Posted by: arbeam | September 12, 2018

Oct 9: Luncheon Speaker RDML Blake Converse, Commander Submarine Group 9

Come out and help us celebrate the 243rd Navy Birthday! The United States Navy was originally established as the Continental navy on October 13,  1775, when the Continental Congress authorized the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.

Our Guest Speaker will be Rear Admiral Blake Converse, Commander Submarine Group 9. The Group Commander provides oversight for shipboard training, personnel, supply and material readiness of SSBNs and their crews. The Group Commander is also responsible for nuclear submarines undergoing conversion or overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. As Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Representative, COMSUBGRU NINE coordinates all submarine matters in the Pacific Northwest.

Rdml Converse comes to us from US Fleet Forces Command where he served as the director, Joint and Fleet Operations (N3). This is his second tour in the area. His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661) and USS Olympia (SSN 717) as the engineer officer, and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include commanding officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and commodore of Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call realty station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Oct 2.

  • Members without base access; processing time can take weeks.
  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet. Provide your date of birth and city of birth.
  • Members without enhanced WA Drivers License need to be on the base access list or be escorted.
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