Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

May 9: Luncheon Speaker Captain Howard Markle Commanding Officer Puget Sound Naval Shipyard

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The May Luncheon Speaker is Captain Howard Markle, Commanding Officer  Puget Sound Naval Shipyard /Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Captain Markle was awarded the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce Thunderbird Award this month for his community service efforts.

Today, PSNS is one of Washington’s largest industrial facilities. The shipyard, which covers 344 acres of hard land and 338 acres of submerged land, has six dry-docks, nine piers with 12,300 lineal feet of deep-water pier space, four mooring sites, and 382 buildings with more than six million square feet of floor space. The property is bordered on three sides by the City of Bremerton, and on the south by Sinclair Inlet, a natural deep-water harbor.

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard                                                   Megan Reid Kitsap Sun

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was originally established in 1891 as a Naval Station and was designated Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901. During World War I, the Navy Yard constructed ships, including 25 subchasers, seven submarines, two minesweepers, seven sea-going tugs, and two ammunition ships, as well as 1,700 small boats. During World War II, the Shipyard’s primary effort was the repair of battle damage to ships of the U.S. Fleet and those of its Allies.

CAPT Markle’s afloat tours included assignments to the guided missile frigate, USS Klakring (FFG-42) where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed operational deployments to Haiti and two Sixth Fleet Deployments; the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) where he earned his submarine dolphins; and on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) where he served as Chief Engineer during two Fifth Fleet Deployments. He also completed a tour as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to reporting to his current assignment he was assigned to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he served as the Production Resources Officer and Operations Officer.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He holds a Professional Engineers License in Mechanical Engineering from California.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before May 2.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

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