Our February Luncheon speaker is CDR Scott Smith, Commanding Officer Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Squadron One.

UUVRON-1 was established on September 26, 2017 as unit of Commander Submarine Development Squadron Five.  It is a first-of-its-kind command.  Per the undersea enterprise plan, UUVRON-1 is to integrate and employ UUVs into the submarine force in order to sustain an advantage in the undersea domain in direct support of the naval warfare.  Standing up UUVRON-1 shows the Navy’s commitment to the future of unmanned systems. The Squadron operates out of BARB HALL (USS BARB SS-220), dedicated in January 2107, and located on Naval Base Kitsap, Keyport, WA.

Ninety 93 days after the command was established it deployed a detachment to search for the missing Argentine submarine ARA San Juan (SS-42).

Cdr Scott Smith grew up in Hartford, South Dakota. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1992, and earned a commission through the Seaman to Admiral Program in 2002. Following enlisted nuclear power training, he was assigned to USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) (G) where he completed nine strategic deterrent patrols. After commissioning, he was assigned to USS MARYLAND (SSBN 738) (B) where he completed five strategic deterrent patrols. His next submarine assignment was as Navigator and Operations Officer on USS JIMMY CARTER (SSN 23). He recently completed his Executive Officer tour onboard USS MONTPELIER (SSN 765).

Cdr Scott’s shore tours include duty as the Special Operations Officer for US Strategic Command and Special Operations Officer for Commander Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet. He earned a Bachelor of Science for Computer Science from North Florida University and a Masters of Business and Administration degree from Grantham University. CDR Smith’s personal awards include the Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

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

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council CFC# 19117, CFD #1481953. 





Posted by: arbeam | January 27, 2018

Navy Special Ops training in the Pacific Northwest EIS

Naval Special Operations Environmental Assessment

This provides public access to information about the Environmental Assessment for Naval Special Operations Training in Western Washington State.  The U.S. Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC) proposes to conduct small-unit land and cold-water maritime training activities for naval special operations personnel.  The proposed training would occur on selected nearshore lands and inland waters of Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, as well as the southwestern Washington coast. The intent of the proposed training is to build trainees’ skills, experience, and confidence by challenging them in a location with dynamic weather, land, and cold water conditions. As part of the rigorous training, the trainees learn skills needed to avoid detection along with the goal of leaving no trace of their presence during or after training activities.

The Navy has conducted training in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, including naval special operations training for the past 30 years.  Puget Sound, including Hood Canal, and the southwestern Washington coast, offer unique conditions and varied coastal conditions which create opportunities for realistic and challenging special operations training in a safe, sheltered, cold-water environment.

NSWC has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment that can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Paper copies of the document are available at the following public libraries: Anacortes Public Library, Bainbridge Public Library, Gig Harbor Library, Kitsap Regional Library – Poulsbo, Oak Harbor Public Library, Port Townsend Public Library, Sequim Branch Library, Tacoma Public Library – Main Branch, Timberland Regional Library – Ilwaco, and Timberland Regional Library – Westport. NSWC is accepting comments during a 30-day public comment period from January 22, 2018 to February 21, 2018. All comments submitted during the 30-day comment period will become part of the public record and comments will be addressed in the final Environmental Assessment. There are three ways to submit comments: at one of the three public meetings listed below, by e-mail to nwnepa@navy.mil, or by mail to:

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest
Attention: Project Manager, EV21.AW
1101 Tautog Circle, Suite 203
Silverdale, WA 98315-1101

Three open house meetings will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Poulsbo, WA
North Kitsap High School Commons
1780 NE Hostmark Street

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Port Townsend, WA

Blue Heron School Commons
3939 San Juan Avenue

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Oak Harbor, WA

Oak Harbor School District ASC Board Room
350 S. Oak Harbor Street

Click here for the Draft EA


Posted by: arbeam | January 16, 2018

President’s corner Jan 2018

As I write this, I am just back from a fabulous trip to San Diego, that was organized by our tours director, Byron Fabor.  What a way to start the new year.  We started off with a tour of San Diego bay which gave us a good situational awareness of the Naval facilities that we would be visiting.  We next had lunch onboard the USS Midway (CV-41) and toured her in the afternoon.  For me it was a special treat, as I was deployed on her for two years when she was based in Japan.  On Thursday after we toured the Naval Air Station, North Island and we traveled down the Strand to the SEAL training base to be briefed on SEAL recruit training.  Friday started off with a tour of 32nd Street, where a large percentage of the US Pacific fleet is based.  Our tour guide, Capt Love, the base CO, personally guided us around the facility that he commands.  Our trip concluded with a visit to MCAS Miramar where we visited a V-22 Osprey squadron, and were able to get up close and personal with one of these birds.  And, as an added bonus, the weather there was perfect!!

Again, thanks Byron, for a great job in putting this trip together.

Posted by: arbeam | December 30, 2017

Jan 26: Bremerton Navy League Installation Dinner

We are going to continue a tradition of celebrating our successes of the year and the installation of new Officers and Board of Directors at an Installation Dinner. We will hold this dinner Friday January 26 2018 at the Silverdale Beach Hotel. There will be a social hour at 5 PM with Dinner starting at 6 PM. Our Guest Speaker will be Capt Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap. The dinner will be both Roast Beef and Salmon Filet. The cost will be $45/person. Please sign up before Jan 12 by contacting bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com or calling 360-377-5699.

Posted by: arbeam | December 29, 2017

Meet the New ComSubGroup 9 Rdml Blake Converse

Rear Adm. Blake Converse is a native of Pennsylvania and graduated from Penn State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds Master of Science degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Applied Physics from the Navy Post Graduate School.

His career as a nuclear submarine warfare officer includes assignments aboard USS Lapon (SSN 661) and USS Olympia (SSN 717) as the engineer officer, and USS Minneapolis-St.-Paul (SSN 708) as the executive officer. Command assignments include commanding officer of USS Louisiana (SSBN 743) from February 2006 to February 2009 and commodore of Submarine Squadron 6 from October 2012 to August 2014.

Ashore, he served as the radiological controls officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Submarine Force; as a special assistant to the commander, U.S. Joint Forces Command; as the prospective commanding officer course instructor at Naval Reactors headquarters; as chief of staff to the commander of the U.S. Submarine Force; and as the director, Joint and Fleet Operations (N3) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

Converse relived as as Commander Submarine Group 9 onDecember 15 2017

His personal decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and various unit awards. In 2008, he was awarded the Rear Adm. Jack N. Darby award for Inspirational Leadership and Excellence of Command.

Posted by: arbeam | December 28, 2017

Dec 18: Tour of USCG Station Marathon Florida

USCG Station Marathon Florida

On Monday December 18, two of our Council’s members were in the Florida Keys at the town of Marathon.  We called to ask if we could visit and have a tour, and were delighted  that they welcomed us. The station there has a mission of search and rescue mainly, as well as ensuring compliance with safe boating practices.  Although they do not have a helicopter based there, they do have at least monthly practice exercises with the Navy helicopters from Key West.






The base is commanded by an E9 and has about 30 personnel assigned. Our guide was primarily a mechanic but also was the main first aid teacher and medical support, MK3 David Wiegman. It was interesting that one of the fellows had been stationed at Bangor on a blocking boat that accompanied the subs.  This was when CDR Tom Sullivan was the CO. As we walked around the base, we came across several large iguanas.

We also saw some very nice looking housing units that any of us can arrange to rent, right on the canal where they tie up the boats.  Several of their boats were made in Bremerton at SAFE boats.  These are their favorites.

By the way, the amount of destruction from the hurricane on September 10 is astounding.  Many houses, businesses, trees, roads, parks and beaches were either destroyed or severely damaged.  There were debris piles of household goods, appliances, trees and chunks of concrete along the roads that went for many blocks.  These are slowly being cleared, but immediately after the storm the debris piles were 3 or 4 stories tall. Most are down to 5-10 ft tall now. The people are resilient and working hard to restore normalcy (and want everyone to know that the Keys are open for business) but it will be over a year getting squared away again. – Byron







Posted by: arbeam | December 25, 2017

Santa Sightings


The Department of the Navy issued orders today to ADM S. Clause, recalling him to active duty, with a report date of 24 Dec 16.

A reservist, with 1,742 years of service, this Naval Aviator specializes in vertical delivery of high-value items. He is flight deck and carrier qualified. He is also a Public Affairs Specialist.

Also recalled, were LCDR Dasher, Master Chief Dancer, Senior Chief Prancer, LT Vixen, CDR Comet, Chaplain (LCDR) Cupid, PO1 Donner, and PO1 Blitzen, an Individual Augmentee from the Naval Reserve. Ensign Rudolph is also authorized to report for duty; however, he must first successfully complete Carrier Qual training, which he has failed three times.

Although the above troops are on orders for only 24 hours, it is anticipated that they will submit a travel claim for 24,901 miles at .56/mile, using a POV. Suitable Government transportation is not available.

As a special operations unit, each member is granted a high level of uniform flexibility, as well as relaxed grooming standards. Per diem has been modified to include large quantities of hot cocoa and cookies.

Go Navy!

…and Mega Merry Christmas!

P.S. – Let’s ALL remember the men and women of our Armed Forces, as they serve in far away lands during this Christmas Season.



Posted by: arbeam | December 20, 2017

Jan 9: Luncheon Speaker Steven Westover

The January Luncheon Speaker is Steven Westover Bremerton Navy League President for 2018.

Steve Westover was born and raised in Bremerton, graduated from East Bremerton High School, went on to graduate from the University of Washington in Aeronautical Engineering and earn a commission as an Ensign through the NROTC program in 1971.  His first set of orders were to flight school in Pensacola, FL where while earning his Wings of Gold, he completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Systems from the University of West Florida.  Steve completed tours as an instructor pilot with VT-4 in Pensacola followed by a tour in VAQ-33 based in Norfolk, VA flying the EA-4F Skyhawk.  After this tour, Steve was ordered to NAS Whidbey Island where he transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler aircraft.  He was recognized as the Replacement Pilot of the Year in 1980.

He completed squadron tours with VAQ-138, 137, 129, 140 and commanded VAQ-136 based in Atsugi, Japan.  He has deployed aboard the aircraft carriers USS Ranger, USS Kennedy, and the USS Midway.  Following his flying tours, Steve attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and then completed a three year assignment with the Defense Information Systems Agency.  A Pentagon tour followed with the Navy’s Test and Evaluation Directorate where he retired in 1996 as a Captain.

After his Navy retirement, Steve worked as a civilian providing support for the EA-6B program Office.  In 1999, Steve changed careers and was hired by FedEx as a pilot.  He flew the B-727 as a Flight Engineer and the MD-11as a First Officer and a Captain, before retiring in 2014.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Registration: Please call Realty Station  at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration.
Please call before Jan 2.

  • 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.

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council CFC# 19117, CFD #1481953. 





Posted by: arbeam | December 17, 2017

Presidents Corner Jan 2018

It is a great honor for me to begin serving as the President of the Bremerton Olympic Council of the Navy League. I would like to thank the council membership for their vote of affirmation for me and the other council officers. As a relative “newbe” within the Navy League organization, I look forward to getting to better know our members and forging new relationships with our community.

I would like to thank Alan Beam for making this transition so smooth and for all of the hard work that he has put in as President. He has led this council with distinction. Alan will continue on as the Communications Director for our award winning website.

Volunteers are the life blood of our council, and I encourage everyone to get involved. There are exciting new projects on the horizon for the council to step forward and lead. The USS Bremerton will be decommissioning in the near future. As one of our adopted units, we will look to ways to memorialize her service to the nation.

Our Jan tour will be to San Diego to visit Naval and Marine Corps installations at NAS North Island and MCAS Miramar and a tour of my old home for two years, the USS Midway. At the end of the month, on Jan 26, we will hold our installation dinner for the new officers and board members. Capt. Alan Schrader, CO of NAVBASE Kitsap will be the guest speaker.



Posted by: arbeam | December 11, 2017

Welcome USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) to the Pacific Northwest

PUGET SOUND, Wash. (Dec. 11, 2017) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Jacksonville (SSN 699) transits Puget Sound on its way to Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence its inactivation process. Jacksonville departed their homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for the last time, Dec. 4, 2017 to make their way to Bremerton, Wash. (U.S. Navy photo by Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Taylor Ford/Released)

Please join us in welcoming The USS Jacksonvile (SSN-699) to the Pacific Nothwest. The Bremerton Navy League is hosting an arrival Reception at NBK Bremerton’s Sam Adams Culb tomorrow Dec 12 at 3PM.

USS Jacksonville (SSN-699) arrived at NBK Bremerton today completing the final voyage of her 36 year career. Commissioned May 16, 1981, Jacksonville is named after the largest and most populous city in Florida, and is the first ship to bear the name. The Jacksonville’s crest features a modiIed version of the city’s seal with Andrew Jackson on a horse in front of the rising sun, with a submarine and the hull number SSN 699 below. The submarine’s nickname, “The Bold One,” is a play off the city’s longtime slogan of “The Bold New City of the South.” Under the command of Cmdr. Steven Faulk, Jacksonville will begin preparations for Decommissioning in 2018.

Initially homeported in Norfolk VA, Jacksonville conducted 2 around the world deployments to the Indian Ocean, 3 Mediterranean Deployments, 2 Northern Atlantic Deployments and 1 South Atlantic Deployment. In April 2009 Jacksonville changed homeport to Pearl Harbor. While in the Pacific Fleet Jacksonville conducted 2 deployments to the Western Pacific  and 2 Indian Ocean Deployments.



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