Posted by: arbeam | September 21, 2017

Aug 9: Tour of USS Buffalo (SSN-715)

On a warm and sunny Wednesday 9 August 2017 at NBK-Bremerton, 32 Navy Leaguers received an even warmer welcome aboard USS Buffalo SSN-715 from Commanding Officer CDR Micah D. Maxwell and crew for a tour.  Buffalo was commissioned in 1983 in the “first flight” of Los Angeles class fast attack submarines.  As such, even though the boat (submarines are boats, not ships) is in good physical condition it would require an expensive inspection and recertification in order to remain in active service.  Buffalo also does not have the vertical Tomahawk vertical launch missile tubes found on later versions of the LA class boats.  As such the Navy determined that it would be more realistic to retire Buffalo at this time and since its arrival in Bremerton in April 2017 following its final deployment Buffalo has been tied pier side pending the process of inactivation, decommissioning and scrapping.  In the meantime Buffalo has a full crew on board which necessarily oversees the daily operational procedures normal for an active submarine.  In time the crew size will decline.  A normal compliment is about 120 enlisted and 20-25 officers.  Buffalo had been home ported in Pearl Harbor for its entire period of service until the recent move to Bremerton.

Unique to the early LA class are dive planes on the sail.  These were replaced by bow planes
on the hull on later versions which facilitates rising to the surface under ice.  In wartime the primary mission of fast attack submarines is hunter-killer…something that Buffalo fortunately never had to do.  At other times missions such as intelligence gathering and exploration are assigned as well as availability to fulfill any requirement.

Our tour of Buffalo (named for the New York State city…not the animal) included the very important control room, the nerve center of the boat, where all operations are directed.  We also saw areas and equipment for navigation, fire control, SONAR, the mechanical room (which included oxygen generation and carbon dioxide scrubber equipment) plus the railroad locomotive size diesel engine available for emergency electric power.  Additionally we saw the galley, crew’s mess and ward room and torpedo room with 4 forward facing torpedo tubes.  To avoid triple hot bunking, necessary due to space constraints, some crew choose to sleep in the torpedo room on mats spread over the torpedo racks.  Not as private, but way more spacious.  It was pointed out that the greatest fire risk on the submarine is the clothes dryer which is used by every member of the crew.  The plan of action in event of a fire there is to have an extinguisher in operation in less than 15 seconds!

Our tour concluded and we all thanked CDR Maxwell and the personnel of Buffalo for the tour and for their service to our country.  It would be appropriate at this point to acknowledge the many crews that have served on USS Buffalo during the 34 years the boat has been in service and of course to say “well done” to SSN-715.  Thanks, too, to Byron Faber for arranging an amazing tour. – Norm Marten

 

 

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This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Rdml Gary Mayes Commander Navy Region Northwest. This year the Navy is celebrating its 242th birthday on October 11th. We are honored to have Rdml Mayes help us celebrate.

Commander, Navy Region Northwest provides consolidated base operations support for Navy activities in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. The Commander oversees the assigned shore organization and provides facilities and space management, exercise coordination, and support to homeported and transient ships, submarines, and aircraft as well as afloat and ashore tenants, military and family members.

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes was raised in Indianapolis. Mayes graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987 and received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988. He was designated a naval aviator in 1989. He also earned a Master of Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999 and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2002.

Mayes’ afloat and operational assignments in the SH-60B/R involved tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 and 46. He served as the executive officer and commanding officer, HSL 44. He participated in operations conducted in Haiti, South America, the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Adriatic Sea and the Persian Gulf. He also served as the officer in charge of a combined East and West Coast HSL/HSM detachment of 16 helicopters conducting rescue and humanitarian relief missions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that caused massive devastation to the Gulf Coast region. Mayes logged over 3,300 flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Ashore assignments include duty as a station pilot at Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Senate liaison officer in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; naval aide to the Vice President of the United States; administrative aide to the secretary of the Navy; commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado; and deputy director, plans and programs, for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Prior to his promotion to Mayes was executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and numerous campaign and unit ribbons.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before October 3.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

Our New September Luncheon Speaker is Commander Andrew H Ring Commanding Officer of the USS Houston (SSN-713). He has just successfully completed the decommissioning  ahead of schedule Arriving last August and turned over the ship to PSNS on August 24, 2017.

Commander Andrew Homer Ring, a native of Wilmore, KS, joined the Kansas Army National Guard and Army Reserve in 1992 as a cannon crewmember in field artillery.  In 1993 he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating from U.S. Naval Academy in 1997 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.

Commander Ring’s sea assignments include a junior officer tour on USS CHARLOTTE (SSN 766), Navigator/Operations officer on USS ALABAMA (SSBN 731) BLUE and USS NEVADA (SSBN 733) He completed five Pacific strategic deterrent patrols with his departments earning three CSS 19 Navigation “N” awards.  He was the Executive Officer on USS JACKSONVILLE (SSN 699).

Commander Ring’s shore assignments include duty as a Watch Officer at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet in Norfolk, VA.  He served as a Liaison Officer at the Joint Warfare Analysis Command in Dahlgren, VA for the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea.  During this assignment he also completed a tour in Iraq at Camp Victory as the Multi-National Corps Iraq and U.S. State Department Liaison Officer.  He was selected for the 2011 Federal Executive Fellowship Program and attended Harvard University as a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs studying Chinese foreign policy.  He served as Executive Officer of the Tactical Readiness Evaluation Team at Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Deputy for Material Readiness at Submarine Squadron Seven in Pearl Harbor, HI.

Commander Ring earned a Masters of Arts in National Security and Strategic Planning from the U.S. Naval War College, a Masters in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University, a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University, and a Masters of Art in Liberal Studies from University of Oklahoma.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Sept 5.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

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On Aug. 29, 2017, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer released a memorandum that outlined the Department of the Navy mission, vision and priorities.

Sailors, Marines and Civilian Teammates,

As I stated in my confirmation hearing, I have discussed priorities that must be at the forefront of every action. Our mission, vision and priorities for the Department of the Navy are listed below.

I call upon you to make every effort count and to align your goals with our priorities. I look forward to making progress alongside you in these areas.

Mission: The Department of the Navy will recruit, train, equip and organize to deliver combat ready Naval forces to win conflicts and wars while maintaining security and deterrence through sustained forward presence.

Vision: We are an integrated Naval force that will provide maritime dominance for the Nation. To accomplish this in the face of current and emerging challenges, we must renew our sense of urgency and speed of execution throughout the entire organization. Our core values and accountability at the individual and organizational levels will shape our culture and guide our actions.

Priorities: Our priorities center on People, Capabilities and Processes, and will be achieved by our focus on speed, value, results and partnerships. Readiness, lethality and modernization are the requirements driving these priorities.

People: Our military and civilian workforce is our greatest resource.

  • We will enhance the performance of our force by improving policies, programs and training.
  • The organization will capitalize on its best talent today, retain that talent over the long term, and find ways to continue to recruit the best people for the mission of the future.
  • Our military and civilian team will be measured against the highest ethical standards for every task and mission.

Capabilities: We will be capable of providing maritime dominance and power projection
required by the Nation.

  • The organization will focus on training, modernization and maintenance in order to achieve a high state of readiness and enhanced lethality, now and in the future.

Processes:  We must improve our processes in order for our people to meet future challenges.

  • We will drive efficiency, adopt and implement new ideas, and leverage leading practices from industry and academia to positively impact and support acquisition, manpower,
    research, and operational processes.

Our actions across these priorities will ensure mission success today and in the future.

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Posted by: arbeam | August 21, 2017

What my Dolphins mean me

Before a sailor is awarded his dolphins onboard BREMERTON, he writes a letter to the Commanding Officer about what his dolphins mean to him.  Before I make the final mark in their dolphin qual card, I sit down with each to discuss the letter they wrote.

I believe CDR Bringham instituted this final phase early in his command tour and it’s been around since. Some sailors spend days drafting these letters and some only minutes.  I wanted to share with you and, if you may, the BREMERTON Navy League one of these letters that I found particularly thoughtful from MM2 (SS) Moore who qualified earlier this week.

I asked him for permission to post his letter and he was happy for me to share it.

VR

Travis Zettel
CDR, USN
Commanding Officer
USS BREMERTON (SSN-698)

03 Aug 17

FROM: MM2/SU RYAN A. MOORE, USN

TO: COMMANDING OFFICER, USS BREMERTON (SSN698)
SUBJ: SUBMARINE WARFARE QUALIFICATION

SIR,

LIKE MANY BEFORE HIM, ANOTHER SAILOR HAS PROVEN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A SUBMARINER. TO BE A SUBMARINER, ONE MUST ALWAYS BE ON THE ALERT, KEEPING HIS SHIP AND SHIPMATES SAFE. HE IS THE RAPID RESPONSE, THE FIRE PARTY, AND THE RE-FLASH WATCH. EVERY SUBMARINER MUST LEARN HIS JOB AND THAT OF HIS FELLOW SHIPMATES. IT IS VITAL THAT ONE TREATS THIS TRUST, BESTOWED ON HIM BY HIS PEERS AND THE IMMENSE RESPONSIBILITY INVOLVED, WITH THE UTMOST RESPECT, HUMILITY, AND DIGNITY.

NOW, THE SUBMARINE WARFARE PIN MAY REPRESENT THE PROFICIENCY OF A SAILOR IN DC AND SHIP COMPREHENSION, BUT IT WILL ALSO STAND TESTAMENT, TO ALL I SHALL MEET, THAT THIS SUBMARINER WAS FORGED FOR A PURPOSE. REMEMBERING WHERE WE COME FROM, I WILL DEDICATE MY TIME TO THE FUTURE OF THE NAVY, PASSING DOWN LESSONS LEARNED AND TUTORING NEW ARRIVALS. I WILL STRIVE TO REACH OUT AND HELP MY BROTHERS, SO THAT WE, AS A TEAM, CAN MAKE A BETTER NAVY AND A BETTER BREMERTON.

V/R
MM2/SU RYAN A. MOORE, USN

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Posted by: arbeam | August 20, 2017

Our Scheduled September Speaker Just sailed out to sea!

More information to follow!

The September luncheon speaker is Captain Gregory Huffman, Commanding Officer of the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74).

Capt. Greg Huffman is a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He completed multiple deployments aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS George Washington (CVN-73), and flew combat missions over Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Capt. Huffman was named the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic F/A-18 Pilot of the Year for 1996 and won the Mike Longardt Leadership Award in 2001. Shore duty flying assignments include the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, developmental Test Pilot for F/A-18 electronic warfare systems and initial testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in China Lake, Calif., and Executive Officer and Instructor Pilot with the VFA-122 ‘Flying Eagles’ in Lemoore, Calif.

Additional shore duty assignments include Military Aide to the President of the United States at the White House, Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic and Head Aviation Lt. Cmdr. and Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.

Following nuclear power training Capt. Huffman served as the final operational Executive Officer of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), completing her 25th and final deployment in 2012. He then commanded USS Green Bay (LPD-20) homeported in San Diego, Calif. from June 2013 until August 2014.

Capt. Huffman has logged over 2,800 flight hours in 24 different aircraft types and accumulated over 700 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat V), and numerous unit citations.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Sept 5.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

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Posted by: arbeam | August 16, 2017

Oct 7: Commissioning of the USS Washington (SSN-787)

President’s Corner: I want to thank RDML Mike Sharp, CAPT Kathy DiMaggio and the entire commissioning committee for all their hard work. After 4 years of planning commissioning preparations for the USS Washington (SSN-787), we are in the homestretch. The USS Washington will be commissioned on Saturday 7 October at 8 AM PDT on Pier 12 Norfolk Naval Station VA.

The invitations will be mailed out this week.  This is a two-step process: the invitation will ask for how many tickets you desire and your mailing address. If you signed up to attend and have not received an invitation by the end of the month please contact me at bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com

Due to the date delay we were not able to establish a headquarters hotel with a room block. There are three recommended hotels in downtown Norfolk, all within walking distance from each other. There are many events happening during this period and rooms are going fast. Make your room reservations now!

Hilton Norfolk The Main  100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Norfolk Waterside Marriott  235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

We have arranged bus transportation to the various ceremonies to leave from each of these hotels.

Other Norfolk Area Hotels

Hampton Inn Norfolk (Naval Base)
8501 Hampton Blvd.
757-489-1000

Wyndham Garden Norfolk (Downtown)
700 Monticello Avenue
757-627-5555

Residence Inn by Marriott (Downtown)
227 West Brambleton Avenue
757-842-6216

Courtyard by Marriott (Downtown)
520 Plume Street
757-963-6000

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Posted by: arbeam | July 25, 2017

PCU Washington Captain’s Log: July 20, 2017

PCU Washington recently pulled into our future homeport of Norfolk just prior to the fourth of July for the first time after completing post-delivery acoustic trials at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC). We are currently in Port Canaveral, FL loading exercise weapons and conducting the inport phase of our Weapons System Accuracy Testing (WSAT). The second phase of this testing will occur in the near future, again at the AUTEC range with WSH launching 6 exercise torpedos at both surfaced and submerged targets. Future events include our first Operational Reactor Safeguards exam in September, followed by our Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station on October 7th.

Crew energy has been high during our newfound time at sea. Being underway has allowed over 20 of our sailors to finish their final qualifications and earn their enlisted dolphins since the ship was delivered in May. The upcoming range time and our first ever employment of exercise weapons also makes this an exciting time to be onboard Washington.

Gabriel B Cavazos Commanding Officer

NAVY LEAGUE CELEBRATES USCG BIRTHDAY AT AUGUST 8 LUNCHEON

The Coast Guard is celebrating its 227th year on August 4th. One of America’s five armed forces, it traces its founding to August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 “Cutters” (small boats) to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress. The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws. The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support U.S. national security interests.

Our Guest Speaker is Rear Admiral David G. Throop Commander Coast Guard District 13. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council always dedicates our August luncheon to celebrate the Coast Guard birthday. Our luncheon on 8 August will include recognizing outstanding Coast Guard men and women from  Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor, one of our three Coast Guard adopted units—Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles; Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor; and Station Seattle.

Rear Admiral David G. Throop serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. The Thirteenth District spans over the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.

Rdml Throop earning his naval aviator wings in 1988, his operational aviation assignments include tours as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan. His other assignments include Commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Executive Assistant to the Commandant, Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant, Chief of officer personnel at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, a policy analyst for the Office of Plans, Policy and Evaluation at Coast Guard Headquarters; platform manager for the C130J aircraft during initial acquisition and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCG  Vigilant (WMEC-617) in New Bedford, Massachusetts

A native of Burton, Michigan, RDML Throop graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Aug 1.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

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Posted by: arbeam | July 24, 2017

Aug 4-6: Seafair Weekend Festival

A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1950, Seafair Weekend is the culmination of the Seafair Festival. Dubbed by some as an unofficial Seattle holiday, this is the most anticipated event of summer. Seafair Weekend offers a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes and action. With boat racing on the water, aerobatic performers in the sky, live music and delicious food on land, the best place to experience Seafair Weekend is at Genesee Park on Lake Washington!

Title: Boeing Seafair Air Show
Date: Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: Fri/Sat 8:30 A.M.- 6 P.M., Sun 7:30 A.M.- 6 P.M.
Location: Genesee Park/ Lake Washington 4316 S Genesee St
Schedule

Description: One of the most impressive air shows in the country, the Boeing Seafair Air Show returns in 2017 with more exciting acts and daring aerial maneuvers than ever before!

Title: Jet Blast Bash
Date: Saturday August 5 & Sunday, August 6
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Museum opens at 9:00 AM!
Location: Seattle Museum of Flight

Description: Celebrate Seafair and the Blue Angels at the 3rd annual Jet Blast Bash! The Museum becomes the backstage of the Seafair Airshow for this two-day event, offering Seattle’s closest views of the Blue Angels’ dramatic takeoffs and landings.

Take in the runway action while enjoying outdoor family activities, classic car and plane displays, Blue Angels history talks and live music. Your favorite foods and festive refreshments are available all day, while kids can leap with a trampoline courtesy of Springfree. Then there are the airplanes–two rare World War II warbirds are flying-in for their first appearance at the Bash—a Lockheed P-38 Lightning and a Consolidated PBY Catalina! And by popular demand, SR-71 spyplane pilot and author Brian Shul returns with his heroic survival story in a special presentation and meet ‘n’ greet.

All activities included with Museum admission.

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