Posted by: arbeam | October 6, 2018

USS Washington Captains Log: Oct 5 2018


Hello again!  I hope this entry finds everyone well.  We’ve been busy here onboard the Blackfish, and I wanted to take a moment to catch you up with what we’ve done.

First off, earlier this year, we advanced four of our best performing Sailors through the Meritorious Advancement Program:  MMN1 Wilson, FT2 Cochran, STS2 Iverson, and CS3 Kingsbury.  Recently, we had the pleasure of pinning four new Chief Petty Officers this year:  MMWC Eads, FTC Konkoly, EMNC Fernald, and EMNC Lee.  Our Engineer, LCDR Pifer, was selected for permanent appointment to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Lastly, over thirty Sailors earned their Dolphins in the past year! Congratulations to all these individuals!

Since commissioning in October 2017, USS Washington completed a 9-month Post Shakedown Availability at Hunington Ingalls Industries – Newport News Shipbuilding and subsequent Sea Trials. The Blackfish has returned to her homeport in Norfolk, and we are now preparing for deployment in mid-2019.  During this period, we will exercise the crew through a variety of standard submarine mission areas in preparation for our deployment in the summer of 2019, and we’re certainly excited!  I’ll be sure to keep you apprised of our progress.  Until next time, take care!


Gabriel Cavazos
Commanding Officer, USS Washington (SSN 787)


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