Posted by: arbeam | January 15, 2015

Navy League Council Installs 2015 Officers

The 2015 Board of Directors for the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States was sworn in at its January 13th Luncheon. Pictured (left to right) are: Alan Beam, Larry Salter (Immediate Past President), Mike Spence, David Ellingson (Treasurer), Kevin Staub, Tim Katona (President), Steve Westover, Kevin Torcolini (First Vice President), Cynthia Martin, Byron Faber, Robert Lamb (Second Vice President), Helen Miller, Neva Lamb, and George Rose (Judge Advocate). Not pictured are: Tom Danaher, Patricia Faber, Ruth Bond (Secretary), Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Kelly Emerson, and Joe Hulsey.

The 2015 Board of Directors for the Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States was sworn in at its January 13th Luncheon. Pictured (left to right) are: Alan Beam, Larry Salter (Immediate Past President), Mike Spence, David Ellingson (Treasurer), Kevin Staub, Tim Katona (President), Steve Westover, Kevin Torcolini (First Vice President), Cynthia Martin, Byron Faber, Robert Lamb (Second Vice President), Helen Miller, Neva Lamb, and George Rose (Judge Advocate). Not pictured are: Tom Danaher, Patricia Faber, Ruth Bond (Secretary), Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Kelly Emerson, and Joe Hulsey.

Silverdale, Washington. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) recently installed new 2015 officers and board members during a January 13th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on Naval Base Kitsap–Bangor. The council’s elected officers for 2015 are Tim Katona, President; Kevin Torcolini, First Vice President; Robert Lamb, Second Vice President; David Ellingson, Treasurer; Ruth Bond, Secretary; and George Rose, Judge Advocate.

In addition to the 2015 elected officers, the Board of Directors will be comprised of Byron Faber, Patricia Faber, Cynthia Martin, Joe Hulsey, Neva Lamb, Kevin Staub, Helen Miller, Tom Danaher, Alan Beam, Jack James, Larry Tellinghuisen, Mike Spence, Steve Westover, Kelly Emerson, and Larry Salter (immediate past president).

After swearing-in, Katona praised Salter for his leadership in 2014 and pledged to continue moving the organization forward during challenging fiscal times for the sea services. After presenting Salter with a challenge coin display box as a parting gift, Katona told the audience, “Larry was especially effective in strengthening our Youth programs and concentrating on revitalizing our membership. He made sure we were focusing on active duty military and allowing them to really understand that our community loves having them here and wants to continue to support all that they do to serve our Country.

Through events like the Gala and individual award presentations to over 50 active duty sea service personnel, we were able to really reach-out to the community and our service members.” In addition to recurring activities and key sponsorships, such as Memorial Day observances at the USS TURNER JOY in Bremerton, or the Armed Forces Day Gala, Katona challenged the Board to further expand youth outreach programs, including new initiatives to enhance student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Also on the agenda for 2015 are continued preparations and planning for the commissioning of PCU WASHINGTON (SSN 787), a VIRGINIA-Class submarine under construction at Virginia’s Newport News Shipbuilding scheduled to be delivered to the Navy in late 2016.

Posted by: arbeam | January 13, 2015

Stennis heads out for pilot qualifications

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ABOARD THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS — A bosun’s whistle shrieks through the ship’s speakers.

“It’s an absolutely perfect day to get underway,” follows a voice, overly energetic for 8:30 a.m.

It’s Capt. Michael Wettlaufer, the ship’s commanding officer. He’s always like that, crew members say. “I need everybody absolutely focused on Job One, getting the ship away from the pier and up to Indian Island. Let’s get this right the first time.”

The aircraft carrier departed its home port of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton Monday morning for flight qualifications off Southern California. It was to load munitions at Naval Magazine Indian Island, near Port Townsend.

One would think protected Puget Sound would prove easy sailing for the 2,800-person crew. Not true.

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“Two of the most challenging evolutions you can perform are Bremerton and Port Townsend said Capt. Kavon “Hak” Hakimzadah, the executive officer. “You cannot see the water as you go around the corner (in skinny Rich Passage).”

“It’s the most challenging water I’ve ever been in because there’s a lot of currents,” Wettlaufer said. “The Puget Sound currents are very significant.”

Wettlaufer is speaking from the crowded, windowed navigation bridge. Lt. j.g. Shannon Shaw, the conning officer, is front middle, peering through a scope and calling the shots.“One thousand yards to turn,” she announces. “Next course oh-oh-nine. “Next course oh-oh-nine,” repeats the helmsman, standing behind her and cranking the wheel.

They’re under the direction of the officer of the deck and, ultimately, Wettlaufer. “I’m listening for a continuous rhythm of communication,” Wettlaufer said.

The 1,092-foot-long carrier glides through Rich Passage uneventfully, but three huge cargo ships and a ferry clog the entrance. Looking straight at the Seattle skyline, the Stennis hacks a left. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 26, 2014

Navy League Recognizes Naval Base Kitsap Stand Out Sailors

Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon. Larry Salter, Council President (right), presented the awards to the (right to left) 2014 NBK Bluejacket of the Year MA3 Chelsea Deem, Junior Sailor of the Year (SOY) MA3 James Lupo, SOY ABE2(AW/SW) Troy Cloe, and Senior SOY MA1(EWS) Jason Stafford. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer (second from left), and Command Master Chief, David Lynch (left), were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors.

Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon. Larry Salter, Council President (right), presented the awards to the (right to left) 2014 NBK Bluejacket of the Year MA3 Chelsea Deem, Junior Sailor of the Year (SOY) MA3 James Lupo, SOY ABE2(AW/SW) Troy Cloe, and Senior SOY MA1(EWS) Jason Stafford. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer (second from left), and Command Master Chief, David Lynch (left), were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors.

Silverdale, Washington. Four Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) 2014 Sailors of the Year (SOY) were recognized by the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council during a December 9th luncheon held at the Bangor Plaza on NBK–Bangor. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

Each awardee was presented a soaring eagle statuette engraved with their names by Council President, Larry Salter. The luncheon guest speaker was Captain Mark Geronime, Commanding Officer of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest. NBK Commanding Officer, CAPT Thomas Zwolfer, and Command Master Chief, David Lynch, were also present to honor their high-performing Sailors for their dedication, teamwork, and individual efforts.

To kick-off the ceremony, Zwolfer thanked the Navy League for their on-going support of his organization, and gave a little background about its diversity. “I’d like to first thank the Navy League for recognizing our Sailors at Naval Base Kitsap. We have a lot of different things that we do on our installations…and it takes all of our Sailors to do that. We have a wide variety of different rates, unlike the small handful of rates on a submarine. At the base, we interact with many different rates and thus it was hard picking the best Sailors to recognize as our SOYs. This group is clearly our cream of the crop.”  Read More…

Members of the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle at their annual Holiday Party. Children under two were presented stuffed animals, and children over two were given hand-crafted holiday pillowcases. Navy League member Nancy Danaher (left) shows a sample pillowcase to Station Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (Select) Ben Crowell.

Members of the Navy League of the United States Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle at their annual Holiday Party. Children under two were presented stuffed animals, and children over two were given hand-crafted holiday pillowcases. Navy League member Nancy Danaher (left) shows a sample pillowcase to Station Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander (Select) Ben Crowell.

Seattle, Washington. After several months of busy sewing, “Project Pillowcase” finally came to fruition. On Friday, December 12th, members of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) Bremerton/Olympic Peninsula Council presented gifts to the children of Coast Guardsman from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle, one of ten adopted units of the Bremerton/Olympic Council. One of the missions of the NLUS is to support the men and women of the sea services and their families.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Seattle families and friends gathered at Game Works in Seattle for their annual Holiday Party. NLUS members Tom and Nancy Danaher organized the making of personal holiday pillowcases for all Station children over two years old. All told, thirty-three pillowcases were presented. Children less than two years old received a stuffed animal, compliments of Board Members Bob and Neva Lamb.  Read More…

USS Lexington (CV-2) provides power to Tacoma Dec 17 1929

USS Lexington (CV-2) provides power to Tacoma Dec 17 1929

Beginning about December 17, 1929, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2) ties up to the Baker Dock and supplies electricity to Tacoma for a month to meet a power crisis.

In the 1920s, Tacoma received most of its electrical energy from dams on the Nisqually and Skokomish Rivers. Supplemental energy came from the Dock Street steam plant (1922). A drought in 1929 severely cut the power from the hydroelectric sources. The shortage became so critical that Superintendent Ira S. Davisson (1860-1951) had to cut power to Cascade Paper Company. Cascade laid off 300 employees. Fort Lewis turned the lights out in the barracks at 4:00 p.m.

Tacoma appealed to President Herbert Hoover, who bumped the matter to the Navy. At first the Secretary of the Navy refused the request, but negotiations resulted in a message to the Lexington’s captain, ,which had been in the shipyard at Bremerton to go to Tacoma to provide power to the city. Read More…

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The struggle and sacrifice for civil rights in America is witnessed in this compelling story. The Right to Dream recreates a student’s coming of age as an African American in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights, leading audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history.

Captain Dave Kohnke is the Master of Ceremonies.

 

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61)

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Ramage (DDG 61)

The U.S. Navy’s surface combatants are the spine of the American fleet. They escort and help protect aircraft carriers from threats on, above, or under the sea, provide ballistic missile defense, carry Tomahawk cruise missiles that can hit targets far from the shore, conduct exercises with partner nations, and are sufficiently numerous to help reinforce both the idea and the fact of American presence around the world. Their technological edge cannot be separated from the U.S. Navy’s global dominance, and this edge requires care and investment.

However, as the pressure of defense budget cuts grows, investments in future strength necessary to meet existing defense commitments are increasingly at risk. For example, the Navy canceled its next generation cruiser program, the CGX in part to fund current operations. It cut back the purchase of its new maritime patrol (P-8) aircraft to help pay for current operations.

Extending this approach by postponing technological advances would send fissures through the keel of American seapower. It would open the way to a feebleness that is justified neither by America’s interests nor by its current finances – defense spending as a percentage of GDP is at one of the lowest levels since 1948. America is still a wealthy nation. Cost is not the issue. Political will is. Read More…

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First-of-class Littoral Combat Ships USS Freedom (LCS 1), rear, and USS Independence (LCS 2) manoeuvre together during an exercise off the coast of Southern California on 2 May 2012. Source: US Navy

Key Points

  • The US Navy is to acquire 20 up-gunned and hardened Littoral Combat Ships beginning in 2019
  • USN officials intend to pursue production of both LCS variants and will backfit the first 32 (Flight 0+) ships with the newer weapon fits

Following an intense review of alternative small surface combatant (SSC) designs, the US Navy (USN) is opting to stick with its Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) for the long run, with plans to begin acquisition in 2019 of up-gunned and more survivable versions of the two current LCS variants, officials announced on 11 December.

US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has accepted the USN’s recommendation for a modified LCS to satisfy the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) multimission SSC requirement for 20 ships. The proposed plan will see the enhancement of the current LCS designs’ surface warfare (SUW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities with organic over-the-horizon weapons, improved air and undersea self-defence technology, and hardened shipboard spaces and systems, among other improvements. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 16, 2014

2015 Omnibus Bill Defense Summary

Dept-Of-Defense-LogoThe Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2015 provides $554.2 billion in base and overseas contingency operation funding, compared to $572 billion enacted in fiscal year 2014 and $554.3 billion in the President’s budget request. The base budget appropriation is $490.2 billion with $64 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) of the Department of Defense (DoD), compared to $85.2 billion for DoD OCO enacted in fiscal year 2014. The bill also contains $112 million in emergency funds to respond to the Ebola crisis.  Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | December 9, 2014

Dec 10:Bremerton NJROTC McTakeover

Wheaton Way McDonaldsBremerton NJROTC Knight Company will be having our annual McTakeover fundraiser at the WHEATON WAY McDonalds tomorrow, Wed, 10 Dec, from 5 – 7 PM.

Please come out to support us and bring your family, relatives, friends, friends’ friends, people you see on the street…. you get the idea. Last year, we had a very successful McTakeover and earned over $1000 for our program! I hope to have similar success this year, but that will only happen with your help – Cdr Gary Brooks, Senior Naval Science Instructor Bremerton High School.

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