Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

Tour Planning

May 19NAVMAG Indian Island at 9 AM

June 8US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU)

July 14 – Safe Boats International (Bremerton and Tacoma)

USNS Wally Schirra (L), USNS Carl Brashear (R) loading at NavMag Indian Island

NAVMAG is one of two West Coast ports upgraded for the efficient trans-shipment of containerized ammunition in the event of mobilization. The Department of Defense’s largest crane is at the Indian Island ammunition pier. It is capable of handing aircraft carriers and submarines. They are quite proud of their Environmental stewardship programs.


US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU Bangor)

08subbeingescortedouttoseaMFPU Bangor provides protective escort to SSBNs leaving for or returning from deployment. The MFPU is one of two units that were established in 2007; the other unit operates out of Naval Base Kings Bay GA.

Because the US Navy does not have law enforcement authority a unique arrangement was made with the USCG in that, while the 150 personnel in the MFPU  are members of the Coast Guard and their boats have Coast Guard paint and markings, all assets are actually owned by the Navy.  And all costs, including for personnel, are paid for by the Navy.

There are four types of boat used in SSBN escort service.  The largest is the 250′ blocking vessel.  Then there is the 87′ reaction vessel, next a 64′ large screening vessel and finally the 33′ small screening vessel (which is made by SAFE Boats in Bremerton).  Each type is used every time as a Security Package.

Please let me know if you want to attend.  The last 2 tours have been oversubscribed, so it is good to get your notice in first before the slots are gone. When I get particulars about security requirements and time & place to meet, I will let the folks who sign up know.  US citizenship is required.

Safe Boats International

Tour both the Bremerton & Tacoma manufacturing sites, with lunch at the Bremerton Airport Diner in between.

The Bremerton facility is used to product their smaller craft, up to 65 feet. These are the craft we see being tested in Sinclair Inlet. Safe Boats builds inboard and outboard powers craft for multiple agencies and foreign governments. Safe boats are known for their solid foam collar system provides both floatation and stability without risk of deflation.

Their lager craft are are built in Tacoma. They are currently delivering the Special Forces craft Mark VI which is 84 feet long. It has a crew of 10, and can carry a 13 member Seal Team. It has a range of 600 miles.





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