Posted by: arbeam | November 6, 2015

9-13 Nov: PCU Washington Crew to make Namesake Visit

The Precommissioning crew for the USS Washington SSN 787  is in town from Nov. 9-13!
USS Washington CO COB

Cdr Jason Schneider CO PCU Washington, and ITSCM Adam Burchette Chief of the Boat meet with Bremerton Navy League Larry Salter

USS Washington LogoThe Captain and some of his crew of the soon-to-be USS Washington are in town this week to make their initial namesake visit to Washington State. While they’re in town they’ll be participating in Veterans Day events, helping the Marines celebrate their 240th birthday and making visits to the Governor and with civic organizations.

The USS Washington (SSN 787) is the first ship since World War II and the only submarine to be named after the State of Washington.

 Some highlights of their planned visit:

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Captain and crew will participate in a Joint Navy League/ Submarine League luncheon at the NBK Bangor Trident Ball room on Nov. 10 at 1130 AM. That evening they plan to celebrate the USMC birthday at a dinner presented by the Seattle Navy League.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. They have an early morning visit with the Governor in Olympia, then they’re off to a Veterans Day celebration at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion/Fairgrounds and to a luncheon with the Seattle Rotary. Not only is this Veterans Day but it’s the day, 126 (1889) years ago that Washington became the 42nd state of our great nation.

We start Thursday with a meeting at the University Sunrise Rotary and a speaking event a short time later with engineering students at the University of Washington NROTC. This will be followed by a visit to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Assembly Building in Everett.

On Friday, the Captain meets with South Lake Union Rotary and returns home, but the crew is still in town and plans to visit Seattle Children’s Hospital to participate in a Navy Program called “Caps for Kids.” We have made arrangements to send the visiting crew members to the Seahawks game on Sunday.

The USS Washington SSN 787 is currently under construction in Newport News, Virginia. Construction began in September 2011. Washington is one of fourteen next-generation attack submarines, the Virginia Class Submarine . It will provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. Their inherent stealth, endurance, firepower, and sensor suite directly enable them to support five of the six maritime strategy core capabilities – sea control, power projection, forward presence, maritime security, and deterrence. SSN 787 will be 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length with a beam of 34 feet. It can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. Her 134-member crew can launch up to 12 Tomahawk land-attack missiles and Mark 48 advanced capability torpedoes.

Come out to meet our crew at the Tuesday Luncheon and at the Kitsap Veterans Day Celebration.

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