Posted by: arbeam | October 24, 2017

Oct 19: USS Stennis Tour

Twenty folks assembled 19 October for a tour of the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).  We did our normal carpool from the Safeway lot to the pier.  As usual, Byron Faber had it arranged perfectly.

Stennis, a Nimitz-class supercarrier, is full of impressive numbers:
1,092 feet in length
103,000 tons
260,000 Shaft HP from two reactors and four steam turbines
3,200 crew with an air wing of an additional 2,400 when embarked
A flight deck of about 4.5 acres
About sixty-five aircraft

The ship is named for Sen. John C. Stennis of Mississippi who chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, and was a strong friend of the military.  We saw an incredible little compartment dedicated to his memory, full of paintings, plaques and other items reflective of his service.

We boarded via the enlisted brow and were met by LCDR Martin, the PAO.  He and his team gave us the important warnings regarding ladders, knee-knockers and all the hazards of a ship in the yards.  There were pipes, wires and conduit everywhere and I felt that we were lucky to be invited with so much work in progress.

After attempting to grasp the immensity of the hangar bays, we went directly to the O-2 level and the fo’c’sle.  We were greeted there by BM2 Brian Miranda-Perez who gave us a remarkable overview of the anchors, windlasses, capstans, brakes and chain, along with the many techniques and hazards of handling them.  He also gave us a nice description of all the ceremonies that occur, and have occurred (including baptisms!) in this special space.

We got a good look at the navigation bridge, flight deck, “dirty shirt” wardroom, Admiral’s Country and a plethora of the equipment needed to conduct flight ops for extended periods.  They were exercising the jet blast deflectors (JBds) on the waist catapults.  We returned to the hangar deck, said good-bye to our hosts and exited via the quarterdeck and officers’ brow.  I didn’t hear of one knee being knocked or a head bumped.  We didn’t quite look like General Quarters on the ladders but we were safe in navigating them.

I’m always amazed at how a carrier is in port differs from one at sea, while conducting flight ops with 40-plus aircraft engines turning.  The O-3 level (the one with all the knee-knockers) was quiet compared to while underway with so much activity occurring a foot above one’s ears.

Our hosts did a very good job showing us their ship.  I’d never been aboard Stennis and came away with tremendous appreciation for her complexity and mission.  I’m glad she’s homeported here.

Godspeed, USS Stennis and her devoted crew who operate in one of the most dangerous environments anywhere on the planet.  I’m always dazzled that the average age is about twenty-three, a testament to their level of training. – Patrick Noonan

Posted by: arbeam | October 24, 2017

President’s Corner: Nov 2017

Thank you for  making the USS Washington Commissioning a huge success. It was a four year effort that is finally completed. The ship went immediately from the commissioning back into the shipyard for a 6 month Post Shakedown Availability. They are still working to get assigned to the Pacific Fleet. This could come as early as after their first deployment. In the mean time they still are one of our adopted units and we will continue to support them in their endeavors.


The Navy Birthday Ball was Oct 20 and we had a table there. Everyone had a great time. The Marine Corps Birthday Balls will be held at Kiana Lodge on 2 Fridays 3 and 10 November. They are a real experience that you don’t want to miss. Time is running out for tickets. Please Contact Bob Lamb ASAP if you want to attend. (Email:, Phone: (360) 710-2328).

The next event on our schedule is the Kitsap County Veterans Day Ceremony on Satuday Nov 11 from 9:00 – 1:00PM at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion Kitsap County Fairgrounds. We anticipate a full event so come early to get a good parking space. The Ceremony starts at 10:20.

This year military retirees are eligible to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign. There is an easy way to donate to charity and have it deducted from your retirement check. You need to sign up at: and register as a donor.  From there, you can select the charity, amount, and frequency of your donation. Our Council’s CFC number is #19117.

Posted by: arbeam | October 23, 2017

Sept 7: NUWC Keyport Tour

SEPT 7, 2017 | KEYPORT TOUR: The Keyport Tour was arranged by Dr. Byron Faber for the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy Leaguers on September 7th, 2017. We met at the Undersea Museum parking lot under the surrealistic orange sun resulting from the numerous forest fires in Eastern Washington. The tour started at Keyport Headquarters where we were given a very informative command overview of NAVSEA by Capt. Doug LaCoste, Keyport USN Commanding Officer. He explained that there are ten warfare centers located across the United States, Japan and Guam, each location with a focused specialty. Keyport’s mission is on developing and applying advanced technical capabilities to test, evaluate and maintain undersea warfare systems. President Trump is the Commander in Chief of all military operations.

One focus of Keyport is the development of lightweight torpedoes used in aircraft and heavyweight torpedoes use for submarines. Gone are the days of Sea Hunt technology using depth charges. Today’s torpedoes are tracked with three dimensional imaging and acoustic sensors, and designed with target directed capabilities. All Naval undersea weapons and parts must be made domestically made for security reasons.

Special mention was made regarding the Navy’s partnership with Olympic College for career opportunities and advanced degree programs. The Navy also partners with Penn State, the University of Washington and Applied Physics Laboratory. Visit Olympic College and inquire about engineering programs associated with the US Navy.

We visited three shop locations at the Keyport Naval Facility that focus on research, development and testing. The first stop was at the Weapons Sonar Test Facility building which houses an enormous tank in which lightweight torpedoes are tested for sonar acoustic accuracy. The testing involves precise and specific torpedo maneuvers before being tested in the field.

The second stop was the Innovation Lab which is involved in maintenance operations and engineering such as robotics, 3D printing, rapid cast technology and laser cutting. One example of time saving technology involves the repair of helicopter roto blades. Roto blade repair is important because damaged blades emit of whopping pitch that can be heard from a distance, making a stealth helicopter detection-vulnerable. In the past, roto blade repair would require hand sanding but now laser sanding cuts time and labor costs.

Although, 3D printers cost about $500K, the technology can result in significant cost savings in the long run. A helicopter part that in the past had been a machined part, is now created using 3D technology. The machined part had a seam and when hit directly on the seam the part would split.  3D printing allows the part to be replicated without a seam which increases durability. To create a tangible form, the 3D compartment is heated to 358 degrees, the melting point of nylon. Then the printer can build a part or a tool, layer by layer at a rate of an inch per hour. The application for 3D printers is the ability to create parts and tools without sending them out to another warfare center which saves time and money.

The third stop was at the Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) Maintenance Center. The scope of this facility is to develop small, medium and large UUV’s to ‘put stuff instead of people in the undersea vehicle’ and designed to perform a wide array of tasks.

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League wants to extend their appreciation to Keyport for their outstanding tour reviewing torpedo maintenance, weapons and combat development. The tour also provided a view of Keyport and other NAVSEA Warfare centers showcasing the world class team of professionals that comprise the US Navy and civilian personnel. Also special thanks to Kristin Carver and Wendy Miles for their assistance to make our visit possible. For more info visit By Chris Stephens, BOPC Navy League.

Posted by: arbeam | October 23, 2017

Report from the USS Washington Commissioning

I had the opportunity to attend the Commissioning of the USS Washington in Norfolk Va this month.  The State was represented by Lt Governor Cyrus Habib, Representatives Derek Kilmer, and  Dan Newhouse, Secretary of State Kim Wyman and State Representative Drew MacEwen.

Lt Governor Habib who is blind, insisted on a tour of the submarine. So we gave him a Braille tour of the Washington for about an hour. His speech’s were particularly impressive, since he can not read prepared remarks and they were truly from the heart. We were honored to have him attend.

What struck me about the interior of the USS Washington was how cramped she was. It was packed to the bulkheads with equipment. I was stunned that I had much more space on the USS Bremerton! The big Virginia Class innovation is Modularity. The torpedo stows had been removed for the commissioning, leaving a space you could play handball in. It can be configured for Seals, extra berthing or the traditional missiles and torpedoes.

The Sonar operating space has been moved into the Control Room. The Officer of the Deck is literally surrounded by computer councils. Sonar, Fire Contol, Navigation and Ship Control. The Helmsmen, Planesman and Chief of the Watch have been replaced by a Pilot and Copilot who control the ship with a touch screen and joystick. The periscopes have been replaced with mast mounted cameras and ultra high definition video screens, which allows for multiple people to view the image rather than just the periscope operator.

Posted by: arbeam | October 17, 2017

Nov 14: Luncheon Speaker LtCol Karl Tinson

Marines Celebrate 242st Birthday

On November 14, members of the Marine Security Force Battalion Bangor 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.

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 Nov 7.

  • 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 CFC# 19117




Posted by: arbeam | October 15, 2017

USS Washington Commissioning Ceremony

Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2017

USS Washington (SSN-787) Commissioning on October 7, 2017

The USS Washington (SSN-787) was Commissioned on October 7, 2017 in Norfolk VA. You can view the entire ceremony here.

Commissioning Committee Chairman Radm Michael Sharp USN (Ret) presents the long glass to the Duty Officer on setting the first watch.

Thank you to the dedicated members of the Commissioning Committee who have worked for the last four years to ensure a successful ceremony:

RADM Mike Sharp, USN (Ret) Chairman         CAPT Kathy DiMaggio, USN (Ret) Director
CAPT Bob Aronson, USN (Ret)                       CAPT Alan Beam, USN (Ret)
CAPT Jerry Logan, USN (Ret)                        CAPT Larry Salter, USN (Ret)
Maryellen Baldwin                                        RADM Chuck Beers, USN (Ret)
Richard R. Brandon                                      RADM Herb Bridge, USNR (Ret)
LCDR Rich Chwaszczewski, USNR (Ret)          Jeff Davis
Brian Dimmagio                                           Marjorie James
Steve Keith                                                  Sharon Kultti
Lisa Phillips                                                  Roy Rasmussen
Tina Salter                                                   CAPT Steven Westover, USN (Ret)


Posted by: arbeam | October 14, 2017

Nominating Committee Announced

Each fall our council forms a Nominating Committee to recommend a slate of Officers for the coming year. This late is then voted on during our annual business meeting in December.

“Officers and Directors shall be elected by a majority of those members present and voting, by secret ballot unless there is but one candidate for an office, in which case election may be by voice vote. Elections will be held at the Annual Meeting. Installation of new Officers and Directors may follow the elections at the Annual Meeting, or be conducted at a subsequent meeting or event.”

The Nominating committee will consist of the following members:

Tim Katona Chairman
Byron Faber
Helen Miller
Carol Metney
Cynthia Martin

“Notice of membership of this Committee shall be announced sixty days in advance of the annual meeting and a report of the Committee shall be made to the membership at least thirty days prior to the annual meeting. The Nominating Committee shall select at least one nominee for each office and nominations may be made from the floor at the election meeting. No member of the Nominating Committee shall be eligible for nomination to any elective office.”


We have arranged to view the USS Washington Commissioning at McClouds on Saturday Oct 7 2017 at 8:00 AM. The event will be streamed live on Come and try the Blackfish Stout specially brewed for the commissioning by Scuttlebutt Brewery.

Scuttlebutt Brewing Company has brewed a Stout to honor the USS Washington, SSN 787 Commissioning. A beer as black as the depths in which it will operate, complex in structure and resolute in purpose, strong, proud and brave like those who will serve aboard her. The “Blackfish” or Killer Whale is the apex predator of the sea. It’s stealthy, silent until action is required, stalking its prey until an attack is unleashed. Nothing escapes its fury and it accomplishes its goals with brutal efficiency. When the Virginia Class, fast attack sub, SSN 787 was named USS Washington there was no doubt on what its role would be. To keep our nation safe by reigning as an apex predator, the most technologically advanced submarine ever built.”

The bulk of the 20 barrels has been shipped to Norfolk for the Commissioning. We have arranged for Blackfish Stout to served at MCClouds for the Commissioning viewing, and to have it available for sale at The NBK Bangor Package Store. 

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