Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

USS Bremerton Arrival Photos








An energetic crowd was on hand to greet the USS Bremerton on her arrival at NBK Bremerton on Apr 27.  The group included the Bremerton Mayor, family, Plank Owner John Scanlan , ex crew members, Navy League, Naval Submarine League, SubVets (USSVI) and the Navy Band.

Also on hand to meet the sub were four former commanding officers, Capt Tom Zwolfer CO #11, Capt Jerry Logan CO #10, Adopting Mayor Patty Lent,  Cdr Travis Zettel Current CO # 15, Capt Alan Beam CO #3 and Capt Tom Anderson Commissioning CO# 1. These members form the nucleus of the USS Bremerton Decommissioning Committee.


Plank Owners Anderson and Scanlan

Mayor Wheeler and Cdr Zettel



Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Apr 27: USS Bremerton Arrival at NBK Bremerton

Completing 37 years of service USS Bremerton (SSN-698), the longest serving submarine in the Force, arrived at NBK Bremerton to commence the inactivation process.  Always pushing the envelop USS Bremerton deployed to her first homeport of Pearl Harbor by way of an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning. She completed her 15th and last deployment on 10 April 2018.

Bremerton embarked the Commissioning Commanding Officer Captain Thomas Anderson for the final voyage.  He had the honor of issuing the first order to dive and the final order to surface. Covering the Alphabet from A to Z, Anderson  was the first CO and Cdr Travis Zettel was the last.

Following a brief stand down to move families, Bremerton will enter Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to begin the inactivation process which involves defueling,   decommissioning and ultimately recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Captain Schrader Awarded 2018 Thunderbird Award

Every year, the Bremerton Chamber honors leaders in our community with the Thunderbird, or Hyas Tyee awards.  The past-presidents of the Chamber come up with suggestions for the award, and the Board of Directors votes to approve the list.  In a community rich with volunteers and leaders, the challenge is not in finding enough people to honor, but to pare the list down to only 4 or 5 honorees. This year’s Thunderbird is  Captain Alan Schrader Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap.



180326-N-UK333-189 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) off the coast of California. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Program’s demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine’s strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/Released)

SAN DIEGO — The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) along with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted successful test flights of two Trident II D5 Missiles, March 26. The unarmed test missiles were launched as part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) 28 in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.

The missiles were launched as a double mission test and were the key element of DASO 28, which marked the 166th and 167th successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since its introduction to the Fleet in 1989. The primary objective of the DASO is to evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before operational deployment following midlife refueling overhaul. Read More…

During the month of March this year I had the privilege of going to San Diego, represent our Navy League Council and  attend the DASO-28, and which is the firing of a Trident missile from the USS Nebraska off of the coast of California.

It was indeed a cold morning March at 0300hrs when I got up and dressed to go to the Point Loma Naval facility in San Diego where everyone that was attending the missile shoot was to meet no later than 0530hrs at the Navy Gateway Inn located on the Port Loma base.

Approx 0545hrs nearly 200 of us lucky people boarded Navy buses from the Gate Way Inn to be transported to the Port Loma docks to board the USNS Waters, a 475 foot Naval ship that does submarine navigation research and submerged launch support and tracking of the missiles.  It is under the operation control of the Military Sealift Command and is operated by DOD civilian personal.

Upon pulling away from the docks in San Diego the group was broken down into smaller groups where Navy personal from the USS Nebraska Gold were assigned to be tour guides for our groups as we attended the shoot.  The USS Nebraska Blue were going to conduct the shoot for this day.   We had a light breakfast as we headed out to sea and instructions as to what was going to happen when we took up a position of observation.  We were advised over the speaker system that today the USS Nebraska was going to launch two missiles, First launching was to be a 1330hrs and the second was to be launched approx 2 hours later. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

May 8: Luncheon Speaker Guy Stitt President AMI

Our May Luncheon Speaker is Navy League Past President Guy Stitt. Guy is the President of AMI International Naval Analysts and Advisors. He is a nationally known expert in Foreign Navy Programs. He will be presenting on Navy developments in the Pacific and the South China Sea.
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
Posted by: arbeam | April 21, 2018

Welcome Home USS Bremerton (SSN-698)

USS  Bremerton is underway enroute to NBK Bremerton for Decommissioning. She has onboard Captain Thomas Anderson, the Commissioning Commanding Officer, accompanying CDR Travis Zettel for the final journey. One could say we have the CO’s covered from A to Z. Bremerton  began her career by deploying to her Homeport in Pearl Harbor via an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning.  Active to the end Bremerton completed it’s last frontline deployment to Westpac on 10 Apr, 2018.  Bremerton is scheduled to arrive at NBK BremertonPier D at 5PM on Friday 27 April. If you are interested in greeting the sub on arrival please contact, Subject 698 Pier D 698 Access.

We have scheduled an Arrival Reception for 6PM Monday 30 Apr 2018 at the Kitsap Conference Center Marina Vista Room (100 Washington Ave, Bremerton WA 98337). This Reception is open to the public, please come out and say Welcome Home!

BREMERTON, Wash. (April 17, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) will arrive at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, April 27.

Bremerton is currently the oldest active duty submarine. Under the command of Cmdr. Travis Zettel, Bremerton will be departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a homeport change to its namesake city. Bremerton has been homeported in Hawaii since 2003.

Bremerton completed their most recent deployment April 6, 2018. During the six-month deployment, the boat and her crew steamed more than 42,000 nautical miles and conducted five foreign port visits.

The submarine’s ability to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, made Bremerton one of the most capable submarines in the world.

During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine and then retain the hull in safe storage until the boat is recycled.

If you wish to be on the pier to meet her, contact Bryon Faber, Cell: 360-434-1144

If you do not have Base access you will need to fix out a Base Access Form SECNAV_5512_1_11787




The U.S. icebreaker Polar Star is seen in the Arctic in July 2013.

As the Coast Guard prepares to review industry bids for a new heavy polar icebreaker, the service is keeping its options open for the right number and mix of polar icebreakers it will need in the future, Adm. Paul Zukunft, the commandant of the Coast Guard, said on Wednesday.

The Coast Guard’s program of record is for three heavy and three medium polar icebreakers but Zukunft said the “jury is still out” whether that will remain so. Right now, the service is aiming toward building three new heavy icebreakers, but it might make sense just to keep building these ships, he told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast in Washington, D.C.

Zukunft said that “when you start looking at the business case after you build three, and then you need to look at what is the economy of scale when you start building heavy icebreakers, and would it be less expensive to continue to build heavies and not mediums.” He added that the heavy icebreakers provide more capability, and if the price is “affordable” and in “the same range” as building medium icebreakers, then “maybe you end up with one class of heavy icebreakers.”

Building only one class of ships has a number of advantages in terms of maintenance, crew familiarity, configuration management, and more, he said. A decision on what the future icebreaker fleet will consist of is “still probably several years out .. but that’s one option that we want to keep open going forward,” Zukunft said.

Last July, the National Academies of Science recommended that the Coast Guard build four heavy icebreakers based on a common design as the lowest cost strategy for a polar icebreaker fleet instead of pursuing three heavy and three medium vessels (Defense Daily, July 11, 2017). Read More…

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