Posted by: arbeam | October 21, 2018

Oct 13: Pacific Northwest Navy Birthday Ball

The Pacific Northwest Navy celebrated their 243rd birthday on Saturday October 13 at the NBK Bangor Ballroom. The principal speaker was Commander Darlene Iskra US Navy (Retired). She was the first female Commanding Officer of a Navy ship having command of the USS Opportune (ARS-41).

Also honored was WWII veteran Roy Solt. Roy served as a Fire Controlman onboard the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38). As part of the celebration Roy was given a heroes tour of the Trident Submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN-735). “The people that I met during this trip were great,” said Solt. “I knew that the submarines were big but I hadn’t realized they were that big. This was an amazing visit.”

BANGOR, Wash. (Oct. 13, 2018) World War II veteran Roy Solt man’s the helm during a tour of the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735). Solt served aboard the Pennsylvania-class battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) as a Fire Controlman and was aboard when the ship was torpedoed in 1945. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Amanda R. Gray/Released)

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