EA-18 G Growler
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, pushed successfully today to advance an initiative that will improve pilot safety and ease training through automation, part of his ongoing efforts to address community concerns about jet noise out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). Larsen, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee, worked to include this language in the annual defense policy bill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Armed Services Committee is marking up the FY2017 bill today, April 27, 2016.

“I am committed to a long-term plan to respond to those in our community who are concerned about jet noise. In partnership with local officials, community members and the Navy, I am working to find ways to mitigate the effects of the noise on communities across the north Puget Sound region. One potential solution is to use technology to increase automation in carrier landings to safely ease the amount of training pilots need. My amendment does just that, and it maintains the momentum of using technology to improve pilot safety and training.

“I remain steadfast in my support for NASWI as a premier Navy asset while finding solutions to reduce the impact of noise on local communities. As part of last year’s defense policy bill, I successfully pushed for the Navy to move forward with technology to reduce engine noise, and testing is ongoing. I am also pursuing funding for an acoustic hangar to reduce noise impact on Lopez Island, and I have asked the Navy to conduct noise monitoring on the San Juans as part of an environmental impact study for the EA-18G Growler. As a result, the base made a change to flight operations to help lessen sound over sections of Lopez Island,” Larsen said.

Larsen’s language expresses the support of the committee for the MAGIC CARPET software package, which is in development, and requires the Navy to report on its progress to advance the software.

San Juan Islander article dated Apr 27, 2016

Posted by: arbeam | April 23, 2016

Carrier Strike Group 3 Conducts Change of Command


SINGAPORE (April 22, 2016) - Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock relieves Rear Adm. Ron Boxall as commander, Carrier Strike Group 3 during a change of command ceremony aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

SINGAPORE (April 22, 2016) – Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock relieves Rear Adm. Ron Boxall as commander, Carrier Strike Group 3 during a change of command ceremony aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74).

CHANGI, Singapore (NNS) — The Sailors of Carrier Strike Group 3 bid farewell to their leader during a change of command ceremony, April 22.

Rear Adm. Ron Boxall was relieved by Rear Adm. Marcus Hitchcock as commander, CSG3 during a ceremony on the flight deck of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) in front of distinguished visitors, guests and crew.

Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, commander, U.S. 3rd Fleet, the ceremony’s guest speaker and presiding officer, presented Boxall with the Legion of Merit.

“The highest levels of our uniformed and civilian leadership depend on this strike group to be ready to successfully accomplish any mission it is asked to,” said Tyson. “There should be no doubt that this strike group plays a critical role in our nation’s defense and in our collective regional security. During some very challenging times, we are extremely fortunate that this team has been led by Ron Boxall.” Read More…


Rear Admiral Hitchcock is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College, and Armed Forces Staff College.

Hitchcock flew the A-6 “Intruder” and F-14 “Tomcat”. His operational tours included Attack Squadron (VA) 155 as a division officer and Fighter Squadron (VF) 32 as a department head. He commanded “The Swordsmen” of VF-32, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and served as executive officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). As a naval aviator, he embarked in the USS Ranger (CV 62), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and participated in Operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard and Southern Watch. As ships company, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Shore assignments include instructor pilot at VA-128, Aide/Administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N8) on the OPNAV staff and as a member of the deployable training team at U.S. Joint Forces Command. Presently, he serves as director, Fleet/Joint Training (N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hitchcock’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards. He is most proud to have served with Battle “E” and “Golden Anchor” award winning teams in VF-32, LHA-5 and CVN-69; CNO Safety “S” award recipients from VF-32 and CVN-69; and the Battenberg Cup and “Jig Dog” Ramage award winning team in CVN-69.

Posted by: arbeam | April 16, 2016

Bremerton Navy League Tour Planning 2016

Turner Joy 052515May 23 – 10 AM – USS Turner Joy Vietnam era destroyer at the Bremerton waterfront  http://www.ussturnerjoy.org/  $10 fee


USCG Sector SeattleJune 24 – 10 AM – Seattle USCG ( tour of Sector Puget Sound, a cutter if one is available at that date, and lunch at the dining facility)


MFPU Tour HelenJuly 15 – The July tour of the USCG MFPU Bangor is set for 9 AM.  We’ll have a briefing at headquarters, then be bussed down to the boats for tours & a ride, followed by a no host lunch at the galley.

NAS Whidbey AircraftAugust – Whidbey Island Naval Air Station  Home of all Navy tactical electronic attack squadrons flying the EA-18G Growler, four P-3 Orion Maritime Patrol squadrons and two Fleet Reconnaissance squadrons flying the EP-3E Aries.

USS-John-C.-Stennis-Aircraft-CarrierSept – USS John C Stennis Freshly returned from a Western Pacific deployment.


nuwc_keyportOctober – Keyport Undersea Warfare Center provides Fleet readiness support for submarines, surface ships, torpedoes, mines, land attack systems, and Fleet training systems. Support services we provide includes inservice engineering, test and evaluation, and custom engineered solutions.

Safe Boats FloorNov – SAFE Boats International builds rapid response craft at their facility at the Bremerton Airport. SAFE Boats is a major supplier to the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) small boats fleet


ALSO in early August – We will have an opportunity for some Navy League members to do the TIGER cruise on the Stennis as it comes back from deployment.  There are 2 stages, from Pearl Harbor to San Diego and from San Diego to Bremerton, or perhaps you can combine both and go all the way from Pearl to Bremerton.  Let me tell you that this was one of the most exciting vacations I’ve ever had  The total is about 11 days & the cost is minimal.  We won’t know until May how many places are availabale, but if you want to go, clear your schedule for early August

Please let me know by email (byfaber@centurytel.net) if you want to attend any of these tours, and also invite other folks who respect the military.  My home number is 360-638-1235 and cell is 360-434-1144

The 10 May Luncheon Speaker is Capt David K. Weiss,  Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Bremerton.

CAPT Weiss NHBNaval Hospital Bremerton is a 25-Bed Military Community Hospital that services over 62,000 MHS beneficiaries. On any given day, there are over 1400 medical and dental outpatient visits, 2,100 prescriptions filled, 80 Urgent Care Clinic visits, eight surgical cases, and two babies delivered. NHB and the clinic staff consist of more than 1,400 dedicated military, civilian, contractor and American Red Cross volunteer personnel. NHB is the parent command for three Branch Health Clinics at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, NBK Bangor and Naval Station Everett.

CAPT Weiss reports to Naval Hospital Bremerton after serving as Command Surgeon, United States Africa Command. Weiss’s operational assignments include duty with Naval Aviation, Surface Communities and the Marine Corps. He commanded USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) Military Treatment Facility

Captain Weiss’ military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal as well as various campaign and unit awards. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Doors open at 11 am and the program begins at 11:45 at the NBK Bangor Conference Center Trident Ball Room


  • Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call at your earliest convenience.
  • Cut off for reservations is May 3
  • Please give your name as it appears on your driver’s license.
  • Spell your name to help make certain that it will be correct on the gate access sheet.
  • If you do not have base access, you will need to provide your date of birth.

Security Note:

A driver’s license from Washington, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and New Mexico can no longer be used as the sole means of identification to gain access to Navy Region Northwest installations.

Guests who are escorted by authorized sponsors may still use these states, including Washington State driver licenses. Guests registered by a week before the luncheon should be on the base access list at the gate and may use a regular drivers license.


TTF Maine Tour

Twenty-eight men, women and children, both civilians and veterans, of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League went on an organized tour of the Trident Training Facility and the USS Maine (SSBN-741) last week. The USS Maine is currently docked at Naval Base Kitsap on Bangor for routine maintenance. The tour was led by PAO, Lt. Commander Mike Smith.

The USS Maine (SSBN–741) is the third ship to bear the name of the state. The first Maine was the first battleship in the US Navy. The current USS Maine’s Chief Quarters features memorabilia from the earlier two vessels.


The group started the tour at the Trident Training Facility (TTF) on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor (NBK) where we were divided into two smaller parties. Senior Chief Keener led our group through various training Submarine Trainers of TTF. The group learned how the crew loaded torpedoes and missiles into simulated tubes, worked on the submarine’s Fairbanks Morse Diesel Engine, did wet training drills in case of flooding and got the unique experience of driving the dive simulator.

USS Maine (SSBN 741) Blue crew returns from a regularly scheduled patrol Oct. 21.

USS Maine (SSBN 741) Blue crew returns from a regularly scheduled patrol

741insigThe second half of the tour was aboard the USS Maine. Our group was divided into smaller more manageable parties of five. Chief of the Boat, Master Chief Jerry Washburn gave us all a briefing on his crew and the Maine in her mess hall where we were greeted with fresh baked cookies from the galley.

The USS Maine is an Ohio Class Sub. The sub was commissioned July 29, 1995. It weighs approximately 18,750 tons when submerged and is 560 feet in length. There are 24 missile tubes on the USS Maine for Trident missiles. The crew consists of 176 crew members; including four female officers. There are two crews and she is at sea approximately 80% of the time and docked for maintenance the remaining 20%.

Our tour group was able to see a large portion of the Maine including; Control, Navigation Center, Torpedo Room, Missile Compartment, Auxiliary Spaces, and Missile Control Center. What impressed me was the expertise of the crew! Many of the areas of the Maine were off limits due to security but overall the experience was something to remember. Thank you PAO, Lieutenant Commander Smith, Trident Training Center, Master Chief Jerry Washburn and the crew of USS Maine for all that you do.

Article by Frank Portello – Navy League Board Member






Posted by: arbeam | April 10, 2016

What REAL ID means for Washington State

OLYMPIA, WASH. — More than two dozen states and territories aren’t in compliance with a 2005 federal law that requires state driver’s licenses and ID cards to have security enhancements and be issued to people who can prove they’re legally in the United States. But Washington is one of just four states and one territory that haven’t received a compliance extension from the federal government, meaning millions of residents who currently have standard Washington driver’s licenses now need additional ID for access to some military bases, and will eventually be required to show additional documentation for air travel unless the Legislature acts.

Lawmakers in Washington have put off dealing with legislation to address until next year, a year before the state’s residents may be required to show additional identification if they want to board a commercial aircraft.

Here’s a look at the federal law, what Washington has and hasn’t done, and the potential impacts: Read More…

Navy Federal: Commitment to Service

Navy-Federal-Credit-Union-BankLike the men and women serving in the military, service is at the heart of Navy Federal Credit Union. From a humble beginning of just seven members back in 1933 to more than 5.9 million members today, our credit union has succeeded because of our commitment to service.

Locally, we have branches in Bremerton and Silverdale, and through those locations we serve more than 47,000 members. Navy Federal is constantly looking for ways to make sure our members get the best experience possible when they visit one of our branches.

Our Silverdale Branch opened in 1985, while our Bremerton location originally opened on Auto Center Way in 2002. As our credit union grew, we quickly realized we needed a new place in Bremerton to call home. In January of this year we relocated to our current home on Pacific Avenue. We are proud of the successful relationship we’ve had serving our members who live and work in the Kitsap community.

Ten years ago, a credit union branch may have been the primary place where members would deposit a check, withdraw cash or pay a bill. You can still accomplish those tasks at our branches, but these days our focus is to provide a higher level of service to our members.

We are here to make accessing your accounts easy as possible. If you are a Navy Federal member and haven’t tried our Mobile Banking* service on your phone, our friendly staff can show you how it works. No matter where you are, you can deposit a check, pay a bill, transfer funds or simply check your balance through our smartphone app.

While we have invested in improving the mobile banking experience, we have not forgotten about the importance of our branches.

When you walk inside the Bremerton and Silverdale Branches, one of the first things you will see is a sign which reads, “We serve where you serve.” Active Duty military, retirees and their families are the core of our membership. We understand those who make sacrifices for our country have unique financial needs. To help meet those needs, our staff can provide great insight into the products and services Navy Federal offers.

As part of our commitment to service, we are honored to be affiliated with the Navy League and its mission to support all of America’s air, land and sea services.

Posted by: arbeam | April 7, 2016

Navy League Presents Awards at State Science Fair

2016 Judges

Bremerton, Washington. The Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) presented cash awards and certificates to six students this month at the 2016 Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF) held at Bremerton High School. As part of the Council’s initiatives in supporting youth interest in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM), sixteen Council volunteers were on hand to judge for basic fair awards, judge for the Navy League awards, Office of Naval Research awards and present their awards to the winners at the awards ceremonies.

The awards were given to those students whose projects best contributed to the advancement of science, engineering, or technology in support of our nation’s Sea Services (Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine). Two awards were presented each in Grade groups 1-3, Grades 4-6. And Grade groups 7-8. One award was also given to Grades 9-12.

This year’s 59th annual WSSEF featured over 600 students from over 120 schools from across the state presenting their projects. Up to $1.8M in scholarships and awards was available to participating students, as well as the potential to advance to higher levels of competition within the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) system.

Several of the scholarships were major annual stipends to attend specific colleges or universities, including Seattle Pacific University, Ohio Wesleyan University, Whitman College, and Evergreen State College. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | April 7, 2016

Growlers’ Success Prompts Rethinking Of Operations

EA 18G Growler

As the U.S. Navy expands its EA-18G Growler operations, pilots remain keen on the aircraft’s electronic warfare performance.

The service says it has enough Boeing Growlers to meet requirements, but some analysts disagree, and the Pentagon is conducting an electronic warfare study that could require the acquisition of more EA-18Gs, the only aerial electronic attack weapon in the U.S. quiver.

There is no doubt Navy pilots appreciate what the Growler brings to a carrier strike group. “I finally felt like I had overwhelming advantage in the tactical arena,” says Capt. Jeffrey “Caesar” Czerewko, former air group commander aboard the CVN 76 USS Ronald Reagan, and now the Pentagon’s director of battlespace awareness.

A veteran F/A-18 pilot, he notes that Growlers have the capability he and other pilots wanted when they were flying as far back as the F/A-18C. “It has all the things I wish we had had in the ‘Charlie’ back in the day,” Czerewko says. He touts “the way it ‘talks’ with other airplanes. It’s incredible how much better we are with airborne electronic attack.”

And pilots are only now starting to tap that capability. “I don’t think we’ve even cracked the nut yet on how much a Growler can do,” Czerewko adds. “In a classified discussion, it’s eye-watering. I wish we had more. I wish everybody agreed we should have more.” Read More…

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