BREMERTON, Washington – The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) is scheduled to arrive at Naval Base Kitsap on Feb. 25, marking Bremerton’s first visit to its namesake city since 2012.
Bremerton, commanded by Cmdr. Wes Bringham, currently home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, recently completed a shipyard maintenance and drydocking availability at Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard, and is in the process of working up for it’s final overseas deployment. It is scheduled to decommission here in 2017, after completing over 35 years of service. USS Bremerton was jointly adopted by the City of Bremerton and the Navy League Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council in 2011.
Bremerton’s last visit to her hometown came in May 2012. On Jan. 11, 2011, the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Navy League adopted the submarine in a formal ceremony. While in the area, the ship’s crew will meet with local officials, host prospective recruits, and participate in a park clean-up project.
Wednesday Feb 25
1500-1800 Arrival Reception @ Sam Adams
Saturday Feb 28
0900-1200 Community Relations Project Hal’s Corner (park corner of Sheridan and Wheaton Way)
1600-1800 Crew Function @ McClouds Grillhouse
Monday Mar 2
1200- 1400 Baseball game with USS Nebraska
1600-1800 Mayors Reception @ City Hall
The 11th submarine of the Los Angeles class, Bremerton is currently the oldest submarine in the U.S. fleet. She carries a crew of more than 130 Sailors, and is the second United States Ship to bear the name. Bremerton was launched by her sponsor, Mrs. Henry M. Jackson, in July 1978 and commissioned on March 28, 1981, under the command of Thomas Anderson ( a current Poulsbo resident)
Fast-attack submarines like Bremerton are designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, carry out intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, support aircraft carrier and expeditionary strike groups, and engage in mine warfare.