The Change of Command for the USS Bremerton is scheduled for November 27, 2018 at NBK Bremerton.

Commander Christopher Lindberg enlisted in the Navy as a Nuclear Mechanic in 1993 and was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning Program (Nuclear Option) in 1995.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1998.  He attended Nuclear Power School in Charleston, SC and Prototype at Nuclear Power Training Unit Ballston Spa, NY.

He was assigned to USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701), homeported in Portsmouth, NH, for Division Officer tour.  While on board USS LA JOLLA (SSN 701) conducted a change of homeport to Pearl Harbor, HI and completed a Western Pacific deployment.  In 2003, Commander Lindberg transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Master of Arts in Applied Physics in July 2005.

Commander Lindberg reported to USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) (B), homeported in Bangor, Washington, as the Navigator.  He completed three deterrent patrols and commenced a CNO availability before transferring in August 2008 to be the initial manning Engineering Officer on USS CALIFORNIA (SSN 781) being built in Newport News, Virginia.

In July 2010, he transferred to the Naval War College and in June of 2011, he earned a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies.

In September 2011, he relieved as the Executive Officer on USS OLYMPIA (SSN 717) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Following his Executive Officer tour, he reported to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team.

Following completion of the Submarine Prospective Commanding Officer training pipeline, Commander Lindberg relieved as Commander, Submarine Squadron SIXTEEN Deputy for Readiness in Kings Bay, Georgia.

From October 13, 2017 to September 7, 2018 he served as Commanding Officer, Naval Submarine Support Command – Pearl Harbor.

Commander Lindberg’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3). Navy Commendation (4), the Navy Achievement Medal (3), and various other unit and campaign awards. He is married to Mrs. Sarah Huntley and they have 3 kids, Amelia, Chloe, and Calvin.

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Posted by: arbeam | November 11, 2018

2019 Officer Nominations

Navy League Nominations Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council for 2019.

Our Bylaws state the following:

This Council shall have the following elected Officers: President, one or more Vice Presidents, Treasurer, Secretary and Judge Advocate. Additional Vice Presidents may be elected for functional areas as required.

The Board of Directors shall consist of the Officers, the immediate past President and a minimum of ten elected Directors. During the year, the President may propose to the Board any new Director required. After Board approval a confirmation by membership vote at the next meeting will be required.

Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting, by secret ballot unless there is but one candidate for an office, in which case election may be by voice vote. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting.

A Nominating Committee shall be established annually. It shall be comprised of the following:

  • a member appointed by the President,
  • two members selected by the Board of Directors
  • two members elected by a vote of the membership.

Notice of membership of this Committee shall be announced sixty days in advance of the annual meeting and a report of the Committee shall be made to the membership at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall select at least one nominee for each office and nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination to any elective office.

The Annual Meeting of Members shall be held during the last quarter of the fiscal year. At this meeting, the President, Treasurer and Secretary shall submit their annual reports to the members. (Copies of these reports must be sent to National Headquarters with copies to the appropriate State and Region Presidents.) Elections for Council Officers and Directors for the subsequent fiscal year also shall be held at this meeting.

The Nominating Committee for 2019 consists of

  • Alan Beam Past President
  • Tim Katona Past President
  • Larry Salter Past president
  • Richard Huddy Member
  • Monica Phillips Member

The Nominating Committee recommends the continuation of the current 2018 officers for a second term. Each of these individuals have volunteered to a second term.

  • President: Steven Westover
  • Vice President: David Ellingson
  • Treasurer: Larry Tellinghuisen
  • Secretary: Joseph Hulsey
  • Judge Advocate General: Robert Battin

The Annual Business Meeting is scheduled for December 11, 2018 (Second Tuesday luncheon) Meeting.

Posted by: arbeam | October 27, 2018

Oct 27: Happy Navy Day!

What should we know about these important days?

USNL The Navy League sponsored the first national observance of Navy Day in 1922 to give recognition to the naval service.  The Navy League of New York proposed that the official observance be on 27 October in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt, who had been born on that day.  He was also instrumental in helping to found Navy League in 1902.

Navy Day was last officially observed on October 27th, 1949 when Louis Johnson directed that the U, S. Navy’s participation in such events would occur in May on the third Saturday, Armed Forces Day, he was the secretary of the newly created Department of Defense.

In 1972, Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October 1775 as the Navy’s birthday.  In contrast to Navy Day, the Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents.

Navy League was not affected by this decision as it is Civilian Organization, and they continued to organize events as before.

Special note:

The Armed forces Festival held in Bremerton each year actually began before the national Armed Forces Day Parade, making it one of the oldest and continuously running Armed Forces Day Parades in the country.

Navy Fleet Weeks are held in many places around the country at different times during the year.  The one held in August in Seattle coincides with the annual SeaFair

Please welcome Captain Jon H. Moretty , the New Commanding Officer of NUWC Keyport. The Change of Command is today at 1030 AM.

Captain Jon H. Moretty, a native of Portland, OR, enlisted in the Navy in 1989.  He was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, graduating with honors from Oregon State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned via Officer Candidate School. He holds a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and National Security from Naval War College where he was selected as Mahan Scholar and performed Chief of Naval Operations directed research on China’s nuclear program.

Upon completion of nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course, he was assigned as a division officer to USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758) completing one Western Pacific deployment and earning a Battle Efficiency “E”.

After completing his initial submarine tour and reporting to Submarine Training Center, Point Loma in 2002,he served as Engineering Officer on USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) (GOLD), completing four strategic deterrent patrols and earning two Battle Efficiency “E”s, the Omaha Trophy and Outstanding Trident Performance award.

In 2005, while stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor he served as Squadron Engineer, Submarine Squadron NINETEEN, subsequently going on to become the Executive Officer on USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) (BLUE), conducing three strategic deterrent patrols, earning a Battle Efficiency “E” and the Omaha Trophy.

Ashore, in 2010 he reported to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Exercises and Country Engagement on the staff of Submarine Group SEVEN in Yokosuka, Japan and provided emergency response coordination during OPERATION TOMODACHI following the great earthquake, tsunami and resultant nuclear disaster.

He assumed command of USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) in 2013, leading his crew in conducting four strategic deterrent patrols vital to national security, earning HENRY M JACKSON the Commander, Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award.

Captain Moretty transitioned to the Acquisition Community in 2016, serving as the Executive Assistant to Director, Programming Division (OPNAV N80) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, responsible for the development, submission, and defense of the USN/USMC annual investment program of $705 billion.

His acquisition related tours include Director, Mission Assurance, Advanced Undersea Systems (PMS 394) and Assistant Program Manager; Warfare Requirements, VIRGINIA Program (PMS 450).

He has earned numerous personal and service awards, but is most proud of the unit awards he shares with the outstanding crews he has served alongside. He is married to the former Jennifer Kaiser of Troutdale, Oregon and has two children, Tanner and Talia who both attended Oregon State University.

Posted by: arbeam | October 22, 2018

Oct 18: SOSA Octoberfest 2018

On a beautiful northwest autumn afternoon, we drove up to the Olympic Lodge NBK Bremerton, which came alive as the sun set, on Puget Sound.  What a lovely surprise, like stepping back in time. Octoberfest, in full swing, Frauleins, ladies and their consorts in traditional dress dirndl skirts and blouses,  lederhosen for the men. Everything beautifully decorated,  there was  music dancing,  decorations, games, contests and a magnificent buffet of German food and good German beer. it was wonderful. Thank you to the SOSA ladies for inviting us to celebrate with you again this year you are all amazing.

Posted by: arbeam | October 21, 2018

Oct 13: Pacific Northwest Navy Birthday Ball

The Pacific Northwest Navy celebrated their 243rd birthday on Saturday October 13 at the NBK Bangor Ballroom. The principal speaker was Commander Darlene Iskra US Navy (Retired). She was the first female Commanding Officer of a Navy ship having command of the USS Opportune (ARS-41).

Also honored was WWII veteran Roy Solt. Roy served as a Fire Controlman onboard the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38). As part of the celebration Roy was given a heroes tour of the Trident Submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). “The people that I met during this trip were great,” said Solt. “I knew that the submarines were big but I hadn’t realized they were that big. This was an amazing visit.”

BANGOR, Wash. (Oct. 13, 2018) World War II veteran Roy Solt man’s the helm during a tour of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735). Solt served aboard the Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) as a Fire Controlman and was aboard when the ship was torpedoed in 1945. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

Marines Celebrate 243rd Birthday on November 13. Members of the Marine Security Force Battalion under the able leadership of Lt. Col Karl Tinson 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-administration, 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 Congress. 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 tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, 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 celebrate with 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.

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

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call realty station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Nov 6.

  • 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.

 

Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2018

Election of Officers for 2019

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is developing the Slate of Officers for 2019.  A Nomination committee of Tim Katona, Larry Salter, Alan Beam, Richard Huddy and Monica Phillips was formed at the October Luncheon. They will meet to finalize the slate before the November Luncheon.  The vote and confirmation of the Slate will occur during our December Luncheon. Additional nominations, volunteers, and comments are welcome from the Council membership at large and should be provided via email to  bremertonnavyleague@gmail.comor can be provided at the November or December luncheons.

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2018

Oct 12: Safe Boats International Tour

Today about 20 Navy League members converged on the SAFE Boats facility in Bremerton.  We were treated to a tour of their factory and started off with a presentation introducing us to several of their staff and their products, including their pioneer signature wrap-around collar design, instantly recognizable on many of their boats.  This tour was one of the couple of non-military owned facilities we visited this year.  SAFE Boats, established in 1996, is 100% American owned and operated, and they pride themselves in employing many military veterans among their dedicated and expert work force of over 250 people.  As a government contractor, a majority of their clients are the US Military, Law Enforcement/First Responders and Security.

We also each received a souvenir SAFE Boats embroidered ball cap with an American flag and their logo “God, Country & Fast Boats” sticker.  Of course, I had to ask what the SAFE acronym stood for: SecuredAround Floatation Equipped.

Their main active facility consists of two buildings in Bremerton, and they have a second facility in Tacoma where boats can be tested in the water, which is active mostly when building their largest series, the Mk VI Patrol Boat which reaches 85 ft.  We were hosted to a tour of the main manufacturing facility and able to view over two dozen boats in various stages of manufacture in specialized sections; from sheet aluminum which is placed on a large table router, to cut pieces being welded, to integral parts being attached, to final assembly, testing and finished boats awaiting delivery to customers who might wait at least a year for their order to be processed.  The relatively small SAFE Boats facility turns out about 75 boats per year.

The privately owned company prides itself in ensuring a high safety record for employees (all non-union) and customers, making durable, specialized, high quality custom work boats that help save lives around the world, where over 2,000 boats are in service in over 60 countries.  SAFE Boats are made to take a beating and have a long serviceable work life; their foam filled collars and high grade machined & welded aluminum able to withstand the rigors of combat, years at sea and even small arms fire.  SAFE Boats have been in service for over 5 million operating hours without significant hull failure, and select boats have survived more combat time than any other boats since the Vietnam War.

SAFE Boats also boasts over 160 local and State of Washington customers.   Their employees are treated as valuable assets and cross-trained in multiple stages of the boat-building process.  Some of their employees have gone on to work at the nearby Bremerton Naval Shipyard, where their multiple skills are sought after in a highly specialized industry.  Perhaps one day some of us might be treated to a test ride in one of their boats!

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2018

Sept 20: NUWC Keyport Tour

On 20 September, about 20 Navy League members visited the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Division for a site visit and demonstrations, hosted by Ms. Aime Lykins, Protocol Officer.

Mr. Eric Gillespie, Deputy Technical Director, provided a NUWC Keyport command introduction and overview of the broader Naval Sea Systems command. NUWC Keyport employs over 2,000 military and technical staff, including a broad distribution of engineers and scientists with advanced degrees.

Their charter is the full range of undersea weapon inservice engineering, test & evaluation, range operations and fleet support. While torpedo technology is the principal focus, they are adapting to new techniques, systems and operational challenges.

The two technology demonstrations included the Weapons Sonar Test Facility, where Mr. Richard Larvia, Systems Engineer described the use of pressure test vessel to simulate the full range of operational depth and temperature for live testing of sensors and systems; and the Innovation Lab, where Mr. Brian Dougherty, Chemical Engineer showed the development plans for a full range of new 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques as applied to repair and prototyping of new components in metal and plastic. Both labs are providing technology support to operational units, engineering redesign, and are also available to support shipyard and other industrial partners.

The last visit was a new operational command, Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Squadron One, uniquely hosted at NUWC to take advantage of the technical expertise there. LCDR Boatwright, Executive Officer UUVRON-1 presented an assortment of small UUVs, which are used for technology assessments and training.

Each demonstration stimulated a lot of discussion and questions. All in all, it was an interesting and engaging view into technology and operational expertise addressing the latest in operational and in-service challenges. – Provided by NL reporter John Barkley.

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