationed in Bangor and Kings Bay, Ga.

Going forward, we need to maintain our focus on replacing today’s Ohio-class SSBNs with a new SSBN that can provide the necessary sea-based deterrence our nation needs into the 2080s and beyond. To meet our mission requirements, the first Ohio Replacement ship is scheduled to begin construction in 2021 and is projected to go on patrol in 2031. Until the lines are cast off for that first patrol, the Sailors and civilians supporting the strategic deterrence mission will keep ships like USS Henry M. Jackson at the highest state of readiness, silently patrolling in defense of our nation and its allies.

By Rear Adm. Dave Kriete
Commander, Submarine Group 9
Navy News article


The US Navy Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle System has been replaced by a new Submarine Rescue System. The DSRV-1 Mystic has just been installed at the Naval Undersea Museum Keyport.

DSRV 1 Mystic

Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle

When the USS Thresher went down in the early 1960s with all hands aboard, the Navy took steps to ensure such a tragedy never occur again. Following the recommendations of a special Presidential Deep Submergence Review Group, the Deep Submergence Rescue System was developed in the mid-1960s. The deep submergence rescue vehicles Mystic (DSRV 1) and Avalon (DSRV 2) of the Deep Submergence Unit are the genesis of that program.

The DRSVs were specifically designed to fill the need for an improved means of rescuing the crew of a submarine immobilized on the ocean floor. Mystic and Avalon are the first submersibles that can be transported by land, sea and on or beneath the sea. They can operate independently of surface conditions or under ice for rapid response to an accident anywhere in the world. Read More…

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