Our April 11 Luncheon Speaker is John Hanson, President of the Bremerton Historic Ship Association. They maintain and operate the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) US Naval Destroyer Museum on the Bremerton Waterfront. USS Turner joy just returned from a successful dry-docking in Lake Union.

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) was the last ship in the Forrest Sherman – class of destroyers. Her keel was laid down on Sept 30, 1957 in Seattle, Washington by the Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, and was commissioned on Aug 3, 1959. Turner Joy is credited with firing the first shots of the Vietnam War in the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. She is also credited with firing the last naval gunfire shots of the war. Turner Joy (DD-951) was decommissioned in November 1982, and was selected as a U.S. Navy memorial in November 1988.

John Hanson is currently the President of the Nonprofit organization Bremerton Historic Ship Association.  This is his 5th year as President and 10th year on the Board of directors.  John retired from the Navy and Department of Energy as a nuclear regulator for Naval Nuclear power program.  He is also a retired Naval nuclear officer having served 23 years.   His career included teaching Naval Nuclear Power school, Nuclear Planning and Engineering Officer for submarines at Bangor, Washington and qualifying Surface Warfare on Nimitz class aircraft carriers.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before April 1.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2017

NBK Bangor Service Pier Extension SEIS

NBK Bangor Service Pier

Notice of Intent to prepare Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor Project

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. — The U.S. Navy announced its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the July 2016 Final EIS for Land-Water Interface (LWI) and Service Pier Extension (SPE), NBK-Bangor, Wash.

The Final EIS for LWI and SPE resulted in a Record of Decision (ROD) signed on Sept. 8, 2016 for the LWI project only, and a decision of the SPE was deferred at the time pending availability of funding. Now that the SPE project has been funded, the Supplemental EIS will address the SPE project only and evaluate impacts to affected resources based on small changes in project design and new regulatory guidelines released since the September ROD. All public comments previously received on this project are still valid.

The Proposed Action’s purpose  is to support the mission of NBK-Bangor to serve as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout west Puget Sound and provide base operating services, including support for surface ships and submarines homeported at NBK-Bangor and Bremerton.

The Proposed Action is needed to provide alternative opportunities for berthing to mitigate restrictions at NBK Bremerton and to improve the long-term efficiency and effectiveness of the three SEAWOLF Class submarines on NBK. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | March 21, 2017

Apr 22: PacNorWest Officers Submarine Birthday Ball

This year’s Officers’ Submarine Birthday Ball will be held on April 22nd at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront, 2100 Alaskan Way.  There is a social hour starting at 1830 and the event begins at 1900. RADM Fritz Roegge, COMSUBPAC will be the keynote speaker. Ticket prices are $120 per person.   Dinner choices are Chicken, Salmon, Top Sirloin, or Vegetarian.  If you are interested please contact Bob Lamb Email: rhlamb@wavecable.com, Phone: 360-710-2326 by Apr 1.


Posted by: arbeam | March 11, 2017

Bremerton Navy League Supports Area Military

Mar 10, 2017 – When Alan Beam was a young sailor and docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after time at sea, he was greeted by the local Navy League. “They met us on the pier,” Beam said. “They fell all over us making us feel welcome and thanking us for our service.”

Beam never forgot what that meant to him. And that is why he is now an active member — and president — of the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League. Beam has been a member since 1991, after he retired in the area following a long Navy career. He retired as a captain and was commander of the USS Bremerton. Read More…

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) Mar 3, 2017 — Beginning Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, military exchange online shopping privileges will be extended to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military.

The Department of Defense announced this policy change as a way to recognize the contributions of service members who served in the military and to thank them for that service.

“We are proud to support this policy and extend the online shopping benefit to the nearly 15 million honorably discharged U.S. veterans,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) CEO. “It is one small way to honor those who have served. This policy change is great for our veterans, and is a win for our current customers. By having a larger customer base shopping our online store, we expect to be able to expand our merchandise assortment; and by purchasing more from our vendors, strengthen our value to our customers even more. We also expect to see an increase in contributions given to Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) for quality-of-life programs, as well.”

Prior to Nov. 11, honorably discharged veterans may go to http://www.myNavyExchange.com/veterans or the Navy Exchange Facebook page to check for information and announcements. The Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) will be the sole source for verification data of authorized exchange shoppers.

Navy news article by Kristine M. Sturkie

The Navy League, Bremerton – Olympic Peninsula Council toured SWFPAC on February 15th, hosted by CAPT Mike Elmstrom (SWFPAC CO).

First stop was a tour of Missile Assembly Building #3 (MAB-3) where Lockheed Martin – the prime contractor for missile processing operations briefed the group on the Trident II missile and the SWFPAC missile processing flow from component receipt to missile outload on SSBN’s.

Next up was a static display of two security force armored vehicles hosted by the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, an essential member of “Team SWFPAC.”

Following the static display, the group was treated to a tasty lunch at the Bangor Galley with choices from a wide range of menu items.

After lunch, the tour group proceeded to the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) hosted by LCDR Mike Smith, Subgroup 9 PAO.  The tour group was split up into three groups to facilitate movement within the submarine.  Spaces visited on the SSBN included the Control Room, Missile Compartment and Crew Berthing Spaces just to name a few areas.  Our tour guides briefed us thoroughly on operations in each space.  Many thanks go out to the crew for accommodating the Navy League tour.

This tour was arranged by Navy League member and tour organizer Byron Faber.  We are extremely grateful to CAPT Elmstrom for the opportunity to tour SWFPAC and LCDR Smith for coordinating a fantastic submarine tour.

Another great tour with the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council.

Posted by: arbeam | March 3, 2017

USS Washington Underway for Sea Trials


Posted by: arbeam | March 2, 2017

Mar 14: NL Luncheon Speaker Capt Robert Gaucher

Bremerton Navy League Luncheon Mar 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM, NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom.

This month’s luncheon will be a joint meeting with the Navy Submarine League. Our Guest Speaker is Captain Robert Gaucher Commander Submarine Development Squadron Five. CSDR 5  is the operational command responsible for the maintenance and operation of assigned submarines (USS Seawolf, USS Connecticut, and USS Jimmy Carter),  submersibles, and the Navy’s Ocean Engineering systems. They also serve as the tactical development authority for SUVs, UUVs, Undersea Acoustic Arrays, and Arctic Warfare.

Captain Robert Gaucher is originally from Pittsfield, MA, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering. He earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida in 1998.

His operational assignments include service in both fast attack and ballistic missile submarines including service as a Division Officer onboard USS FLYING FISH (SSN-673), Navigator/Operations Officer onboard USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN-723), and Executive Officer onboard USS MARYLAND (SSBN-738) (BLUE).  During these tours he completed three strategic deterrent patrols as well as deployments to the Arctic, Caribbean, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean.

Captain Gaucher commanded USS CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI (SSN 705) in Apra Harbor, Guam.  During his command tour, CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI completed two Western Pacific mission cycles and a Homeport Change to Pearl Harbor, while earning two Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Submarine Squadron Fifteen Battle Efficiency ‘E’.

Captain Gaucher’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards), and Navy Achievement Medal (4 awards).

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30 Tuesday 14 Mar 2017.

Registration: Please call Realty Station at 360-377-5699 for your lunch registration. This is a new phone number. If there are any questions please contact us at bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com

  • Members without base access; processing time can take weeks.
  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet. Provide your date of birth and city of birth.
  • Members without enhanced WA Drivers License need to be on the base access list or be escorted.
Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

Navy League judge Tom Danaher (center) listens intently to a student at the 2015 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair explain her project about energy from fruits and vegetables.

Did you sign up for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair?  Did you want to do that?  Soon?!  You will have a great time, meet many impressive young students, get to hob-nob with fellow Navy League members, and go home feeling better about what you just did!

First: Block March 31-April 1st off on your calendar and make a commitment to this year’s Fair.

Second:  Get your application for judge filled out on line (link provided) and get listed so we can get your training arranged if you are a first-timer.

Then (and this is important for you):  If you want a Navy League polo shirt,  short sleeve, long sleeve, whichever, you need to send your desired choice and size to me NO LATER THAN MARCH 10TH.  Your Navy League will pay for your shirt, but if you do not show up for the Fair, you will be billed for the shirt.

Sign up link below/Judges info above.  Numerous training opportunities and….a refresher on Friday morning March 31st that I always use.


The 2017 Fair and our 60th Anniversary is just around the corner, March 31 and April 1, 2017

The Fair is held at Bremerton High School, Bremerton, WA.

Attached is this year’s judges brochure, please feel free to pass them around.

As we move forward with automating the forms and assignments for the Fair, please register online using the following link:


or go to our website, www.wssef.org and click the judges tab then online registration.

When you sign up please indicate in the notes section that you are a Navy League judge

Details: The Navy League Provides $1200 in Scholarships (Grades 1-3 $100×2, Grades 4-6 $150×2, Grades 7-8 $200×2, Grades 9-12 $300). Our scholarships were targeted towards projects that support Naval Applications.  Our judges are involved with both General judging and Navy League judging. There are two judging sessions each day. If we hava sufficient number of  judges we divide up our judges (half for the General Judging and half for the Navy League judging/ then switch for the second session of the day) such that each judge gets an opportunity to do both.

Schedule: Friday (Grades 1-6) is basically from about 2pm to 8 pm.  So one could work on Friday morning if employed.  Saturday (grades 7-12) is a longer day (8AM-4:30PM). The first hour is set aside for Judge Training. You only need to attend one training session. It really does not get going until 0900. Meals are provided for the Judges. We are happy to have judges work both days, but can accommodate Judges working for one day.

Friday Mar 31 (Grades 1-6) Bremerton High School (1PM-(PM)

Please check in with the Navy League in the Judging area on arrival

1:00-2:15 PM Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

2:15 –3:15 Judging begins Gym Closed (No students)

3:15-3:30 Gym Open – Students return to their Projects

3:30-4:45 Judging Session 1 with Students

4:45-6:15 Dinner Break

6:30-8:00 Judging Session 2 with Students

8:00-9:00 Navy league Judges Meeting (Score Evaluation)

Saturday Apr 1 (Grades 7-12) Bremerton High School (8AM-4:30PM)

Please check in with the Navy League in the Judging area on arrival

8:00–9:00 Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

9:00-9:30 PM Judges Training/Judges Assignments  Auditorium

9:00-9:30 Judging begins Gym Closed (No students)

9:30-9:45 Gym Open – Students return to their Projects

9:45-Noon Judging Session 1 with Students

Noon-1:15 Lunch Break

1:15- 3:30 Judging Session 2 with Students

3:30-4:30 Navy league Judges Meeting (Score Evaluation)

6:00 Awards Ceremony Auditorium

All Judges need to be trained:  

Judges’ training opportunities:

March 18, 2017    In person ~ 10 am – noon  1342 NE McWilliams Rd, Bremerton, WA


March 9, 2017   Webinar  ~  5:00 – 6:00 pm

March 14, 2017   Webinar  ~  4:00 – 5:00 pm if needed

Training at the Fair

March 31, 2017   During the Fair on Friday ~ 1:00 – 2:00 pm

April 1, 2017   During the Fair on Saturday ~ 8:00 – 9:00 am

Contact Mike Huey, Head Judge for more information at headjudge@wssef.org here.

Hope to hear from you soon.  Respects,  TD navyeagle@comcast.net




Posted by: arbeam | February 13, 2017

USS Olympia (SSN-717) Port Visit

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2017) - The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) passes Seattle while transiting the Puget Sound for a namesake visit. The crew is visiting Olympia to perform community relations projects and interact with community members. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Jan. 27, 2017) – The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) passes Seattle while transiting the Puget Sound for a namesake visit. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)


BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) — Sailors assigned to Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Olympia (SSN 717) concluded a visit to the Pacific northwest, Jan. 30, following a series of engagements with key civic and community leaders as well as with locally-based organizations.

The namesake visit provided an opportunity for the crew of Olympia to demonstrate the quality of naval personnel to the citizens of the Pacific northwest, particularly the city of Olympia and surrounding areas.

USS Olympia Arrives in Bremerton for Namesake Visit

Olympia arrived at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Jan. 27, and was greeted on the pier by community leaders and supporters, including former Secretary of State Ralph Munro. Read More…

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