Posted by: arbeam | August 20, 2017

Our Scheduled September Speaker Just sailed out to sea!

More information to follow!

The September luncheon speaker is Captain Gregory Huffman, Commanding Officer of the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74).

Capt. Greg Huffman is a 1989 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He completed multiple deployments aboard USS Saratoga (CV-60), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) and USS George Washington (CVN-73), and flew combat missions over Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Capt. Huffman was named the Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic F/A-18 Pilot of the Year for 1996 and won the Mike Longardt Leadership Award in 2001. Shore duty flying assignments include the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, developmental Test Pilot for F/A-18 electronic warfare systems and initial testing of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in China Lake, Calif., and Executive Officer and Instructor Pilot with the VFA-122 ‘Flying Eagles’ in Lemoore, Calif.

Additional shore duty assignments include Military Aide to the President of the United States at the White House, Chief of Staff for Commander, Naval Air Forces, Atlantic and Head Aviation Lt. Cmdr. and Junior Officer Detailer at Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn.

Following nuclear power training Capt. Huffman served as the final operational Executive Officer of USS Enterprise (CVN-65), completing her 25th and final deployment in 2012. He then commanded USS Green Bay (LPD-20) homeported in San Diego, Calif. from June 2013 until August 2014.

Capt. Huffman has logged over 2,800 flight hours in 24 different aircraft types and accumulated over 700 arrested landings. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Strike Flight Air Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards, one with Combat V), and numerous unit citations.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Sept 5.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.







Posted by: arbeam | August 16, 2017

Oct 7: Commissioning of the USS Washington (SSN-787)

President’s Corner: I want to thank RDML Mike Sharp, CAPT Kathy DiMaggio and the entire commissioning committee for all their hard work. After 4 years of planning commissioning preparations for the USS Washington (SSN-787), we are in the homestretch. The USS Washington will be commissioned on Saturday 7 October at 8 AM PDT on Pier 12 Norfolk Naval Station VA.

The invitations will be mailed out this week.  This is a two-step process: the invitation will ask for how many tickets you desire and your mailing address. If you signed up to attend and have not received an invitation by the end of the month please contact me at

Due to the date delay we were not able to establish a headquarters hotel with a room block. There are three recommended hotels in downtown Norfolk, all within walking distance from each other. There are many events happening during this period and rooms are going fast. Make your room reservations now!

Hilton Norfolk The Main  100 East Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Norfolk Waterside Marriott  235 E Main Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel 777 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA 23510

We have arranged bus transportation to the various ceremonies to leave from each of these hotels.

Other Norfolk Area Hotels

Hampton Inn Norfolk (Naval Base)
8501 Hampton Blvd.

Wyndham Garden Norfolk (Downtown)
700 Monticello Avenue

Residence Inn by Marriott (Downtown)
227 West Brambleton Avenue

Courtyard by Marriott (Downtown)
520 Plume Street

More Details to follow:





Posted by: arbeam | July 25, 2017

PCU Washington Captain’s Log: July 20, 2017

PCU Washington recently pulled into our future homeport of Norfolk just prior to the fourth of July for the first time after completing post-delivery acoustic trials at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC). We are currently in Port Canaveral, FL loading exercise weapons and conducting the inport phase of our Weapons System Accuracy Testing (WSAT). The second phase of this testing will occur in the near future, again at the AUTEC range with WSH launching 6 exercise torpedos at both surfaced and submerged targets. Future events include our first Operational Reactor Safeguards exam in September, followed by our Commissioning at Norfolk Naval Station on October 7th.

Crew energy has been high during our newfound time at sea. Being underway has allowed over 20 of our sailors to finish their final qualifications and earn their enlisted dolphins since the ship was delivered in May. The upcoming range time and our first ever employment of exercise weapons also makes this an exciting time to be onboard Washington.

Gabriel B Cavazos Commanding Officer


The Coast Guard is celebrating its 227th year on August 4th. One of America’s five armed forces, it traces its founding to August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 “Cutters” (small boats) to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress. The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws. The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support U.S. national security interests.

Our Guest Speaker is Rear Admiral David G. Throop Commander Coast Guard District 13. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council always dedicates our August luncheon to celebrate the Coast Guard birthday. Our luncheon on 8 August will include recognizing outstanding Coast Guard men and women from  Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor, one of our three Coast Guard adopted units—Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles; Maritime Force Protection Unit, Bangor; and Station Seattle.

Rear Admiral David G. Throop serves as the Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District headquartered in Seattle. He is responsible for all Coast Guard operations throughout the Pacific Northwest which includes protecting life and property, enforcing federal laws and treaties, preserving the living marine resources, and promoting national security. The Thirteenth District spans over the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana and includes more than 4,400 miles of coastline, 600 miles of inland waterways, and a 125 nautical mile international border with Canada.

Rdml Throop earning his naval aviator wings in 1988, his operational aviation assignments include tours as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts; Commanding Officer of Air Station Traverse City, Michigan. His other assignments include Commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), Executive Assistant to the Commandant, Executive Assistant to the Vice Commandant, Chief of officer personnel at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center, a policy analyst for the Office of Plans, Policy and Evaluation at Coast Guard Headquarters; platform manager for the C130J aircraft during initial acquisition and as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCG  Vigilant (WMEC-617) in New Bedford, Massachusetts

A native of Burton, Michigan, RDML Throop graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He has accumulated over 3,900 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Aug 1.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.


Posted by: arbeam | July 24, 2017

Aug 4-6: Seafair Weekend Festival

A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1950, Seafair Weekend is the culmination of the Seafair Festival. Dubbed by some as an unofficial Seattle holiday, this is the most anticipated event of summer. Seafair Weekend offers a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, tastes and action. With boat racing on the water, aerobatic performers in the sky, live music and delicious food on land, the best place to experience Seafair Weekend is at Genesee Park on Lake Washington!

Title: Boeing Seafair Air Show
Date: Friday, August 5 – Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: Fri/Sat 8:30 A.M.- 6 P.M., Sun 7:30 A.M.- 6 P.M.
Location: Genesee Park/ Lake Washington 4316 S Genesee St

Description: One of the most impressive air shows in the country, the Boeing Seafair Air Show returns in 2017 with more exciting acts and daring aerial maneuvers than ever before!

Title: Jet Blast Bash
Date: Saturday August 5 & Sunday, August 6
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Museum opens at 9:00 AM!
Location: Seattle Museum of Flight

Description: Celebrate Seafair and the Blue Angels at the 3rd annual Jet Blast Bash! The Museum becomes the backstage of the Seafair Airshow for this two-day event, offering Seattle’s closest views of the Blue Angels’ dramatic takeoffs and landings.

Take in the runway action while enjoying outdoor family activities, classic car and plane displays, Blue Angels history talks and live music. Your favorite foods and festive refreshments are available all day, while kids can leap with a trampoline courtesy of Springfree. Then there are the airplanes–two rare World War II warbirds are flying-in for their first appearance at the Bash—a Lockheed P-38 Lightning and a Consolidated PBY Catalina! And by popular demand, SR-71 spyplane pilot and author Brian Shul returns with his heroic survival story in a special presentation and meet ‘n’ greet.

All activities included with Museum admission.

Posted by: arbeam | July 23, 2017

August 1-6: Seattle Seafair Fleet Week


Seafair Fleet Week has been a tradition in Seattle since 1950 with multiple ships annually coming into the Port of Seattle to celebrate this region’s premier summertime festival. In partnership with Navy League Seattle Council and Port of Seattle, Seafair Fleet Week honors the men and women of the military who proudly and courageously serve our country!

Title: Seattle Torchlight Parade 
Date: Saturday July 29
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Seattle Fairgrounds down 4th Ave to Downtown
Seafair Torchlight FanFest

You don’t have to wait for the parade to start to have fun with Seafair! Torchlight FanFest at Seattle Center has everything you need to get excited for our iconic parade. Guests can preview parade units and floats along Mercer Street, see Seafair personalities, explore exhibit booths and enjoy food vendors. This is your chance to get up close and personal with the Blue Angels balloon, Albert Lee hydroplane, Seafair’s Pirate Moby Duck and more! This event is FREE to the public.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

Later in the evening, the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade starts at 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Center and continues down 4th Avenue in downtown Seattle. The Parade will be broadcasted live on KIRO 7. 150,000 spectators and over 100 community floats, bands, drill teams and giant helium balloons join in for the most magical night of summer in Seattle: Seafair Torchlight Night.

Wednesday, August 2
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Parade of Ships & Navy Band
Elliott Bay & Seattle waterfront
Pier 66

Description: The Fleet will make its entrance into Elliott Bay accompanied by the spray of the Seattle Fire Department boat. The Navy Blue Angels will fly over.

USS ANCHORAGE (LPD-23) Pier 90 The primary mission of the U.S.S. ANCHORAGE is to embark, transport and land elements of a U.S. Marine Corps landing force in a variety of expeditionary and special operations capable missions using expeditionary fighting vehicles (EFVs); landing craft, air cushion (LCAC); tilt-rotor MV-22 Ospreys and CH-46 Sea Knight helicopters.

USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG-122) Pier 66 The USS MICHAEL MURPHY is a multi-mission guided missile destroyer designed to defend against air, surface, subsurface threats, and conduct strike operations.  MICHAEL MURPHY is built around the AEGIS weapon system, which employs the AN/SPY-1D(V) phased array radar. It is fully integrated with the ship’s weapons systems such as the Standard (surface to air) missile, the Evolved Sea Sparrow (ESSM) missile, and the ship’s 5” 62 caliber gun. She is equipped with vertically launched anti-submarine rocket torpedoes (ASROC) and over-the-side launched MK46 torpedoes to combat submarine threats.

(WHEC 717) Pier 66 The MELLON is the third in her class of seven high endurance cutters built by Avondale Shipyards. A high-endurance cutter is designed to remain at sea for extended periods of time to undertake mid-ocean search and rescue operations, as well as law enforcement and national security missions. She capable of completing all Coast Guard missions.

Royal Canadian Navy

HMCS YELLOWKNIFE (MM-706) and HMCS EDMONTON (MM-703) Pier 69 Kingston-class Coastal Defence Vessel. The Kingston class was designed to fill the minesweeper, coastal patrol and reserve training needs of the Canadian Forces. The vessels are equipped to carry an AN/SQS-511 towed side scan sonar for minesweeping and a Remote-control Mine Hunting System (RMHS). The vessels were equipped with one Bofors 40 mm/60 calibre Mk 5C gun and two M2 machine guns

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
United States Coast Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) Demonstration
Elliot Bay & Seattle waterfront
Audio narration provided at Pier 66

Title: Ship Tours 
Date: Thursday, August 3 to Sunday, August 6
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Pier 66 USS Michael Murphy (DDG-112)
USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717) Thurs, Friday 9-12 Only
Pier 69 HMCS Edmonton (MM-703)
HMCS Yellowknife (MM-706)
Pier 90 USS Anchorage LPD-23 Thurs, Fri (2-8PM), Sat (9-2PM), Sun

Safety Notes

  • Comfortable supportive shoes are recommended for anyone visiting the ships – no flip-flops, open-toe shoes, or high heels
  • Please note that the ships are not handicap accessible – you must be in good physical condition to navigate the stairs and ladders
  • Cameras are permitted
  • No smoking aboard any ship or anywhere on the pier
  • No strollers
  • Souvenirs from the ships will be available for sale (cash only) either on the ship or at a table near the exit
  • Special consideration will be given to items that accompany the elderly, small children, and handicapped visitors
  • There is no storage available nor can we hold items that are barred from entry to the pier or ships
  • Please note: While on board any Canadian ship, you are subject to Canadian laws (and outside United States jurisdiction).

Prohibited Items

  • Large bags and backpacks; small camera bags and purses will be permitted
  • Camera lenses larger than 100mm
  • Glass Bottles
  • Banners, posters, or signs
  • Pets, with the exception of service animals
  • Guns, knives, clubs, or weapons of any kind
  • Mace, pepper spray, spray cans, or other defensive sprays and chemicals
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Flammable liquids or aerosol spray cans
  • Skateboard, bicycles, strollers
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal drugs (to include marijuana) and related paraphernalia
  • The U.S. Navy reserves the right to prohibit other items not listed above.
Posted by: arbeam | July 21, 2017

July 14: SAFE Boats International Tour

A fortunate group of Navy League members and guests assembled at the headquarters of SAFE Boats International in Bremerton, WA for a tour on July 14, 2017.  Upon arrival we were enthusiastically greeted by JD Schultz and Cindy McFarland, who conducted our tour.

SAFE Boats was established in 1997 and is a foremost manufacturer of aluminum boats for defense, security and first responder customers.  There are 2000 boats in service world wide in over 60 countries.  160 state and local customers are included, as well as the US Government.

Manufacturing facilities are in Bremerton and Tacoma, WA.  it is in Tacoma that the largest boats are built.  The work force, many of whom are veterans, presently totals 375 employees and there are plans to hire an additional 20 soon.  SAFE Boats manufactures boats of many different sizes and types from 23′ center console designs to the 85′ SAFE Mk VI.  In between are full cabin, interceptor, walk around cabin, EMT and full cabin inboard.  Most come in varying sizes and all are customized to meet customer requirements.

We were taken for a walk around the shop areas, both inside and outside, where we could view the many steps in the approximately 3 month manufacturing cycle.  A pretty incredible and very impressive process.

The SAFE Boats International mission is to “provide the brave men and women in uniform with the most reliable boats that allow them to complete their mission, save lives, and protect freedom around the world.”  It appears that they are doing this very well.

Sincere thanks to JD, Cindy and, as always, to Byron Faber for making the necessary arrangements for this tour. Norm Martin


Posted by: arbeam | July 13, 2017

Navy League Outreach Campaign

This summer our council has participated in a series of projects to increase our visibility in the community. This includes active participation in the planning and execution of the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival, Memorial Day Ceremony, membership in the Bremerton and Silverdale Chamber of Commerce, and presentation booths at the NBK retiree seminars, and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport’s Health, Heritage , and Hobbies (H3) Day. If you have any ideas to enhance public awareness please contact Larry Salter our membership chairman.

Posted by: arbeam | July 13, 2017

Navy League Participates in NBK Retiree Seminar

Bremerton Wash. (July 8, 2017) Capt. Alan Schrader, Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) commanding officer, addresses the audience at a military retiree seminar held at the Jackson Park community center. The seminar, sponsored by NBK Fleet and Family Support Center, featured informational booths and workshops on various topics including finances, Tricare, estate planning and other topics focused on setting up military retirees for success.


Posted by: arbeam | July 12, 2017

MFPU Tour: Jun 8 2017

A group of 26 Navy Leaguers and guests were welcomed to the headquarters of USCG- MFPU (Maritime Force Protection Unit) Bangor for a tour on Thursday June 8, 2017.  After a greeting by unit CO CDR Schoonover and XO LCDR Miek an informative briefing was conducted by LT DeShazo.  Of note, both Schoonover and DeShazo are “short timers” at the unit, with LT De Sazo leaving for assignment in the Cleveland, OH area in two weeks.  CDR Schoonover, who assumed command in July 2014, will be leaving later this year.  We certainly appreciate their service in USCG as well as MFPU and wish them well in their new assignments.

The MFPU at Bangor, established in 2007, is one of only two in the USCG, the other being at Kings Bay, GA.  Bangor and Kings Bay are the two home ports for the US Navy Trident submarine force (SSBNs).  A unique arrangement exists such that because the Coast Guard has statutory law enforcement capability, and not the US Navy, they have been engaged by the Navy to provide a security zone around SSBNs transiting on the surface to and from deployment.  All of their assets, although marked for USCG, are actually owned by the US Navy.  Personnel are USCG but all of their costs are paid for by the Navy.  For both services it is a great relationship.

Although the primary mission of MFPU is the security escort service, the unit is available at all times for “usual”  USCG functions such as rescue, maritime enforcement, etc. as needed.  The Coast Guard motto Semper Paratus (Always Ready) certainly applies to MFPU.  And although all of the other military services are part of the Department of Defense, the USCG is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Maritime assets used by MFPU include 250′ blocking vessels, 87′ reaction vessels, 64′ large screening vessels and 33′ small screening vessels.  When the requisite units are assembled and creating the 1000′ security zone around an SSBN it is called a “package”.  A pretty impressive one at that!

Following the briefing we boarded a bus which took us to the waterfront area and there we assembled into two groups…each boarding a 64′ large screening vessel.  The security gate to Hood Canal was opened and we proceeded into Hood Canal, up to and under Hood Canal bridge (right side), proceeded parallel to the bridge to the left side, back under and returned to Bangor.  Along the way some of the amazing capabilities of the 64′ boats was demonstrated such as making what amounted to water donuts with a 360 degree spin in place, and while proceeding at speed stopping in 1 1/2 boat lengths and hardly feeling it happen.

We completed the water operation and then reassembled at the nearby galley for a great lunch, finally concluding a great tour and a great experience.  Our sincere thanks to everyone at USCG-MFPU Bangor and, of course, to Byron Faber for arranging this tour for all of us.

Norm Marten


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