AFF Cuilnary Arts 2014 1

AFF Culinary ArtsBREMERTON, Wash. – Sailors, Marines and Soldiers assigned around the Puget Sound region competed in the Northwest’s Armed Forces Iron Chef competition at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Lounge May 10.

Culinary Specialists (CS) assigned to Naval Base Kitsap (NBK), Naval Station Everett (NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky (SSBN 737), USS Alabama (SSBN 731), the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), Naval Hospital Bremerton, Marines assigned to Marine Corps Security Force Battalion-Bangor (McSFBN) and Soldiers from Joint Based Lewis-McChord (JBLM) competed in the event.

Each command had teams of culinary specialists competing in seven different culinary categories: cakes, chicken wings, chili, dessert pies, garnishments, hors d’oeuvres, and a main event.

The main event was an Iron Chef-style competition, which consisted of a team of two culinary specialists. Each team had a 60-minute time limit to complete four culinary dishes with three secret ingredients: calamari, Southwest chipotle spice and mango. This category was judged on sanitation, safety, presentation, originality, and flavor.

140510-N-MN975-042First place was awarded to the team of CS1 (SS) Michael Grey and CS2 (SS) Larry Hoogstraten, assigned to NBK. “What we did was a Mediterranean-trio of three products on one plate,” said Grey. “We had a beet salad, gazpacho which is a cold soup or salsa, and ceviche. And to serve with that, we had a strawberry-raspberry-mango smoothie. We only needed to use two of the three secret ingredients, but used all of them because we had a great plan with what we wanted to do coming into today.”

“I did this last year and finished in 3rd place,” said Hoogstraten. “We overcame the secret ingredients, put together a great product and I’m glad the judges enjoyed our plate.”

The competition was part of the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce’s 66th Annual Armed Forces Festival.

NBK Battling Chefs

Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent was in attendance and was a judge for this event. “It looked lovely,” Lent said of NBK’s first place dish. “Very nice presentation, I couldn’t wait for them to describe their plate. I was a judge last year and this event is growing throughout the community.”

The Navy currently has more than 7,000 culinary specialists deployed around the globe. They feed, on average, more than 92 million wholesome and nutritious meals per year, ensuring the Navy’s fighting forces operate at peak performance and are ready to respond to threats worldwide.

 By MC2 Justin A. Johndro, Northwest Navy News


The U.S. military is relying on sub-hunting tech that’s decades old. Meanwhile, the targets they’re trying to find are getting quieter and more invisible by the day.

Submarines are getting quieter, stealthier, and better armed. And that could mean major trouble for the U.S. Navy and its aging fleet of sub-hunters. The tactical balance between the surface warship and the submarine has strategic impact. The submarine is not made for a show of force. Its principal weapon is designed not to damage a ship, but to sink it – rapidly and probably with much loss of life. It’s a sure way to shift the trajectory of any conflict in a more violent direction.

The best deterrent against submarine attack is robust defense – but as little as surface sailors like to discuss it, that defense has seldom been less assured.

HMS Gotland

HMS Gotland

Modern diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) are very hard to detect. It’s not that SSKs with air-independent propulsion (AIP) systems are much quieter, but they mitigate the SSK’s drawback: lack of speed and endurance on quiet electric power. When the Swedish AIP boat Gotland operated with the U.S. Navy out of San Diego in 2005-07, the Navy’s surface ships turned up all too often in a photo album acquired by the submarine’s mast. The sub was so quiet, that it consistently managed to get within easy torpedo range.

AIP submarines are a high priority in the budgets of nations such as Singapore, Korea and Japan. Russia has struggled with its Lada-class boats, but persisted, and is selling them to China. Sweden, whose Kockums yard developed the AIP technology for Japan’s big 4,100-ton Soryu-class subs, had trouble getting its A26 replacement submarine program started. In an indication of its importance, Saab will buy the Kockums yard back for Sweden from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.

AIP – which uses stored liquid oxygen and fuel to generate power underwater – seems to be here to stay, whether it uses the Swedish-developed Stirling-cycle engine (a 19th-century curiosity, but very efficient) or fuel cells, favored by ThyssenKrupp’s German yards and Russia. Lithium-ion batteries will further increase underwater performance. Kockums advertises another step in invisibility called Ghost (genuine holistic stealth) which, like stealth technology on an airplane, involves the careful blending of hull shapes and rubber-like coatings to make the submarine into a weak sonar target.

Other improvements are making the submarine more elusive and lethal. Masts with high-definition cameras are as clear as direct-vision optics – so the mast needs only to break the surface and make a single sweep to provide a full horizon view. Finmeccanica’s WASS division and Atlas Electronik offer modern all-electric torpedoes with multiple guidance modes, from fiber-optic to wake-homing, and back-breaking influence fuzes that work too often for comfort.

Antisubmarine warfare (ASW) has not stagnated, but it shows signs of disarray. After the end of the Cold War stopped the Soviet Union’s push for quieter submarines, the U.S. scrapped improvements to the P-3 sub-hunting plane and the P-3’s replacement. The carrier-based S-3 Viking went the same way, and the U.K., more recently, retired the Nimrod and canceled its deeply flawed MRA4 replacement sub-hunters. ASW assets and crews have been diverted to reconnaissance missions in overland and littoral wars. The Navy’s strategy for the new Boeing P-8A Poseidon is to get the airframes first, because P-3s are wearing out.

The U.S. Navy’s ASW future hinges on two new technologies: multistatic, active, coherent (MAC) acoustic systems, or sonar, and automated radar detection of periscopes. Today, airplanes mainly hunt submarines by para-dropping a pattern of sonobuoys, most of which are passive listening devices. “Active” search nodes depend on noise sources that can be as simple as an explosive squib. Planned for later P-8A models, MAC uses buoys that can transmit tones and sophisticated waveforms that, when they bounce off the sub and are picked up by the other buoys in the network, can accurately pin down its position. MAC is likely to be quite costly to operate – the P-8A carries many more buoys than a P-3, and the buoys are more complex. Testing so far has not been a disaster, but it has been limited. One series of tests last year was truncated so that the test aircraft and crew could go and chase drug-runners. Picking real targets from false targets and clutter is still down to operators.

Better ways to detect periscopes – with the radar cross-section of a floating Coke can – have been under study since the early 1990s, but the Navy has vacillated on deployment plans. The new Automatic Radar Periscope Detection and Discrimination (ARPDD) technology – which uses very fast scanning and a lot of signal processing to tell a slow-moving scope from drifting debris – was to be used on upgraded P-3 radars. But in 2005 – after the Gotland tests started, which may not have been a coincidence – the plans changed to stress close-in defense of the aircraft carrier, with ARPDD used first on MH-60R helicopters and on a radar mounted on the carrier itself. ARPDD disappeared from the P-8 radar requirement, then returned. More recently, the carrier-mounted radar has been discontinued and surface combatants will have ARPDD.

But the key to telling the periscope and the Coke can apart is that one of them is moving purposefully, and an electronic mast that surfaces intermittently makes an even less obvious track than a direct-view periscope that has to stay up to function. That change was not in sight when ARPDD was conceived.

Surface warfare may be heading for a strategic dilemma. The surface combatant is vital for many missions – but its utility could be drastically limited if a submarine threat imposes a no-go area. And as more new AIP subs enter service, denying the problem is less and less of an option.

Bill Sweetman, Aviation Week & Space Technology, May 12



Photo taken in May 2012 shows a Chinese aircraft carrier cruising for a test on the sea. China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Sept. 25, 2012. The carrier, with the name "Liaoning" and hull number 16, was officially handed over to the Navy at a ceremony held in a naval base of northeast China's Dalian Port. (Xinhua/Li Tang)

Photo taken in May 2012 shows a Chinese aircraft carrier cruising for a test on the sea. China’s first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army on Sept. 25, 2012. The carrier, with the name “Liaoning” and hull number 16, was officially handed over to the Navy at a ceremony held in a naval base of northeast China’s Dalian Port. (Xinhua/Li Tang)


China has an aircraft carrier — and it’s making the neighbors nervous.

In fact, if news reports are to be believed, China may soon have two, three, or even four new aircraft carriers in its fleet as early as 2020. And if that’s true, it’s all the more reason for countries located in uncomfortable proximity to the Asian giant to begin building up naval forces of their own.

And fortunately for investors in some of the world’s biggest defense contractors who sell to them, it seems China’s neighbors are doing just that — arming themselves to the teeth.

An arms race is afoot in Southeast Asia

As the foremost military power in the world, the United States is currently the biggest market for naval weaponry. That just stands to reason. But according to the naval analysts at AMI International, the Asian-Pacific region has become the No. 2 market for ocean-going arms sales. AMI estimates that Asian and Pacific nations are set to spend $200 billion on submarines and surface warships between now and 2032. At that level, they’ll account for about 25% of the global naval arms market.

Unfortunately, U.S. defense contractors will be lucky to win even a sliver of this new business.

The good news

How is that possible? After all, the U.S. boasts both of the two largest privately owned defense contractors in the world — Lockheed Martin , with $44.9 billion in mostly military annual revenues, and Boeing , with a defense business of more than $33 billion annually (according to data from S&P Capital IQ). Both of these firms can expect to make at least some money off the Asian arms race, equipping local navies with weapons systems such as Lockheed’s F-35B stealth fighter jet, optimized for use aboard “small carrier” platforms such as South Korea’s Dokdo-class landing platform helicopter ships, and Boeing’s P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft.

Smaller Raytheon , meanwhile, already gets more than 10% of its annual revenues from the Asia-Pacific region, specializing in the sale of rockets and missiles that can be launched from land, air, and sea platforms. As the region invests in ever greater numbers of coastal defense works, warships, and aircraft, Raytheon can expect millions — if not billions — of dollars of additional business.

The bad news

But, at the same time, the two U.S. defense contractors that you’d think would be best-positioned to benefit from a boom in naval spending — shipbuilders General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls — may largely miss out.

According to AMI, Asian and Pacific countries are likely to spend the bulk of their anticipated $200 billion investment buying warships — perhaps as many as 1,000 surface combatants spread across several different countries, and more than 100 new submarines over the next 20 years. This implies an average purchase price of less than $200 million per warship — probably much less, given the high cost of the submarines alone, and of the handful of new aircraft carriers to be included in the total, which will eat up far more than their fair share of the spending.

Now here’s the problem in a nutshell: As a general rule, General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls won’t even get out of bed to bid on a warship contract of under $200 million. Your average GD-brand Littoral Combat Ship costs upwards of $350 million to build (some estimates put the unit cost closer to $500 million). General Dynamics’ Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate, which cost $194 million to build back in 1978, would be worth about $683 million today in inflation-adjusted terms. And Huntington Ingalls’ DDG 51-class guided missile destroyers bear price tags that stretch into the billions.

And the ships these builders specialize in, those muscular, armed-to-the-teeth nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines and aircraft carriers? They all cost even more than conventionally powered craft, and are correspondingly less likely to appear on Asian-Pacific nations’ shopping lists.

Foolish takeaway

America has taken a curious path in choosing how to “upgrade” its Navy over the past few decades. Eschewing the yeoman’s (or, perhaps here, midshipman’s) work of building small, cheap frigates and corvettes capable of maritime patrol and “showing the flag” missions, we’ve instead focused on building small, expensive warships like the Littoral Combat Ship, and larger, even more expensive warships such as the Zumwalt-class superdestroyer and, of course, our megabillion-dollar aircraft carriers.

 This has resulted not only in a smaller Navy for us. It’s also left our two best military shipbuilders woefully short of expertise in building the kinds of budget-priced small surface combatants that will be most in demand in the coming Asian-Pacific arms race. And unless we change course soon, this may cost America’s defense contractors a $200 billion revenue opportunity in Asia.

Rich Smith, The Motley Fool, May 11

Editor’s Note: AMI International is a local Bremerton firm, and a Community Affiliate. It is internationally recognized as a leader in Naval Market Intelligence. AMI routinely posts International articles in the Navy League Seapower Magazine.

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On May 1, the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics GD -0.14% and the Newport News Shipbuilding unit of Huntington Ingalls Industries began construction of the first vessel in a five-year, ten-boat contract to build Virginia-class fast attack submarines.  It is the biggest shipbuilding contract the Navy has ever awarded, and at $2.7 billion per boat, the 50+ subs the Virginia program will eventually produce rank it among the Pentagon’s top technology investments for the new millennium. Read More…

If you’re often in uniform in the civilian community— whether at the coffee shop outside the gate, the airport or your child’s soccer game— you may have been ap­proached by strangers thanking you for your service. Many troops are humble about such praise— and may even be embarrassed by the attention. More often than not, their response will be a polite thank you and a murmured, “I’m just doing my job.”

May is National Military Appreciation MonthMilitary-Appreciation-Month, so it’s a good time to think about other ways to show apprecia­tion— starting, perhaps, with widening our focus. Con­sider thanking others in the military community who you believe don’t get enough recognition, such as veter­ans, including veterans from previous eras. The gestures:

One: Start with people you know. If your mother, grandfather or uncle is a veteran, ask if they’d be willing to participate in an event with family and close friends to celebrate their service. They can pull out their old uniforms, pictures and other artifacts from the trunk in the attic, and talk about their experiences. “A lot of children and grandchildren don’t know what their relatives have done in the military,” said Marty Callaghan, an American Legion spokesman.

Two: Check out needs in your local area.  Are there families of deployed troops in your neighborhood? Are there older veterans? Offer to mow the lawn (or just do it), or bake some cookies. If you’re part of a communi­ty or religious organization, ask whether there are any veterans who are members, and explore their needs. You could lend a hand just by offering to drive an older veteran or family member to the grocery store on the weekend.

Three: Hook up with an organization. Check out your local VFW or American Legion post, or other local veterans organizations— and while you’re there, buy a cup of coffee or a meal for a veteran or two. Maybe there’s a volunteer activity that could fit into your schedule. Explore national organizations like Operation Grat­itude, which has expanded from its initial mission of sending packages to deployed troops to include care packages for families and veterans. That includes hospitalized veterans, and now, care packages for new recruits. You can donate items to packages, or volunteer to distribute them to local troops on behalf of the organization.

Four: Make it personal. Spend some time with a veteran and exchange sto­ries, perhaps at a local Veterans Affairs Department hospital. Write letters to veterans expressing your appreciation for their service. If you’re a veteran, consider writing to deplyed troops of today’s military; deployed troops love the letters from veterans as part of care packages, said Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude. And it works both ways; for the care packages that the organization sends to veterans in hospitals, or coming home from Honor Flights, or a variety of other events around the country, “letters would be very special coming from [those] currently serving,” Blashek said. Handmade items such as scarves also are always a big hit in the group’s care packages to veter­ans.

Five: Don’t forget the family. If you’re thanking a service member or veteran, don’t forget their family members— including children, “because they served and sacrificed, too,” VFW’s Davis said.

— Karen Jowers Navy Times

Posted by: arbeam | May 1, 2014

Bremerton Armed Forces Festival Schedule

Brem AFF

Every May the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce hosts the Armed Forces Festival. First celebrated in 1948, It is the nation’s largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade and Festival. The Chamber wants to thank the men and women that wear the uniform of the United States of America Armed Forces. Please help our community in saying thank you to our Armed Forces by attending and supporting the festival events.

2014 Bremerton Armed Forces Festival Schedule

May 7: Armed Forces Festival Ambassador Final Event

  • Naval Undersea Museum  Theater Keyport 7:00-9:00 PM

May 8: Regional Library Event

  • Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories
  • Downtown Bremerton Library 6:30 PM

May 9: Pepsi Armed Forces Festival Golf Tournament

  • Gold Mountain Golf Course on the Cascade Course 7:30 AM /1:00 PM

May 10: Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition

  • Olympic College 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

May 17: Armed Forces Festival 5K Run

  • Bremerton Ferry Terminal Tunnel  7:30 AM

May 17: Lions Armed Forces Festival Pancake Breakfast

  • 4th and Pacific 8:00 – 10:00 AM

May 17: Armed Forces Festival Parade

  • Downtown Bremerton 10:00 AM

May 17: Armed Forces Festival  Heroes Barbecue

  • Pacific and 4th Ave 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

May 17: Armed Forces Festival Navy League Gala Extravaganza

  • Admiral Theatre 6:00 -10:00 PM

May 18: Armed Forces Festival Motorcycle Ride and Show

  • Pendergast Park  09:30 AM Bike Show, 10:15 AM Ride


Posted by: arbeam | May 1, 2014

May 7: Armed Forces Day Ambassador Speakoff

Ambassadors ParadeNaval Undersea Museum  Theater Keyport 7:00-9:00 PM

Each year, as part of the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival, selected high school seniors from all over Kitsap participate in a multi task competition for scholarships. For the final event, each person prepares and delivers a speech on a U S veteran or naturalized citizen of their choosing. Each will be asked to answer an impromptu question.

The Armed Forces Festival Queens Pageant was converted to the Armed Forces Festival Ambassador’s Program in 2002. It was determined that this scholarship opportunity should be available to both male and female contestants.


Posted by: arbeam | May 1, 2014

May 8: AFF Regional Library Event

Defending Your Voice: Teaching Soldiers How to Tell Their Stories                                                     Downtown Bremerton Library 6:30 PM

LibraryA discussion on helping veterans cope with trauma through writing and storytelling.  Shawn Wong, author and University of Washington professor, speaks of his work with soldiers at JBLM and will talk about how our community can help soldiers tell their stories.

For the past year, author Shawn Wong, along with a team of teachers in the Red Badge Project, has been teaching veterans at Joint Base Lewis-McChord how to construct the stories of their lives in writing. Through the project, soldiers are able to translate and articulate their lives away from home, their experiences and their traumas to themselves, their families and a wider audience. Whether the narrative voice on the page is in the first person non-fiction voice of the soldier/writer or a surrogate fictional voice, the goal is the same – to be heard and understood. Wong will discuss what he has learned from this program and how communities and soldiers might learn to share, hear and understand the stories of our veterans. We will talk about how veterans’ stories can give us insight into the traumas of war.


Gold Mountain Golf Complex, 7:30 am or 1 pm starts

The Pepsi Armed Forces Golf Tourament is in its 23nd year. It is played on the Gold Mountain Cascade Course. The tournament is comprised of a best Ball Scramble team event. Two Shotgun starts are available at 7:30 AM or 1PM Form your own team, (entry fee $400 per team) or we can pair you with someone. MILITARY: Entry fee $50 for active duty & reserve military, $100 for all others. All team members (active duty, reserve, or civil service must be from the same command or Unit).

Golf smCategories:
The golfers compete for prizes in two different categories:
    -Best Ball Scramble low gross score
-Best Ball Scramble low Callaway score
The military golfers also get to compete in an additional two categories:
     -Military team with the Best Ball Scramble low gross score
-The Commander Cup trophy awarded to the best combined score of their command.
All golfers compete in many individual categories:
     -Hole-in-one on the Par 3 for a Grand Prize
-Additional Hole-in-one prizes on the remaining Par 3’s
-Closest to the pin
-Longest Drive
-Putting contest

Olympic College Student Center 10 AM to 2 PM                                                                                                                    Tasters need about 2PM

130511-N-CL698-033The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got it’s beginning as a simple Chili CookOff on Armed Forces Day. It has grown into a stand alone event on the Saturday before Armed Forces Day Parade. The audience gets to sample all the entries after the judging.




Competition Categories2013 NHB

  • Chicken wings
  • Cakes
  • Chili
  • Garnish
  • Dessert Pies
  • Hors d’oeuvres
  • Iron Chef (secret ingredient)

In addition there is a commercial Chili Cookoff. The winner will be chosen by popular vote.

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