Posted by: arbeam | July 24, 2014

USS Bremerton ending life in Bremerton


BREMERTON — The USS Bremerton will return to its namesake city to be inactivated.

The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine will arrive at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility in fall 2017, said shipyard spokeswoman Mary Anne Mascianica. It’ll be moored until employees become available to perform the work. The Bremerton facility, which is busy with several other jobs, is the only place in the country where Navy submarines are recycled.

The USS Bremerton is the oldest commissioned submarine in the Navy, launched almost exactly 36 years ago, July 22, 1978, in Groton, Conn. It was commissioned on March 28, 1981.

The USS Bremerton was never home-ported here, but paid a handful of visits to Bremerton and Bangor, as early as Oct. 7, 1982 and most recently on May 26, 2012. The only fast attack subs to be based here are the three Seawolf-class — Seawolf, Connecticut and Jimmy Carter.

The USS Bremerton is based in Pearl Harbor, and spent some time in San Diego.

Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, commander of Naval Base Kitsap, commanded the USS Bremerton from Dec. 9, 2005 until March 4, 2008.

Kitsap Sun article



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