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Bremerton Captains Log: Jan 12 2016

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FLEET ACTIVITY OKINAWA, Japan (Dec. 25, 2015) A Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) pulls in to Okinawa, Japan, as a part of a scheduled port visit.

Dear Bremerton Supporters,Happy New Year!

We rang in 2016 onboard the Bad Fish out in the Western Pacific.  Ringing in the New Year is a great time for reflection, and I have thought a lot about 2015 and what a great year it was for Bremerton.

We were able to come out of the shipyard, shake off our rust, and meet every operational commitment in 11 months.  That is very impressive, and it is a testament to the great work of the Bremerton crew.

We were also able to make a visit to our other homeport in the Pacific Northwest in the spring, and everyone onboard had the time of their life.  Our team onboard Bremerton is very lucky to have such a great namesake city – easily the best in the country – and our crew is looking forward to the day that we can come back into the Sinclair Inlet to visit our hometown.

We left for Bremerton’s fifteenth Western Pacific deployment in mid-December.  It took great efforts to get ourselves ready for deployment, and I was proud of each and every member of the crew.  The team really pulled together to ensure that the ship and crew were ready to go.

On Christmas Eve, we pulled into Okinawa, Japan for our first foreign port visit of the deployment.  It was a good opportunity to relax, catch up with our loved ones, and to see the sights on the beautiful island of Okinawa.  The Bremerton crew made the most of the port visit, traveling to see castles and Japanese Navy museums in Naha, and some even traveled to an aquarium where they have whale sharks!  I ran into Bad Fish Sailors enjoying Japanese food and culture.  Many enjoyed traditional Okinawan fare such as soba (noodles) or juchi (fried rice), but the adventurous ones tried sea grapes (I couldn’t bring myself to taste them) and chicken sushi (you heard me right).

All in all, we left Okinawa with great memories, and the Bad Fish crew made great impressions on everyone they met…as always.Now, it is time for us to get to work doing the country’s business.  I will plan to send another CO’s corner update later this deployment.
Aloha,Wes Bringham

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