Posted by: arbeam | June 6, 2019

Captains Log USS Bremerton June 2019

It is hard to believe it has already been 6 months in command!  The USS Bremerton has completed the first of its kind Submarine Layup Availability in preparations for completing the Decommissioning in 2021.

The crew of the BREMERTON has been busy.  We had 5 Sailors and 1 Officer complete their qualifications in Submarines in the last 5 months.  This was accomplished while completing the first step of our inactivation process ahead of time and under budget.  I am looking forward to finishing our last 2 sailors in submarines qualifications. These will be the last to ever qualify onboard the American Classic. In addition to working to complete the availability our sailors have been busy supporting the community.  On earth day ~40 sailors helped cleaned up the Stephenson Canyon park and the First Class Petty Officer Associations volunteered at Viking Fest.

Additionally we frocked 5 sailors who advanced during the last navy wide advancement cycle. We promoted a Fireman to 3rd Class Petty Officer, two 3rd Class Petty Officers to 2nd Class Petty Officer and two 2nd Class Petty Officer to 1st Class Petty Officer. Additionally, we promoted 3 Lieutenants Junior Grade to full Lieutenant on June 1st.

I know many of you are wondering how long the BREMERTON is going to be around and what is the plan moving forward. As of now we are scheduled to be stricken from the list of commissioned vessels in 2021.  We are currently working closely, sharing many of the sailors, with the USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699) who is also going through inactivation and decommissioning process as well.  Since we will be around for the next 2 years the decommissioning/inactivation ceremony will occur closer to when the BREMERTON has completed her last availability. This puts the last celebration of the American Classic in the spring of 2021.

We look forward to continuing our involvement with the community of Bremerton as we complete the last phase of the USS BREMERTON’s life.

CDR Chris Lindberg

Commanding Officer, USS BREMERTON (SSN 698)

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