Posted by: arbeam | June 24, 2018

DOD IG Report on Ohio Class Submarine Sustainment

USS Nebraska Undocking

(U) Evaluation of Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine (SSBN) Sustainment
DODIG-2018-127 / Published June 15, 2018


Our objective was to determine whether the Navy can sustain the current Ohio-class Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarines (SSBNs) until the replacement Columbia-class SSBNs are fielded.


The United States maintains a nuclear triad consisting of manned bombers, land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, and ballistic missile submarines capable of delivering nuclear weapons. Our review focused on Ohio-class SSBN sustainment.

The Navy decided in 1998 to extend the original 30-year service life of the Ohio-class to 42 years. The first Ohio-class SSBN is scheduled to be retired in 2027; the remaining 13 are scheduled to be retired one per year until 2040.

According to the Navy submarine program office, the first Columbia-class SSBN is expected to enter service in 2031. An additional 11 Columbia-class SSBNs are scheduled to be delivered approximately one per year until the last two join the fleet by 2042.

Each Ohio-class SSBN undergoes three types of maintenance cycles during its service life:

Incremental Refit. This 35-day maintenance period consists of scheduled repairs, maintenance, and inspections, as well as unscheduled repairs and minor modernization tasks such as sonar, torpedo fire control, and navigation systems.
Extended Refit Period. This 7- to 8-month maintenance period replaces and refurbishes the major components of the hull and internal systems.
Engineered Refueling Overhaul (ERO). This 27-month overhaul occurs around the 20 –year point for the Ohio-class SSBN and includes extensive inspections, structural repairs, and a nuclear reactor refueling to extend the submarines service life.


The Navy has taken action to sustain the Ohio-class SSBNs at the minimum USSTRATCOM requirements until the replacement Columbia-class SSBNs are fielded.

In order to maintain USSTRATCOM requirements, the Secretary of the Navy designated sustainment of the Ohio-class SSBNs as the Navy’s highest priority. Accordingly, the Navy has taken several steps to improve sustainment, which include the following.

  • The Navy has placed SSBNs ahead of aircraft carriers in maintenance priority.
    o This shift has reduced the time required for SSBN EROs. For example, the USS Maine completed the first of two ERO phases with a 43-percent reduction in cycle-time in comparison to the last SSBN that completed an ERO.
  • Shipyards have direct hiring authority to address maintenance manpower shortages.
    o The workforce size at shipyards now matches the workload. For example, in the     past 4 years, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard alone hired more than 6,700 employees.
  • The Navy has developed programs to accelerate and improve training of shipyards’ new hires.
  • Shipyards use apprenticeships to develop an experienced workforce. In a recent pilot program, the Navy reduced the journeyman training time to repair a particular valve from 24 months to 10 weeks using a task based learning method.
  • The Navy has improved SSBN maintenance procedures and schedules.
    • Replicas allow personnel to practice difficult tasks prior to performing the task aboard an SSBN.
    • Personnel deploy as needed to conduct inspections and prepare for Incremental Refit maintenance while the submarine is returning to port.
    • Personnel reduced overdue Preventive Maintenance Requirements due to unavailable parts from 37 to 12 instances over a one-year period.


Related Documents DODIG-2018-127.PDF




The Navy League of the United States presented its active duty leadership award at the National Convention in Portland OR. Photo by David C. Livingston.

The Captain Winifred Quick Collins Award for Inspirational Leadership

 Captain Winifred Quick Collins, former Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel, provided inspirational leadership and performed her demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner.  The example she set by her personal high ideals and devotion to the Navy and the nation is worthy of emulation.

In tribute to one who has followed such a course of leadership, the Navy League of the United States is honored to present this award in 2018 to:

Lieutenant Andrea L. Weiss, United States Navy

for outstanding achievement and superior performance of duty while serving as Assistant Weapons Officer, Reactor Control Assistant, and Assistant Operations Officer on USS OHIO (SSGN 726) from December 2016 to December 2017. As a primary Officer of the Deck and Contact Manager underway, her sound judgment and tactical proficiency were vital in the success of OHIOs last operational period. Her enthusiastic leadership spurred a cohesive watch team that prioritized bettering themselves each day.

As Reactor Control Assistant, she stepped into the role and rapidly revitalized a struggling division, ensuring first time quality on of all maintenance and flawless procedural compliance. As Assistant Weapons Officer, Special Operations Forces Officer and Strike Officer, she was the backbone of Weapons Department leadership onboard OHIO. Her coordination with three outside entities allowed the certification of the Divers Oxygen Treatment System for the first time ever on OHIO, greatly enhancing system capability in one of OHIO’s main mission areas.

LT Weiss’ charisma and unique mentorship of Sailors has markedly increased day-to-day morale and productivity. Her inspirational leadership transformed the crew’s perception of women in submarines and demonstrated the unending potential for the success of the transition program. Her candid conversations with Sailors about the upcoming integration of enlisted women has fostered a culture of open and thoughtful discussion and laid the foundation for an unprejudiced transition for enlisted women into USS OHIO.

LT Weiss’s extraordinary leadership, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflect great credit upon herself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy and the Navy League of the United States.

Presented this 8thday of June 2018 at the Navy League of the United States National Convention in Portland OR




Posted by: arbeam | June 21, 2018

Presidents Corner July 2018

Happy Fourth of July. We are half way through the year.

Where has the time gone!!

There was a great turnout for the Memorial Day observance onboard the USS Turner Joy. LtCol Tinson, Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Security Force Bangor, gave an inspiring address about the legacy of our past service members. We then laid a wreath in the water to commemorate those that have given their lives for our country.

We were honored to have Lt Gov Habib as our speaker for our June luncheon. He also represented the State of Washington at the Commissioning of the USS Washington last Oct. He spoke about the value military people and spouses bring to the state and about the value of education. His words were inspiring.

June was the Navy League National Convention in Portland. Larry Salter, Alan Beam and I attended on behalf of our Council. The Council was awarded a plaque, honoring us as a Meritorious Council, one of the top 10% of the Navy League councils. Although my name is on it, the real work and the person that deserves the accolades is Alan Beam. It was his leadership and the councils hard work that won the award.

Well done Alan.


Rear Adm. Scott Gray relieved Rear Adm. Gary Mayes as Commander, Navy Region Northwest at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton today. Mayes was selected for his next assignment as the Navy’s Director of Energy and Environmental Readiness in Washington D.C.

Rear Adm. Christopher “Scotty” Gray, is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.  He received his commission in June 1989 through the Aviation Officer Candidate Program. He was subsequently designated an E-2C Naval Flight Officer in June 199

At sea, Gray served in operational assignments with Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadrons (VAW) 126, 125, and 113 and as flag aide to Commander, 2nd Fleet/Striking Fleet Atlantic. He served as commanding officer of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW 124) before reporting as the operations officer aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) where he conducted back to back deployments to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Gray has logged more than 500 carrier-arrested landings and 2,800 flight hours in tactical aircraft.

His shore duty assignments include a tour with the Royal Australian Air Force as part of the Personnel Exchange Program, E-2C/ C-2A Aviation Training Systems Assistant Program Manager, military legislative assistant to the Chairman, House Appropriations Military Construction Subcommittee, legislative affairs officer to U.S. Central Command, plans director at Navy Warfare Development Command, commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, chief of staff, at. Navy Region Southeast, commanding officer, Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, executive assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment, and chief of staff for Navy Installations Command.

Gray’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit (four awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal with Combat “V,” Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (six awards).


Our President, Steve Westover, and other members of our Navy League Board of Directors present the Community Affiliate Plaque to Our Place Pub and Eatery in recognition of their support to our Council. Our Place Pub and Eatery is at 9322 Silverdale Way NW in Silverdale If you’ve not been there or havn’t been there lately, you should give it a try and thank them for their support to Navy League. All of our Community Affiliates are listed on the front page of every newsletter.

Posted by: arbeam | June 3, 2018

President’s Corner June 2018

Hope this change in the weather is finding you well. The good news is that the days are getting longer and we are getting warmer weather. The bad news is its allergy season, with all the eyes watering and noses running

Armed Forces Weekend was an unqualified success. The week started on Thursday with a senior enlisted salmon barbeque at the Kiana Lodge. It is an opportunity for your Navy League to say “Thank You” to the hard working senior enlisted, the backbone of the Sea Services. On Saturday, was the Armed Forces Day parade followed by the Gala. Many thanks to RADM Mayes for being the Gala guest speaker. Thanks also to Congressman Kilmer for to joining us and speaking. There were several comments that the food was excellent; some of the best they have ever had at the Admiral Theater. None of this would have been possible without the hard work of our Armed Forces week Chairman, Larry Salter and committee members Alan Beam, Tim Katona and Helen Miller.

We held a welcome home reception for the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) and her crew at the beginning of May. The USS Bremerton has arrived at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for inactivation and decommissioning. Past Council President Alan Beam and former Bremerton city mayor Patty Lent are chairing a committee to permanently honor the boat as she is recycled.

The June luncheon should not to be missed. Lt Gov Habib will be our speaker. He represented the State of Washington at the commissioning of the USS Washington (SSN-787) last fall.


Posted by: arbeam | June 3, 2018

June 12: Luncheon Speaker Lt Governor Cyrus Habib

For May we have a special treat. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib is our guest speaker. If you have not heard Lt Gov Habib speak you are in for a treat. You may remember that Lt Gov Habib spoke at the USS Washington Commissioning. Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib was elected in 2016, becoming the state’s first Chief Opportunity Officer. In this capacity, Habib works daily for all Washingtonians, striving to expand access to opportunity and create a more prosperous Washington for all.

The position of Lieutenant Governor is unlike any other in Washington state government because its duties fall both within the Executive and Legislative branches. The Lieutenant Governor becomes the Acting Governor whenever the Governor leaves the state or is otherwise unable to serve. Lt. Gov. Habib also presides over the State Senate.

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 Jun 5.
  • 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.


Posted by: arbeam | May 17, 2018

May 17: Senior Enlisted Dinner at Kiana Lodge

As part of the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival each year the Bremerton Navy League hosts a Salmon Dinner for Senior enlisted personnel st Kiana Lodge. This year’s dinner was on May 17 and was attended by about 125 people. It is our chance to recognized the true deckplate leaders of the naval services and thank them for their dedication and hard work.



What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services throughout the state including teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap(NBK), Naval Base Everett(NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island(NASWI), Naval Hospital Bremerton(NHB), USS Chester Nimitz,  USS Maine, Washington State National Guard, and Olympic College Veterans.

The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Lamb, Gala Apple, Quinoa, and Golden Beets). This year’s winner was the Olympic College Veterans.



One of the advantages to the Crews that enter is the feedback given by the professional chef judges on the aspects go the meal and it’s presentation. ” One of the functions of the Garnish is to counter something in the dish, not just decoration on the plate” (Chef Christopher Plemmons, Director of Culinary Arts at Olympic College.


Awards were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category, as well as medal presented for the first place winner in each class. Judges graded on a one to ten scale. Each dish was presented and then judged on general appearance; presentation and creativity; display of skill; most originality; and taste and texture.

Chili- 1. USS Maine, 2. USS Nimitz, 3. NASWI
Ribs- 1. Nimitz Team 8, 2. NASWI Team 11, 3. NHB Team 2
Wings – 1. NASWI 2. NBK team 9 3. NBK Team 1
Cake Chocolate – 1. NASWI  2. NBK 3. JBLM Army Team 1
Cake Vanilla – 1. USS Nimitz, 2. NBK, 3. JBLM Army
Hor D’oeuvers – 1. NASWI, 2. JBLM Army Team 2,  3. JBLM Air Force Team4
Dessert 1. JBLM team3 2. JBLM Team 4, 3. USS Nimitz
Garnish – NASWI Team 4, 2. NASWI Team 5, 3. JBLM Team 1
Battling Chefs -1. Olympic College Veterans 2. NBK Team 5,  3. JBLM

Overall – Best in Show NAS Whidbey Island.

Best in show and then some…Navy Culinary Specialists representing Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were awarded the overall ‘Best in  Show’ category for their inclusive showing at the 2018 Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition held May 5, 2018 at Bremerton’s Olympic College, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day Parade (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs).






Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Apr 29: Tour of the USS Bremerton

What a privilege & honor it is to be a member of Navy League!!  The amazing experiences we get to share!  We deeply appreciate the association we’ve had with the SUPERIOR officers & crew of the Bad Fish over the years.

Our last trip down the metal ladder into the USS Bremerton was both rejoicing & heartbreaking.  Our hands touched the spots on the ladder where hundreds of young hands had also touched.

We had an outstanding tour from LCDR Greg Crosby, but it seemed a lot to ask of him at such a significant time.  It is probably one of his last guided tours of this boat.  His professional ability was so evident as he told us the workings of the control room, torpedo room, machinery spaces, berthing areas, crew’s mess, wardroom, etc.  It was as if we were new recruits, seeing it all for the first time.  What a natural born leader Greg Crosby is.  We’d have followed him, just from his competence & confidence alone.

We all felt the sadness of the Bremerton’s service life drawing to an end.   As we stood in the main control room, we looked around at the diving plane controls, knowing she would never dive again, at the periscope, knowing that she’d never spot another vessel again, at the sonar that would forever be quiet, at the maps, knowing that she’d never chart a new course and travel the world again.

We’ve had the distinct pleasure of going on sub tours before, but this was more of a “goodbye tour”.

I have never had the honor of serving on a sub before, but we can all speak of bereavement, like when you hold your parent’s hand the last time or put down a favorite pet.

As we turned away for the last time, we looked back at the spots of rust on her conning tower & the seaweed on her hull & imagined that beautiful black primered body of a MAGNIFICENT & powerful warship as if she were new.

The Bremerton will always be a beloved memory and have a special place  in thousands of people’s minds & hearts.  Whether you were lucky enough to serve upon her or were family or friends with someone aboard, the hard work of her crews through the many years of service will always make us proud.   Proud to have been a part of her life & proud to be an American.  – Pat Faber



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