BREMERTON, Wash. (April 17, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) will arrive at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, April 27.

Bremerton is currently the oldest active duty submarine. Under the command of Cmdr. Travis Zettel, Bremerton will be departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a homeport change to its namesake city. Bremerton has been homeported in Hawaii since 2003.

Bremerton completed their most recent deployment April 6, 2018. During the six-month deployment, the boat and her crew steamed more than 42,000 nautical miles and conducted five foreign port visits.

The submarine’s ability to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, made Bremerton one of the most capable submarines in the world.

During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine and then retain the hull in safe storage until the boat is recycled.

If you wish to be on the pier to meet her, contact Bryon Faber, Cell: 360-434-1144
Email: byfaber@centurytel.net

If you do not have Base access you will need to fix out a Base Access Form SECNAV_5512_1_11787

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Posted by: arbeam | March 15, 2018

Apr 14: Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball

The 2018 Pacific Northwest Submarine Officer’s Birthday Ball will be held at the NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom from 5;30-11:30 on Saturday April 14, 2018. VADM Charles Richard, Deputy, U.S Strategic Command will be the Keynote Speaker. Social and Reception begins at 5;30, Formal Event begins at 6:30 and lasts until 11PM.

Dinner Dress: Formal

 

Dinner Choices are:

  • Short Rib Bourguignon
  • Herb de Provence Chicken
  • Seared king Salmon
  • Baked Fazzoletto

Ticket prices are $80, Reservations are open through 26 Mar. If you are interested contact Byron Faber for your reservation and you dinner choices at email: byfaber@centurytel.net, phone: 360-434-1144

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The U.S. icebreaker Polar Star is seen in the Arctic in July 2013.

As the Coast Guard prepares to review industry bids for a new heavy polar icebreaker, the service is keeping its options open for the right number and mix of polar icebreakers it will need in the future, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard, said on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard’s program of record is for three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers but Zukunft said the “jury is still out” whether that will remain so. Right now, the service is aiming toward building three new heavy icebreakers, but it might make sense just to keep building these ships, he told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Zukunft said that “when you start looking at the business case after you build three, and then you need to look at what is the economy of scale when you start building heavy icebreakers, and would it be less expensive to continue to build heavies and not mediums.” He added that the heavy icebreakers provide more capability, and if the price is “affordable” and in “the same range” as building medium icebreakers, then “maybe you end up with one class of heavy icebreakers.”

Building only one class of ships has a number of advantages in terms of maintenance, crew familiarity, configuration management, and more, he said. A decision on what the future icebreaker fleet will consist of is “still probably several years out .. but that’s one option that we want to keep open going forward,” Zukunft said.

Last July, the National Academies of Science recommended that the Coast Guard build four heavy icebreakers based on a common design as the lowest cost strategy for a polar icebreaker fleet instead of pursuing three heavy and three medium vessels (Defense Daily, July 11, 2017). Read More…

LT Nick Vilardi’s outstanding performance as Navigator on USS PASADENA during 2017 served as an inspiration for tactical warfighting in the Pacific Submarine Force and is most assuredly deserving of recognition as the RADM Willis A. Lent Tactics and Warfighting Award. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | April 12, 2018

Radm Kriete Receives Third Star!

Navy Rear Adm. David M. Kriete  has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.  Kriete most recently served as director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council, Washington, District of Columbia. Radm Kriete was Commander Submarine Group Nine from 2014 to 2016

Admiral Theatre 6- 10 PM May 19, 2018

Join us for the Annual Navy League Gala to honor our Military and recognize our community and political leaders. Each year, as the finale to Armed Forces celebrations in Bremerton, our Navy League Council honors the local military commands by hosting the only black tie event, aside from formal military balls, in the area.

 

The Grand Marshall of the Armed Forces Day Parade is traditionally the guest of honor and this year, Adm James “Frank” Caldwell Jr, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, will be our guest speaker.

Additionally, as part of the evening, our council presents a special, annual award to the Trident submarine crew who has achieved the top marks in battle efficiency. Competition is very competitive and this award is coveted among the boats homeported at Naval Base Kitsap. Our council started this trophy bowl many years ago and now a similar award is provided in Kings Bay, Georgia to a submarine that is homeported on the East Coast.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Gala is a significant social event of the year in Bremerton and each year we recognize very special people for their outstanding contributions to our council and the military. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another prior to and following dinner and the program. Alejandro will perform Flamenco guitar after the official ceremony.

Numerous business and community leaders join us for this recognition ceremony. You do not want to miss this year’s Gala at the Admiral Theatre and it could sell out early. Call the Admiral Theatre at 360-373-6743, or use Online Ticket Selection for Navy League Gala 2018 https://tickets.admiraltheatre.org/calendar/2018-05-19 to make your reservations, space is limited. Please RSVP by May 11. Tickets are $65 per person.

Posted by: arbeam | April 1, 2018

USS Bremerton Completes 37 Years of Active Service

USS BREMERTON (SSN698) was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut, on 28 March 1981. Principal speaker at the ceremony was the Honorable Henry M. Jackson, U.S. Senator from the state of Washington. Also participating in the ceremony were Mrs. Helen M. Jackson, the ship’s sponsor, the Honorable Norman D. Dicks, U.S. Representative, Sixth Congressional District, State of Washington, the Honorable Glenn K. Jarstad, Mayor of the city of Bremerton, Washington, Vice Admiral John G. Williams, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare, Hear Admiral Austin B. Scott, USN, Commander Submarine Group TWO, Captain Joseph F. Yurso, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, and Mr. P. Takis V eliotis, Executive Vice President – Marine, General Dynamics and General Manager, Electric Boat Division. Accepting the ship for the Navy was Rear Admiral Carl A. Brettschneider, USNR, Commander Naval Base Philadelphia. Assuming command was Captain Thomas H. Anderson, USN.

Always a ground breaker, USS Bremerton deployed from Groton Connecticut for the first time, three and half months after Commissioning, to homeport in Pearl Harbor Hawaii via an Indian Ocean Depolyment.

Posted by: arbeam | April 1, 2018

USS Bremerton News

LCDR Joshua Weiss reported to the USS Bremerton in WestPac and relieved CDR Jeff Fassbender as Executive Officer. CDR Fassbender has reported to the White House as Navy Military Aide to the President.


 

Mr. David Reams- Director, Yacht Operations-Vulcan, Inc.  Mr. Reams will be giving a presentation on the mission to locate the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). You may remember from our February Luncheon that locating a shipwreck is very challenging.

The USS Indianapolis played a pivotal role in moving the atomic bomb for our forces to eventually drop on Japan, ending WWII. After delivering the parts, the Indianapolis met with a terrible fate, being sunk by Japanese torpedos and, due to the secrecy of its mission the loss was not known for some time. Vulcan, Inc, a Paul Allen owned company, set out to locate the wreck and successfully did so. Mr. Reams is going to tell us about that momentous discovery and what is happening since. This will be a joint meeting with the Naval Submarine League and we expect attendance to be high.

Our social hour will begin at 11AM with the meeting starting at 11:45 in the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor.

For lunch registration, please call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 by Apr 3.

For members without base access, processing can take some days. We will take that job on if you call. When registering provide your name as it appears on your Driver’s License and date and city of birth.

Members without an Enhanced Washington Drivers license or a passport will need to be escorted onto the base.

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Posted by: arbeam | March 26, 2018

Apr 2018: President’s Corner

Spring is in the air. The grey clouds of winter have given way to blue skies of spring. I look out my window at the white capped Olympic Mountains and am at awe of the beauty of our Pacific Northwest.

We have an interesting program for our April Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be David Reams Sr. Director, Yacht Operations, for Paul Allen’s Vulcan Group. He will be speaking on how they found the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), famous for carrying components of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,ending World War II. The USS Indianapolis was sunk shortly after delivering the key atomic bomb parts. Because the mission was so secret, the sinking went unnoticed for some time while the crew was in the water with sharks attacking.

He will also speak to two of their more recent finds, the USS Lexington, (CV-2), lost in the Battle of Coral Sea, and the USS Juneau (CL-52). The USS Juneau is remembered for the loss of the 5 Sullivan brothers when it was torpedoed inNovember 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Coming up quickly will be our two big May events, the Gala, at the Admiral Theater on May 19. An invitation to the Gala is on page 5 of this newsletter. Tickets are available now. The annual Memorial Day tribute onboard the USS Turner Joy will be held on May 28th. These are two events that you don’t want to miss.

Steve

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OLYMPIA, Wash — Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) demonstrated high-quality service and experienced local culture during a namesake visit to the Pacific Northwest, March 16-21, that included a series of engagements with key civic and government leaders, and locally-based organizations in the Washington State capital city of Olympia and surrounding areas.

Olympia arrived March 16 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, about 60 miles north of Olympia, and local community leaders, military supporters and family members greeted a 100-member crew at the pier. This was followed by an arrival reception pizza party for the crew at NBK Bremerton Sam Adams Club.

 

 

The Bremerton Navy League hosted an Arrival Reception at NBK Sam Adams Club.

Crew members bussed in to Olympia from Bremerton each day throughout the port visit to participate in community relations projects, tour the state capitol campus and surrounding attractions, and meet with community members.

“USS Olympia came from Pearl Harbor to the Pacific Northwest specifically for a namesake visit,” said Olympia commanding officer, Cmdr. Benjamin Selph, a native of Prescott, Arizona. “We are happy to bus the crew down here to build relationships with the city. As I’ve told the crew, the city loves the ship, and the ship loves the city. We have a great relationship.”

The day following their arrival, Sailors split up into four groups and spread out across the city to complete projects like filling 1000 backpacks with food to feed homeless children, assisting at two food banks, and clearing indigenous brush from forested areas in Little Baseball Association (LBA) park ahead of Arbor Day celebrations in April.

“The crew members of Olympia, as with so many Sailors, want to use their lives to serve,” said Selph. “And giving back to the city is just a small way to do that, to demonstrate partnership with the city.”
Jenn Butti, volunteer coordinator for Thurston Food Bank, expressed excitement and gratitude for the Sailors’ assistance. “We are excited to have Sailors here, we’ve been really looking forward to this, and this is really special,” said Butti. “Being able to connect with the Sailors, to connect with people who are doing so much for our county, and the fact that they want to spend part of their time giving back to our community is amazing.”

The Sailors saw firsthand the mission of the community to eliminate hunger around the city. Many of the programs target children who are homeless and promote nutrition for families at no cost. “It’s pretty cool the things that they do for the people and their community,” said Electronics Technician 3rd class Chinonye Madu. “This is the namesake of the boat, so we are glad to help out. It’s good to be in relationships with the community. Knowing that we are helping out the people and the community is good, especially because we will be returning here in the future.”

After tours on March 19, an award ceremony was held on the 42 steps of the Capitol rotunda, which commemorates Washington as the 42nd state. In front of an assembled crowd, one Sailor reenlisted, and two Sailors were awarded Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals in recognition of successful completion of their assignments aboard the ship. The Olympia Yacht Club also hosted a lunch for the crew, where Sonar Technician 3rd Class Louis A. Osornio was presented with his submarine enlisted warfare device, also known as “dolphins.”

The final day of their visit, the crew enjoyed liberty in downtown Olympia and enjoyed a luncheon hosted by the Olympia Host Lions club. The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Naval Submarine League hosted a party at the Bremerton Horse and Cow to bid the Crew Farewell.

USS Olympia is the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after Olympia, Washington. Commissioned on Nov. 17, 1984, Olympia is the 29th ship of the Los Angeles-class nuclear powered fast-attack submarines. The submarine is 362-feet long, displaces 6,900 tons and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

Navy News article Nancy diBenedetto Commander, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs

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