Posted by: arbeam | June 3, 2018

June 12: Luncheon Speaker Lt Governor Cyrus Habib

For May we have a special treat. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib is our guest speaker. If you have not heard Lt Gov Habib speak you are in for a treat. You may remember that Lt Gov Habib spoke at the USS Washington Commissioning. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib was elected in 2016, becoming the state’s first Chief Opportunity Officer. In this capacity, Habib works daily for all Washingtonians, striving to expand access to opportunity and create a more prosperous Washington for all.

The position of Lieutenant Governor is unlike any other in Washington state government because its duties fall both within the Executive and Legislative branches. The Lieutenant Governor becomes the Acting Governor whenever the Governor leaves the state or is otherwise unable to serve. Lt. Gov. Habib also presides over the State Senate.

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 Jun 5.
  • 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.

Our President, Steve Westover, and other members of our Navy League Board of Directors present the Community Affiliate Plaque to Our Place Pub and Eatery in recognition of their support to our Council. Our Place Pub and Eatery is at 9322 Silverdale Way NW in Silverdale If you’ve not been there or havn’t been there lately, you should give it a try and thank them for their support to Navy League. All of our Community Affiliates are listed on the front page of every newsletter.

Posted by: arbeam | June 3, 2018

President’s Corner June 2018

Hope this change in the weather is finding you well. The good news is that the days are getting longer and we are getting warmer weather. The bad news is its allergy season, with all the eyes watering and noses running

Armed Forces Weekend was an unqualified success. The week started on Thursday with a senior enlisted salmon barbeque at the Kiana Lodge. It is an opportunity for your Navy League to say “Thank You” to the hard working senior enlisted, the backbone of the Sea Services. On Saturday, was the Armed Forces Day parade followed by the Gala. Many thanks to RADM Mayes for being the Gala guest speaker. Thanks also to Congressman Kilmer for to joining us and speaking. There were several comments that the food was excellent; some of the best they have ever had at the Admiral Theater. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of our Armed Forces week Chairman, Larry Salter and committee members Alan Beam, Tim Katona and Helen Miller.

We held a welcome home reception for the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) and her crew at the beginning of May. The USS Bremerton has arrived at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for inactivation and decommissioning. Past Council President Alan Beam and former Bremerton city mayor Patty Lent are chairing a committee to permanently honor the boat as she is recycled.

The June luncheon should not to be missed. Lt Gov Habib will be our speaker. He represented the State of Washington at the commissioning of the USS Washington (SSN-787) last fall.


Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

USS Bremerton Arrival Photos







An energetic crowd was on hand to greet the USS Bremerton on her arrival at NBK Bremerton on Apr 27.  The group included the Bremerton Mayor, family, Plank Owner John Scanlan , ex crew members, Navy League, Naval Submarine League, SubVets (USSVI) and the Navy Band.

Also on hand to meet the sub were four former commanding officers, Capt Tom Zwolfer CO #11, Capt Jerry Logan CO #10, Adopting Mayor Patty Lent,  Cdr Travis Zettel Current CO # 15, Capt Alan Beam CO #3 and Capt Tom Anderson Commissioning CO# 1. These members form the nucleus of the USS Bremerton Decommissioning Committee.


Plank Owners Anderson and Scanlan

Mayor Wheeler and Cdr Zettel



Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Apr 27: USS Bremerton Arrival at NBK Bremerton

Completing 37 years of service USS Bremerton (SSN-698), the longest serving submarine in the Force, arrived at NBK Bremerton to commence the inactivation process.  Always pushing the envelop USS Bremerton deployed to her first homeport of Pearl Harbor by way of an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning. She completed her 15th and last deployment on 10 April 2018.

Bremerton embarked the Commissioning Commanding Officer Captain Thomas Anderson for the final voyage.  He had the honor of issuing the first order to dive and the final order to surface. Covering the Alphabet from A to Z, Anderson  was the first CO and Cdr Travis Zettel was the last.

Following a brief stand down to move families, Bremerton will enter Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to begin the inactivation process which involves defueling,   decommissioning and ultimately recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Captain Schrader Awarded 2018 Thunderbird Award

Every year, the Bremerton Chamber honors leaders in our community with the Thunderbird, or Hyas Tyee awards.  The past-presidents of the Chamber come up with suggestions for the award, and the Board of Directors votes to approve the list.  In a community rich with volunteers and leaders, the challenge is not in finding enough people to honor, but to pare the list down to only 4 or 5 honorees. This year’s Thunderbird is  Captain Alan Schrader Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap.



180326-N-UK333-189 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) off the coast of California. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Program’s demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine’s strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/Released)

SAN DIEGO — The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) along with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted successful test flights of two Trident II D5 Missiles, March 26. The unarmed test missiles were launched as part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) 28 in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.

The missiles were launched as a double mission test and were the key element of DASO 28, which marked the 166th and 167th successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since its introduction to the Fleet in 1989. The primary objective of the DASO is to evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before operational deployment following midlife refueling overhaul. Read More…

During the month of March this year I had the privilege of going to San Diego, represent our Navy League Council and  attend the DASO-28, and which is the firing of a Trident missile from the USS Nebraska off of the coast of California.

It was indeed a cold morning March at 0300hrs when I got up and dressed to go to the Point Loma Naval facility in San Diego where everyone that was attending the missile shoot was to meet no later than 0530hrs at the Navy Gateway Inn located on the Port Loma base.

Approx 0545hrs nearly 200 of us lucky people boarded Navy buses from the Gate Way Inn to be transported to the Port Loma docks to board the USNS Waters, a 475 foot Naval ship that does submarine navigation research and submerged launch support and tracking of the missiles.  It is under the operation control of the Military Sealift Command and is operated by DOD civilian personal.

Upon pulling away from the docks in San Diego the group was broken down into smaller groups where Navy personal from the USS Nebraska Gold were assigned to be tour guides for our groups as we attended the shoot.  The USS Nebraska Blue were going to conduct the shoot for this day.   We had a light breakfast as we headed out to sea and instructions as to what was going to happen when we took up a position of observation.  We were advised over the speaker system that today the USS Nebraska was going to launch two missiles, First launching was to be a 1330hrs and the second was to be launched approx 2 hours later. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

May 8: Luncheon Speaker Guy Stitt President AMI

Our May Luncheon Speaker is Navy League Past President Guy Stitt. Guy is the President of AMI International Naval Analysts and Advisors. He is a nationally known expert in Foreign Navy Programs. He will be presenting on Navy developments in the Pacific and the South China Sea.
Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor

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