Posted by: arbeam | September 8, 2016

Oct 8: Kitsap Navy Ball

NL Navy Ball 2014Saturday, October 8, 2016
Trident Ballroom, NBK-Bangor
Doors open:  4:30 PM
Cocktail hour:  5:00 PM
Ceremony/dinner:  6:00 PM
Tickets: $35 for civilians and retirees


The Navy League will coordinate reservations for a table. Please contact Bob Lamb by September 20th for reservations. Email:, Phone: 360-710-2326. The ticket cost is $35 for civilians and retirees.

Over 450 local military attended last year’s Navy Ball held at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor. The Chief of Naval Operations has stated that the Navy Birthday is one of the two Navy-wide dates to be celebrated annually, Since 1972 this occasion is designed to “enhance a greater appreciation of our Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service”.

Navy League members are honored to be invited and each year we enjoy this opportunity to participate. What fun to spend an evening with a huge group of young people who are excited about what they are doing and looking toward the future.


Posted by: arbeam | September 7, 2016

Combined Federal Campaign

Support our sea services!
It’s that time of year for the Combined Federal Campaign. To continue the work the Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League does in support of our sea services, make sure to donate today via CFC Number 19117

Lone Sailor

Posted by: arbeam | September 5, 2016

Rdml Gary Mayes Commander, Navy Region Northwest


Rear Admiral Gary Mayes

Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes was raised in Indianapolis. Mayes graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in 1987 and received his commission from Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988. He was designated a naval aviator in 1989. He also earned a Master of Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College in 1999 and graduated from the Joint Forces Staff College in 2002.

Mayes’ afloat and operational assignments in the SH-60B/R involved tours with Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light (HSL) 48 and 46. He served as the executive officer and commanding officer, HSL 44.

He participated in operations conducted in Haiti, South America, the Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Adriatic Sea and the Persian Gulf. He also served as the officer in charge of a combined East and West Coast HSL/HSM detachment of 16 helicopters conducting rescue and humanitarian relief missions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that caused massive devastation to the Gulf Coast region. Mayes logged over 3,300 flight hours in fixed and rotary wing aircraft.

Ashore assignments include duty as a station pilot at Naval Air Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, flying the UH-1N and C-12B; Senate liaison officer in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs; naval aide to the vice president of the United States; administrative aide to the secretary of the Navy; commanding officer of Naval Base Coronado; and deputy director, plans and programs, for Commander, Navy Installations Command. Prior to his promotion to Mayes was executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment.

His decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (five awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal (three awards) and numerous campaign and unit ribbons.


Rdml Mayes COC

KEYPORT, Wash. (NNS) — Navy Region Northwest held an assumption of command ceremony in the Jack Murdock Auditorium at the Naval Undersea Museum, Aug. 31.

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes assumed command from acting Commander Capt. William Bulis in a ceremony attended by more than 400 people, including Bremerton Mayor Patty Lent. Bulis assumed command of Navy Region Northwest during a change of charge ceremony July 22 prior to Rear Adm. Jeffrey Ruth transferring to Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk. Bulis will return to his previous duties as chief of staff for commander, Navy Region Northwest.

The guest speaker for the event was Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, commander, Navy Installations Command. Smith first met Mayes in 2011 in San Diego, when Mayes was the executive officer of Naval Base Coronado and Smith was the Southwest Region commander.

“As Gary takes the helm of Navy Region Northwest I know he is the right man for the job,” said Smith, “and there is no one better suited to support our Navy mission here. I assure you that Gary’s focus will be in the best interests of the community and the Navy as he takes on this new assignment.”

Before reporting to Navy Region Northwest, Mayes was executive assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). Some of his decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (5 awards), Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and many others.

“It is my privilege and honor to once again accept the mantels of command in this great Navy of ours,” said Mayes. “I can’t imagine a better region or setting after spending a week last month and the past two weeks with many of the professionals on the staff and the various commands that make up this region. With your infectious unity, synergy of effort and tremendous enthusiasm, I am happy to say that I am proud to serve alongside the men and women of Navy Region Northwest.

Navy Region Northwest provides shore-based services to the third largest fleet concentration area in the world, including two aircraft carriers, 13 ships, 13 submarines, 92 support vessels and 115 aircraft, enabling the fleet and supported commands to focus on their mission.

Navy Article by Jacob G. Sisco



Posted by: arbeam | September 2, 2016

Tour planning

Stennis Rich PassageSeptember 20 @ 10:00 AM USS John C Stennis (CVN-74) Tour. The Ship is just back from its Westpac Deployment and we are all excited to get aboard and reconnect with the crew! Pleas Contact Byron Faber for rendezvous time and location.

nuwc_keyportOctober 6– Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport Tour. NUWC Keyport has the mission, organization, facilities, and expertise to support advancements in all undersea systems, including the assembly, production acceptance (proofing), testing, and evaluation of these systems as part of their integration into the operational Fleet.They operate extensive Test Ranges in Washington, California and Hawaii.

Safe Boat Mk VINov 7 – 10 AM Safe Boats International This is one of our favorite tours. The tour will begin at the Port of Bremerton facility near the airport at 10 AM. This is where they custom manufacture their smaller boats like the Coast Guard Response craft in the sound. Lunch will follow at the airport diner. The tour will continue at the Tacoma facility after lunch. This is where they manufacture their larger craft like the new MKVI craft recently delivered to the Navy Special Operations Forces.

If you are interested in any of these tours please contact Byron Faber. My cell is 360-434-1144 (home is 360-638-1235). The best way to make a reservation if you want to go on a tour is to email me at


“Fulfilling our Nation’s Promise”

POW LogoNaval Undersea Warfare Center, Division-Keyport hosts this annual ceremony to honor America’s Prisoners of War and Missing in Action service members. Guest speaker will be the Commanding Officer of Naval Base Kitsap. Master of Ceremonies will the Executive Officer of Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division-Keyport. Vocal performance from Navy Band Northwest. Event is free and open to the public.

Posted by: arbeam | September 2, 2016

Sep 14: SWFPAC Change of Command@ 11:00 AM

SWFPAC logoThe Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific will have a Change of Command at which Captain Michael J. Baretela, will be relieved by Captain Michael E. Elmstrom on Wednesday  Sept 14, 2016 11:00AM @ the SWFPAC  Explosives Handling Wharf 1 Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor Silverdale, Washington. If you are interested in attending please contact Bob Lamb as soon as possible. Phone: 360-769-9108, email:

Members without Base access require a SECNAV_5512 form to be filled out and submitted to: Commanding Officer SWFPAC ATTN: SPB 012 6401 Skipjack Circle Silverdale, WA 98315-6499. Must receive it by 9 September.

Posted by: arbeam | September 1, 2016

Sep 9: Naval Base Kitsap to Hold Change of Command Ceremony

NBK MastheadBREMERTON, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) will hold a Change of Command ceremony on Fri., Sept. 9 when Capt Thomas A. Zwolfer is relieved by Capt. Edward A. Schrader as commanding officer of the nation’s third-largest naval installation.

“Serving as commanding officer of Naval Base Kitsap has been an honor and privilege,” said Zwolfer.  “Working with the outstanding team members at NBK as well as being welcomed as a member of the Kitsap community has made this tour a highlight of my naval career.”

Zwolfer assumed command of NBK in August 2013 having previously been assigned to the Undersea Warfare Division on the Navy Staff as well as serving as Commanding Officer of USS Bremerton (SSN 698).  His next assignment is as Chief of Staff, Navy Region Northwest, headquartered at NBK-Bangor.

Capt.  Schrader assumes command of the installation immediately following his assignment as Branch Head, Operations, Evaluation and Training, Strategic Systems Programs in Washington, D.C.

Those with base access are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 10:00 a.m., Fri., Sept. 9 on NBK-Bremerton’s Pier Charlie.  Parking is limited so carpooling is encouraged.

Come out and meet Captain Gregory Huffman, Commanding Officer of the USS John C Stennis (CVN-74). Capt. Huffman assumed command of USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) on 14 February 2016 in Guam, during Stennis’ last deployment.

Capt Greg HuffmanCapt. 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: Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration. Please call before Sept 6.

  • 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.
Posted by: arbeam | August 21, 2016

USS John C Stennis (CVN-074) 2016 Tiger Cruise

Stennis Rich Passage

On August 10th, nine Navy League members, plus a member’s grandson, boarded the USS John C. Stennis in San Diego for a four day Tiger Cruise to Bremerton.  The group met at the USO facility at the San Diego Airport and were bused to the ship docked at the Coronado Naval Airbase.  We cleared security and were guided to the officers wardroom were we met out host, Lt. Michelle Mayer.

Bremerton NL Tigers: Left to right: Joe Baney, Lt. Michelle Mayer, USN, (our host and tour coordinator), Kevin Nortness. Bernard Korth, Gary Simpson, Jo Nelson, Fred Nelson, Anthony “AJ” Bredberg, Robert Satterthwaite, George Cargill, and in front, Anthony Dinsmore.

Bremerton NL Tigers: Left to right: Joe Baney, Lt. Michelle Mayer, USN, (our host and tour coordinator), Kevin Nortness. Bernard Korth, Gary Simpson, Jo Nelson, Fred Nelson, Anthony “AJ” Bredberg, Robert Satterthwaite, George Cargill, and in front, Anthony Dinsmore.

All of the aircraft and the air crews had departed the ship earlier that morning so our group was assigned berthing in the pilot’s staterooms  The officer’s wardroom and the officer’s mess would be our gathering point for the trip.  We all felt the VIP treatment was very special. Needless to say, the food was great and a temptation to over indulge.

Tiger Cruise Flight Ops

Tiger Cruise Flight Ops

On Thursday the 11th we met  at 06:30 for breakfast and Lt. Mayer gave us a list of the activities for the day.  Since there were nearly 400 Tigers on board there were a lot of displays and events on the hanger deck all day.  We all chose to go up to the flight deck and watch the departure at 09:35.  At 13:00 hours the ammunition supply ship, T-AKE 6 Amelia Earhart, came along side and the aircraft munitions were transferred from the Stennis by a HH-60H Seahawk helicopter.  It took nearly four hours for the transfer of the bombs, missiles and other ordnance.  Fun to watch.

We were kept busy every day with several tours to various parts of the ship.  On Friday there was a brief airshow by three F-18 jets from Lemoore Naval Air Station.  They made several very loud close passes.

Our host, Lt. Mayer is not only a P-3 pilot but also a “Shooter” responsible for launching the aircraft as well as being responsible for the transfer and storage of all the aircraft fuel. 134 crew members report to her taking care of a million gallons of fuel.  She took our group on a special tour of the aircraft launch bubble, the arresting cable controls and down to the fuel storage control room.  Very impressive.

Stennis Enetai

On Sunday we entered the Strait of Juan de Fuca in dense fog.  Not much to see until we were near Port Townsend when the fog cleared to a beautiful sunny, warm day.  The ship was greeted from shore along the way with flag waving, fireworks and horns honking.  The sailors manned the deck at attention in their dress white uniforms.  It made us all feel very proud of our navy friends and the USS John C. Stennis.

Stennis pier

The Tiger Cruise was a great opportunity to see firsthand what it is like to live aboard and operate such a massive complex warship.  During their nearly seven month deployment, the sailors aboard John C. Stennis have the numbers to back up their hard work.  They performed more than 8,500 aircraft launches and recoveries, and conducted 30 replenishments at sea. The pilots of CVW-9 accumulated more than 19,600 flight hours.

USS Stennis Mooring at PSNS

USS Stennis Mooring at PSNS

This was a great trip for us to learn and better understand our modern U.S. Navy’s mission in such a changing world. – Fred Nelson

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