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…

Posted by: arbeam | April 7, 2016

EIS on NAS Whidbey growth taking longer than expected



The Navy is taking longer than it expected to finish an Environmental Impact Statement on the number of EA-18G Growlers that may be based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

Wednesday the U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. released a statement moving the release of the document to the public from this summer to the fall.

The draft environmental impact statement will address the environmental impact of the potential addition of up to 36 Growlers at Whidbey.

“This is a very large and complex document with specific areas to analyze,” said Ted Brown, the Navy’s Installations and Environmental public affairs officer. “We want to give a well-researched document to the public.” Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | April 7, 2016

Jun 25: NAS Whidbey Island Open House

NAS Whidbey Aircraft

NASWI logoNAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. –  Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will hold a Public Open House on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Ault Field from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The public open house is an opportunity for the public to learn about past, current, and future operations at the Navy’s only air station in the Pacific Northwest and see the 2016 Navy Installation of the Year.

Aircraft static displays will include the EA-18G Growler, P-3C Orion, MH-60 Knighthawk helicopter, the new C-40 Clipper and a visiting P-8A Poseidon, which will soon replace the P-3C’s here. Aerial demonstrations planned at this time include the EA-18G, P-3C and Search and Rescue helicopter.

There will also be other visual displays, guided bus tours, a Search and Rescue and K-9 Working Dog demonstrations, Explosive Ordnance Detachment displays, bouncy toys for children and a climbing wall for those wishing to test their climbing acumen. Aviation memorabilia will also be available for purchase as well as a variety of food and beverages.

All visitors over the age of 18 will be required to have state or government issued identification for access to the base. Due to security measures, the following items are not allowed on the base: large bags, backpacks, weapons, coolers and pets. Additionally, drugs or drug paraphernalia to include marijuana products are prohibited from the base. Items permitted will be strollers, diaper bags, small women’s purses, wheelchairs, service dogs, bottled water, cameras and video recorders.

More information can be found at


SASEBO, Japan (NNS) — Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived at Fleet Activities Sasebo for a visit, April 6, as part of its deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

This visit strengthens the already positive alliance between the U.S. and Japan through the crew’s interaction with the Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force. It also demonstrates the U.S. Navy’s commitment to regional stability and maritime security in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations.

“My crew is excited to visit Sasebo,” said Cmdr. Wes Bringham, commanding officer. “Our partnership with Japan is very important to security in the Western Pacific and this port visit provides us a great opportunity to learn about our ally’s culture and history. Bremerton first visited Sasebo in March 1986 and my crew is proud to continue the long tradition of partnership between Japan and the U.S.”

Bremerton is capable of executing anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.  “It takes a well-trained and motivated crew of top-notch Sailors to maintain America’s longest-serving submarine in her top warfighting condition,” said Command Master Chief Wade Jacobson, chief of the boat.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 6,000 tons when submerged, Bremerton is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. Homeported in Pearl Harbor, Bremerton’s crew looks forward to representing the U.S. Navy as they continue their Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment.

Navy News article

Posted by: arbeam | April 4, 2016

The U.S. Navy’s Improbable Rise To Power

USS Constitution vs. the HMS Guerriere

From the very first, when it punched well above its weight in the Revolution, America’s seagoing military has enjoyed an almost unblemished rate of innovative success.

The United States Navy is paradoxically the most traditional and innovative of America’s armed services. It is also by far and away the most diverse in terms of missions and capabilities. In addition to its fleet of cutting-edge surface ships and submarines, the Navy possesses its own ground force – the Marines – and an air force, both land and carrier-based, which has greater strike capability than the air forces of most developed nations. The Navy’s supercarrier battle groups function as mobile military cities, extending American power and influence across the entire globe.

Because the Navy bears primary responsibility for guaranteeing freedom of the seas, and because it invariably finds itself at the center of the international community’s response to geopolitical crisis, violent and otherwise, it could very well be said that the U.S. Navy is a world institution as well as an American one.

The purpose of Craig L. Symonds’s The U.S. Navy: A Concise History, is to explain in broad strokes how this enormously powerful and complex institution came to be what it is today, and to describe its myriad contributions to the nation’s wars, as well as to American foreign policy. With admirable economy, Symonds traces the sea service’s evolution from its origins in the Revolution as a scrappy, ad hoc force punching well above its weight against the mighty Royal Navy – with more than a little help from the French Navy – up through the War of 1812, where its record was a mixed bag of startling successes on the Great Lakes and in the great frigate duals (e.g., the USS Constitution vs. the HMS Guerriere) on the open ocean, and outright defeat on the east coast, where American gun boats proved no match for British ships of the line as they landed forces and sacked Washington. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | March 29, 2016

Apr 16: PacNorwest Officer Submarine Birthday Ball

Officer SubBall 2014

The PacNorwest Officer Birthday Ball is scheduled for 16 April in the  NBK Bangor Trident Ball Room. ADM Cecil Haney, STRATCOM, will be the speaker.

For Navy League Tickets $ 65 per person, contact Bob Lamb Email:, Phone: 360-710-2326.

1730 Cocktails and appetizers

1830 Dinner

2000 Dancing

USS Tennessee and USS Nevada under construction

USS Tennessee and USS Nevada under construction

The Navy released a Submarine Unified Build Strategy (SUBS) for concurrent Ohio Replacement ballistic missile submarine and Virginia Class attack submarine production through at least 2023, with the plan calling for Newport News Shipbuilding taking on additional responsibilities with the Virginia class to help General Dynamics Electric Boat more efficiently deliver the new class of boomers, service officials told USNI News on Monday.

To deliver the first Ohio Replacement Program (OR) boats on time and cost without sacrificing performance on the Virginia-class submarines – and while adding a new Virginia Payload Module segment into the attack boats – the Navy decided to look holistically at the workload across the two yards and make adjustments.

“To execute this strategy, General Dynamics Electric Boat Corporation (GDEB) has been selected as the prime contractor for OR with the responsibilities to design and deliver the twelve OR submarines. Huntington Ingalls Industries- Newport News Shipbuilding (HII-NNS) will participate in the design and construct major OR assemblies and modules leveraging their expertise with VCS construction,” Navy spokeswoman Capt. Thurraya Kent said in a statement today.

“Both shipbuilders will continue to deliver [Virginias] throughout the period, with GDEB continuing its prime contractor responsibility for the program. Given the priority of the OR Submarine Program, the delivery of [Virginias] will be adjusted with HII-NNS performing additional deliveries. Both shipbuilders have agreed to this build strategy.” Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | March 24, 2016

Centcom 911 Emergency Center Tour Mar 11

CENCOM tour 2016

Eleven Bremerton Navy League membesr toured the Kitsap County CENCOM 911 Emergency Response Center on March 11. The center, which is located in southwest Bremerton, shares a very secure building with Kitsap County’s Department of Emergency Management.

Highlights of the tour included watching the 911 operators/dispatchers at work, visiting the training center and the employee rest areas. Since the 911 operators/dispatchers experience very stressful situations, there is a “quiet room” where they can take their break time to relax, as well as a large kitchen area with all the amenities of home.

In the training area we were shown what the 911 operators have at their disposal to handle emergency situations. Each operator/dispatcher works with four computer monitors. Once a call is answered, a map with the caller’s location appears on one screen so the dispatcher can quickly select the appropriate agency to respond. These include the closest municipal and tribal police departments, the Kitsap County Sheriff patrols, fire departments and even direct contact with Washington State Patrol, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard emergency response dispatch units.

Kitsap County’s CENCOM center is one of the most technological advanced centers in the state. It is one of a very few that can respond to text messages from cell phones with prepared return messages. Depending upon the situation they can simply click on one of a list of messages to save crucial time.

Cell phone calls within Kitsap County can be difficult depending on the caller’s location. The 911 call can go to a cell tower in King, Island, Pierce, Mason or Jefferson counties. When Kitsap cell phone calls are answered outside of Kitsap County they need to be quickly transferred to Kitsap CENCOM in order to dispatch the proper emergency response unit..

Following the two hour tour we came away with a deep appreciation for the dedication and knowledge required to be a 911 operator/dispatcher. It takes a very special type of person and a lot of continuous training . Many thanks to Dave Ellingson and Byron Faber for arranging the very interesting and informative tour. If another tour of CENCOM is held again, don’t miss it!

Alan Kent NUWC KeyportNUWC Keyport operates and maintains unique national assets in our precision ranges and our technologically unique maintenance and repair facilities. Established in 1950s, Keyport ranges were the first 3-D underwater tracking ranges in the world. Keyport’s National Torpedo Depot is the Navy’s major repair facility for torpedoes and has supported every variation of torpedo that has served the US Navy and many foreign navies.

Alan Kent (SES) was appointed as the Technical Director (TD) for Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Keyport in October 2014. As TD, Mr. Kent oversees the test and evaluation, in-service engineering, custom engineered solutions, maintenance and repair, fleet support and industrial base support for undersea warfare systems, undersea weapon systems, countermeasures and sonar systems. He directs NUWC Keyport operations at a number of remote facilities located throughout the United States.

Mr. Kent began his government career in June of 1985 as an electronics engineer at NUWC Keyport’s predecessor, Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (NUWES), providing fleet support for lightweight torpedoes. Mr. Kent has been an integral part of Keyport’s three technical line departments including a four-year tour at the Pearl Harbor detachment in the late 1990s. At Keyport, Mr. Kent has served as a project engineer, first line supervisor, customer advocate and department head.

Mr. Kent is a 1985 graduate of Gonzaga University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering. He went on to earn a Masters of Public Administration degree from Indiana University in 1994.

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


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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.

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