Please welcome Captain Jon H. Moretty , the New Commanding Officer of NUWC Keyport. The Change of Command is today at 1030 AM.

Captain Jon H. Moretty, a native of Portland, OR, enlisted in the Navy in 1989.  He was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program, graduating with honors from Oregon State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned via Officer Candidate School. He holds a Master of Business Administration from San Diego State University and Master of Arts in Strategic Studies and National Security from Naval War College where he was selected as Mahan Scholar and performed Chief of Naval Operations directed research on China’s nuclear program.

Upon completion of nuclear power training and the Submarine Officer Basic Course, he was assigned as a division officer to USS ASHEVILLE (SSN 758) completing one Western Pacific deployment and earning a Battle Efficiency “E”.

After completing his initial submarine tour and reporting to Submarine Training Center, Point Loma in 2002,he served as Engineering Officer on USS PENNSYLVANIA (SSBN 735) (GOLD), completing four strategic deterrent patrols and earning two Battle Efficiency “E”s, the Omaha Trophy and Outstanding Trident Performance award.

In 2005, while stationed at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor he served as Squadron Engineer, Submarine Squadron NINETEEN, subsequently going on to become the Executive Officer on USS KENTUCKY (SSBN 737) (BLUE), conducing three strategic deterrent patrols, earning a Battle Efficiency “E” and the Omaha Trophy.

Ashore, in 2010 he reported to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Exercises and Country Engagement on the staff of Submarine Group SEVEN in Yokosuka, Japan and provided emergency response coordination during OPERATION TOMODACHI following the great earthquake, tsunami and resultant nuclear disaster.

He assumed command of USS HENRY M. JACKSON (SSBN 730) in 2013, leading his crew in conducting four strategic deterrent patrols vital to national security, earning HENRY M JACKSON the Commander, Pacific Fleet Retention Excellence Award.

Captain Moretty transitioned to the Acquisition Community in 2016, serving as the Executive Assistant to Director, Programming Division (OPNAV N80) on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, responsible for the development, submission, and defense of the USN/USMC annual investment program of $705 billion.

His acquisition related tours include Director, Mission Assurance, Advanced Undersea Systems (PMS 394) and Assistant Program Manager; Warfare Requirements, VIRGINIA Program (PMS 450).

He has earned numerous personal and service awards, but is most proud of the unit awards he shares with the outstanding crews he has served alongside. He is married to the former Jennifer Kaiser of Troutdale, Oregon and has two children, Tanner and Talia who both attended Oregon State University.

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Posted by: arbeam | October 22, 2018

Oct 18: SOSA Octoberfest 2018

On a beautiful northwest autumn afternoon, we drove up to the Olympic Lodge NBK Bremerton, which came alive as the sun set, on Puget Sound.  What a lovely surprise, like stepping back in time. Octoberfest, in full swing, Frauleins, ladies and their consorts in traditional dress dirndl skirts and blouses,  lederhosen for the men. Everything beautifully decorated,  there was  music dancing,  decorations, games, contests and a magnificent buffet of German food and good German beer. it was wonderful. Thank you to the SOSA ladies for inviting us to celebrate with you again this year you are all amazing.

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)

Marines Celebrate 243rd Birthday on November 13. Members of the Marine Security Force Battalion under the able leadership of Lt. Col Karl Tinson will celebrate their birthday at our regular monthly luncheon.

MCSFBN Bangor provides a dedicated quick reaction security force for Naval Base Kitsap. The MCSF Battalion, Bangor is the largest of the Security Force Battalions in the world. It is an independent Command, capable of self-administration, organized to support and accomplish their own particular mission.

“On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousands of men have borne that name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the Birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.” John A. Lejune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1921.

The Commandant went on to say that “the record of our Corps is one which bears comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war and in the long era of tranquility at home. Generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, and in every corner of the seven seas so that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.”

Each year, the current Commandant sends out a message to all of the Marine units. We look forward to hearing this year’s message. The Marines celebrate with their traditions, such as recognizing the oldest and youngest Marine in the room. If you know of an older Marine, please encourage him or her to attend.

Toys for Tots will also be collected. Please bring an unwrapped toy or a donation for this wonderful program.

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 Nov 6.

  • 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.

 

Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2018

Election of Officers for 2019

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is developing the Slate of Officers for 2019.  A Nomination committee of Tim Katona, Larry Salter, Alan Beam, Richard Huddy and Monica Phillips was formed at the October Luncheon. They will meet to finalize the slate before the November Luncheon.  The vote and confirmation of the Slate will occur during our December Luncheon. Additional nominations, volunteers, and comments are welcome from the Council membership at large and should be provided via email to  bremertonnavyleague@gmail.comor can be provided at the November or December luncheons.

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2018

Oct 12: Safe Boats International Tour

Today about 20 Navy League members converged on the SAFE Boats facility in Bremerton.  We were treated to a tour of their factory and started off with a presentation introducing us to several of their staff and their products, including their pioneer signature wrap-around collar design, instantly recognizable on many of their boats.  This tour was one of the couple of non-military owned facilities we visited this year.  SAFE Boats, established in 1996, is 100% American owned and operated, and they pride themselves in employing many military veterans among their dedicated and expert work force of over 250 people.  As a government contractor, a majority of their clients are the US Military, Law Enforcement/First Responders and Security.

We also each received a souvenir SAFE Boats embroidered ball cap with an American flag and their logo “God, Country & Fast Boats” sticker.  Of course, I had to ask what the SAFE acronym stood for: SecuredAround Floatation Equipped.

Their main active facility consists of two buildings in Bremerton, and they have a second facility in Tacoma where boats can be tested in the water, which is active mostly when building their largest series, the Mk VI Patrol Boat which reaches 85 ft.  We were hosted to a tour of the main manufacturing facility and able to view over two dozen boats in various stages of manufacture in specialized sections; from sheet aluminum which is placed on a large table router, to cut pieces being welded, to integral parts being attached, to final assembly, testing and finished boats awaiting delivery to customers who might wait at least a year for their order to be processed.  The relatively small SAFE Boats facility turns out about 75 boats per year.

The privately owned company prides itself in ensuring a high safety record for employees (all non-union) and customers, making durable, specialized, high quality custom work boats that help save lives around the world, where over 2,000 boats are in service in over 60 countries.  SAFE Boats are made to take a beating and have a long serviceable work life; their foam filled collars and high grade machined & welded aluminum able to withstand the rigors of combat, years at sea and even small arms fire.  SAFE Boats have been in service for over 5 million operating hours without significant hull failure, and select boats have survived more combat time than any other boats since the Vietnam War.

SAFE Boats also boasts over 160 local and State of Washington customers.   Their employees are treated as valuable assets and cross-trained in multiple stages of the boat-building process.  Some of their employees have gone on to work at the nearby Bremerton Naval Shipyard, where their multiple skills are sought after in a highly specialized industry.  Perhaps one day some of us might be treated to a test ride in one of their boats!

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2018

Sept 20: NUWC Keyport Tour

On 20 September, about 20 Navy League members visited the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Division for a site visit and demonstrations, hosted by Ms. Aime Lykins, Protocol Officer.

Mr. Eric Gillespie, Deputy Technical Director, provided a NUWC Keyport command introduction and overview of the broader Naval Sea Systems command. NUWC Keyport employs over 2,000 military and technical staff, including a broad distribution of engineers and scientists with advanced degrees.

Their charter is the full range of undersea weapon inservice engineering, test & evaluation, range operations and fleet support. While torpedo technology is the principal focus, they are adapting to new techniques, systems and operational challenges.

The two technology demonstrations included the Weapons Sonar Test Facility, where Mr. Richard Larvia, Systems Engineer described the use of pressure test vessel to simulate the full range of operational depth and temperature for live testing of sensors and systems; and the Innovation Lab, where Mr. Brian Dougherty, Chemical Engineer showed the development plans for a full range of new 3D printing and additive manufacturing techniques as applied to repair and prototyping of new components in metal and plastic. Both labs are providing technology support to operational units, engineering redesign, and are also available to support shipyard and other industrial partners.

The last visit was a new operational command, Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Squadron One, uniquely hosted at NUWC to take advantage of the technical expertise there. LCDR Boatwright, Executive Officer UUVRON-1 presented an assortment of small UUVs, which are used for technology assessments and training.

Each demonstration stimulated a lot of discussion and questions. All in all, it was an interesting and engaging view into technology and operational expertise addressing the latest in operational and in-service challenges. – Provided by NL reporter John Barkley.

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2018

Presidents Corner November 2018

Snow is on the mountains. Fall is here and winter is around the corner. In recognition of the US Navy’s October 13th birthday, our October speaker was from the Navy. Admiral Blake Converse, an impressive gentleman man who gave a fascinating talk.

In keeping with our tradition, in honor of the Marine Corps’ November 10th birthday, our November Speaker is LtCol Karl Tinson, Bangor Security Force Battalion Commanding Officer. He is a great speaker. I hope you join us for lunch and camaraderie on Tuesday, November 13th. The food is great, the company is even better.

I’ve been touring Europe. As a retired Naval Officer with an appreciation of world history, it’s touching to see the great sights in Europe and ponder the contributions America made to freeing Europe from tyranny, twice, and the continued stability our forces stationed in Europe and around the world continue to provide. I had the opportunity to stand where WWII Medal Honor winner Audie Murphy single handedly held off an entire company of German soldiers in the Colmar Pocket in Jan 1945.

November 11th is Veterans Day. Veterans Day is celebration of the millions of Americans who chose to serve our country and the world, many of whom never returned. When Lt Governor Habib spoke at our June Luncheon he said that Washington encourages service members to return or remain here after leaving the service. It is his belief that veterans make great Washington citizens. I agree!

Please take a moment to silently give thanks for the sacrifices our veterans have made to keep our country and our world a safer place for all of us. When you see one of our soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Airmen or Coast Guard men or women, hold the door open for them, smile and thank them.

We will be celebrating Veterans Day on Monday Nov 12 at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The door open at 9:00AM and the ceremony begins at 10:00 AM. There will be 24 Information Booths and Vintage Military vehicles on display. Every year the celebration gets bigger and better. Come out and help us celebrate our local Veterans.

Posted by: arbeam | October 6, 2018

USS Bremerton: Meet The Captain

Commander David Kaiser has relieved Commander Travis Zettel as Commanding Officer USS Bremerton (SSN-698). Cdr Kaiser comes to us from command of the USS Dallas (SSN-700). USS Dallas was decommissioned here at PSNS on April 14, 2018.

Commander David Kaiser, a native of Ft. Myers, Florida, enlisted in the Navy following graduation in 1990. Certified as a nuclear trained Reactor Operator, he was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program and earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Commander Kaiser received his commission following completion of Officer Candidate School in December of 1997.

Commander Kaiser’s sea tours include 6 strategic deterrent patrols as a Junior Officer onboard USS HENRY M JACKSON (SSBN 730) (B), a surge deployment to the Western Pacific followed by an inter- fleet transfer and Change of Homeport from Pearl Harbor HI to Kittery, ME, for an Engineered Overhaul as Engineer Officer onboard USS LOUISVILLE (SSN 724), and an Engineered Overhaul followed by an inter-fleet transfer and Change of Homeport from Kittery, ME, to Agana, Guam, with an additional year of forward deployed operations as Executive Officer onboard USS OKLAHOMA CITY (SSN 723).

Additionally, Commander Kaiser served as the Executive Officer for the maiden deployment of the USS MISSISSIPPI (SSN 782) to the Western Pacific. Most recently, Commander Kaiser completed his command tour involving numerous multinational and tactical development exercises, an inter-fleet transfer and Change of Homeport from Groton, CT, to Bremerton, WA, and final inactivation and decommissioning of USS DALLAS (SSN 700).

Commander Kaiser’s shore tours include Navy Personnel Command (PERS-42) Junior Officer Detailer, Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board Junior Board Member, Submarine Group NINE Deputy Chief of Staff for Training , and Submarine Squadron ONE Deputy for Operations. During these tours, Commander Kaiser earned his Master of Science degree in Operations Management with a certificate in Business from the University of Arkansas and completed JPME Phase I through the Naval War College.

Commander Kaiser wears the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards) , and various individual, unit, and campaign awards. He is married to the former Katherine Kovaleski of Northfield, NH , and has one son, Christopher.

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!

Sincerely,

Gabriel Cavazos
CDR USN
Commanding Officer, USS Washington (SSN 787)

FEAR THE BLACKFISH!

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