Posted by: arbeam | April 21, 2018

Welcome Home USS Bremerton (SSN-698)

USS  Bremerton is underway enroute to NBK Bremerton for Decommissioning. She has onboard Captain Thomas Anderson, the Commissioning Commanding Officer, accompanying CDR Travis Zettel for the final journey. One could say we have the CO’s covered from A to Z. Bremerton  began her career by deploying to her Homeport in Pearl Harbor via an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning.  Active to the end Bremerton completed it’s last frontline deployment to Westpac on 10 Apr, 2018.  Bremerton is scheduled to arrive at NBK BremertonPier D at 5PM on Friday 27 April. If you are interested in greeting the sub on arrival please contact bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com, Subject 698 Pier D 698 Access.

We have scheduled an Arrival Reception for 6PM Monday 30 Apr 2018 at the Kitsap Conference Center Marina Vista Room (100 Washington Ave, Bremerton WA 98337). This Reception is open to the public, please come out and say Welcome Home!

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BREMERTON, Wash. (April 17, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) will arrive at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, April 27.

Bremerton is currently the oldest active duty submarine. Under the command of Cmdr. Travis Zettel, Bremerton will be departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a homeport change to its namesake city. Bremerton has been homeported in Hawaii since 2003.

Bremerton completed their most recent deployment April 6, 2018. During the six-month deployment, the boat and her crew steamed more than 42,000 nautical miles and conducted five foreign port visits.

The submarine’s ability to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, made Bremerton one of the most capable submarines in the world.

During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine and then retain the hull in safe storage until the boat is recycled.

If you wish to be on the pier to meet her, contact Bryon Faber, Cell: 360-434-1144
Email: byfaber@centurytel.net

If you do not have Base access you will need to fix out a Base Access Form SECNAV_5512_1_11787

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The U.S. icebreaker Polar Star is seen in the Arctic in July 2013.

As the Coast Guard prepares to review industry bids for a new heavy polar icebreaker, the service is keeping its options open for the right number and mix of polar icebreakers it will need in the future, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard, said on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard’s program of record is for three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers but Zukunft said the “jury is still out” whether that will remain so. Right now, the service is aiming toward building three new heavy icebreakers, but it might make sense just to keep building these ships, he told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Zukunft said that “when you start looking at the business case after you build three, and then you need to look at what is the economy of scale when you start building heavy icebreakers, and would it be less expensive to continue to build heavies and not mediums.” He added that the heavy icebreakers provide more capability, and if the price is “affordable” and in “the same range” as building medium icebreakers, then “maybe you end up with one class of heavy icebreakers.”

Building only one class of ships has a number of advantages in terms of maintenance, crew familiarity, configuration management, and more, he said. A decision on what the future icebreaker fleet will consist of is “still probably several years out .. but that’s one option that we want to keep open going forward,” Zukunft said.

Last July, the National Academies of Science recommended that the Coast Guard build four heavy icebreakers based on a common design as the lowest cost strategy for a polar icebreaker fleet instead of pursuing three heavy and three medium vessels (Defense Daily, July 11, 2017). Read More…

LT Nick Vilardi’s outstanding performance as Navigator on USS PASADENA during 2017 served as an inspiration for tactical warfighting in the Pacific Submarine Force and is most assuredly deserving of recognition as the RADM Willis A. Lent Tactics and Warfighting Award. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | April 12, 2018

Radm Kriete Receives Third Star!

Navy Rear Adm. David M. Kriete  has been nominated for appointment to the rank of vice admiral, and assignment as deputy commander, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.  Kriete most recently served as director, Strategic Capabilities Policy, National Security Council, Washington, District of Columbia. Radm Kriete was Commander Submarine Group Nine from 2014 to 2016

Admiral Theatre 6- 10 PM May 19, 2018

Join us for the Annual Navy League Gala to honor our Military and recognize our community and political leaders. Each year, as the finale to Armed Forces celebrations in Bremerton, our Navy League Council honors the local military commands by hosting the only black tie event, aside from formal military balls, in the area.

 

The Grand Marshall of the Armed Forces Day Parade is traditionally the guest of honor and this year, Adm James “Frank” Caldwell Jr, Director of Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, will be our guest speaker.

Additionally, as part of the evening, our council presents a special, annual award to the Trident submarine crew who has achieved the top marks in battle efficiency. Competition is very competitive and this award is coveted among the boats homeported at Naval Base Kitsap. Our council started this trophy bowl many years ago and now a similar award is provided in Kings Bay, Georgia to a submarine that is homeported on the East Coast.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League Gala is a significant social event of the year in Bremerton and each year we recognize very special people for their outstanding contributions to our council and the military. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with one another prior to and following dinner and the program. Alejandro will perform Flamenco guitar after the official ceremony.

Numerous business and community leaders join us for this recognition ceremony. You do not want to miss this year’s Gala at the Admiral Theatre and it could sell out early. Call the Admiral Theatre at 360-373-6743, or use Online Ticket Selection for Navy League Gala 2018 https://tickets.admiraltheatre.org/calendar/2018-05-19 to make your reservations, space is limited. Please RSVP by May 11. Tickets are $65 per person.

Posted by: arbeam | April 1, 2018

USS Bremerton Completes 37 Years of Active Service

USS BREMERTON (SSN698) was commissioned at the U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Groton, Connecticut, on 28 March 1981. Principal speaker at the ceremony was the Honorable Henry M. Jackson, U.S. Senator from the state of Washington. Also participating in the ceremony were Mrs. Helen M. Jackson, the ship’s sponsor, the Honorable Norman D. Dicks, U.S. Representative, Sixth Congressional District, State of Washington, the Honorable Glenn K. Jarstad, Mayor of the city of Bremerton, Washington, Vice Admiral John G. Williams, Jr., USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare, Hear Admiral Austin B. Scott, USN, Commander Submarine Group TWO, Captain Joseph F. Yurso, USN, Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Groton, and Mr. P. Takis V eliotis, Executive Vice President – Marine, General Dynamics and General Manager, Electric Boat Division. Accepting the ship for the Navy was Rear Admiral Carl A. Brettschneider, USNR, Commander Naval Base Philadelphia. Assuming command was Captain Thomas H. Anderson, USN.

Always a ground breaker, USS Bremerton deployed from Groton Connecticut for the first time, three and half months after Commissioning, to homeport in Pearl Harbor Hawaii via an Indian Ocean Depolyment.

Posted by: arbeam | April 1, 2018

USS Bremerton News

LCDR Joshua Weiss reported to the USS Bremerton in WestPac and relieved CDR Jeff Fassbender as Executive Officer. CDR Fassbender has reported to the White House as Navy Military Aide to the President.


 

Mr. David Reams- Director, Yacht Operations-Vulcan, Inc.  Mr. Reams will be giving a presentation on the mission to locate the USS Indianapolis (CA-35). You may remember from our February Luncheon that locating a shipwreck is very challenging.

The USS Indianapolis played a pivotal role in moving the atomic bomb for our forces to eventually drop on Japan, ending WWII. After delivering the parts, the Indianapolis met with a terrible fate, being sunk by Japanese torpedos and, due to the secrecy of its mission the loss was not known for some time. Vulcan, Inc, a Paul Allen owned company, set out to locate the wreck and successfully did so. Mr. Reams is going to tell us about that momentous discovery and what is happening since. This will be a joint meeting with the Naval Submarine League and we expect attendance to be high.

Our social hour will begin at 11AM with the meeting starting at 11:45 in the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor.

For lunch registration, please call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 by Apr 3.

For members without base access, processing can take some days. We will take that job on if you call. When registering provide your name as it appears on your Driver’s License and date and city of birth.

Members without an Enhanced Washington Drivers license or a passport will need to be escorted onto the base.

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Posted by: arbeam | March 26, 2018

Apr 2018: President’s Corner

Spring is in the air. The grey clouds of winter have given way to blue skies of spring. I look out my window at the white capped Olympic Mountains and am at awe of the beauty of our Pacific Northwest.

We have an interesting program for our April Luncheon. Our guest speaker will be David Reams Sr. Director, Yacht Operations, for Paul Allen’s Vulcan Group. He will be speaking on how they found the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35), famous for carrying components of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki,ending World War II. The USS Indianapolis was sunk shortly after delivering the key atomic bomb parts. Because the mission was so secret, the sinking went unnoticed for some time while the crew was in the water with sharks attacking.

He will also speak to two of their more recent finds, the USS Lexington, (CV-2), lost in the Battle of Coral Sea, and the USS Juneau (CL-52). The USS Juneau is remembered for the loss of the 5 Sullivan brothers when it was torpedoed inNovember 1942 during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Coming up quickly will be our two big May events, the Gala, at the Admiral Theater on May 19. An invitation to the Gala is on page 5 of this newsletter. Tickets are available now. The annual Memorial Day tribute onboard the USS Turner Joy will be held on May 28th. These are two events that you don’t want to miss.

Steve

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