Again this year, in alignment with the national Navy League objective of supporting initiatives in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), your local Bremerton/Olympic League Council is sponsoring multiple awards at all grade levels at the WSSEF. We are also assembling an esteemed judging team to help with general judging and to identify the Navy League award recipients.

Quick Facts about the fair (go to www.wssef.org for more details):

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Mar 31 – Apr 1, 2017.

Bremerton High School

Estimated over 1000 student entries and 100 teacher in attendance from across the state

Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Patty Lent

Concurrent science film festival

Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels

First, we are looking for volunteer judges. The fair is expecting over 1000 student entries this year. Past experience has shown that if we’re going to give our own awards, we would need judges in each of the four grade categories, plus two just to concentrate on collecting input for our awards. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | February 2, 2017

Feb 14: Luncheon Speaker RDML Marcus Hitchcock

Bremerton Navy League Luncheon Feb 14, 2017 @ 11:30 AM, NBK Bangor Trident Ballroom.

Marcus_A._HitchcockThis month’s luncheon Speaker is Rear Admiral Marcus Hitchcock  Commander Carrier Strike Group 3/John C. Stennis Strike Group. Carrier Strike Group Three (CSG-3) is one of five U.S. Navy carrier strike groups currently assigned to the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Commander, Carrier Strike Group (CCSG) 3, with its embarked air wing (CVW 9), USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), and Destroyer Squadron Twenty-one, which includes USS Pinckney (DDG 91), USS Kidd (DDG 100), USS Dewey (DDG 105) and USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108).

The group traces its history to the establishment of Carrier Division 3 in 1940. The division operated off Korea and Vietnam. Group Three formed the core of the naval power during the initial phase of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001. On 18 December 2011, aircraft from Carrier Strike Group Three flew the final carrier-based air mission over Iraq, effectively ending U.S. naval support for Operation New Dawn.

Rear Admiral Hitchcock is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a 1985 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviator in 1987. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College, and Armed Forces Staff College.

Hitchcock flew the A-6 “Intruder” and F-14 “Tomcat”. He commanded “The Swordsmen” of VF-32, USS Peleliu (LHA 5) and USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and served as executive officer of USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). As a naval aviator, he embarked in the USS Ranger (CV 62), Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) and participated in Operations Desert Storm, Deliberate Guard and Southern Watch. As ships company, he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

Shore assignments include instructor pilot at VA-128, Aide/Administrative assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N8) on the OPNAV staff and as director, Fleet/Joint Training (N7) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hitchcock’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various campaign, unit and service awards.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30 Tuesday 14 Feb 2017.

Registration: Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration.

  • 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 | January 31, 2017

Commissioning Date for USS Washington Delayed

WASHINGTON SSN 787 Launch

WASHINGTON SSN 787 Launch

Due to a material issue with the boat, the commissioning for PCU WASHINGTON has been delayed.  No new date is scheduled yet but we expect to start the process of vetting new dates in the next few days.

This is a very busy time during submarine construction. The systems are all installed and  rigorous testing is being conducted prior to getting underway for sea trials. Periodically required repairs will impact the ship’s schedule.

“The Navy has determined that the delivery of PCU WASHINGTON (SSN 787) will be delayed beyond the contract delivery date, thus delaying the submarine’s March 25, 2017 commissioning ceremony in Norfolk, VA. This delay is based on a recently identified material issue with an access hatch which requires repair of the sealing surface prior to the submarine undergoing initial sea trials.

Delaying delivery and commissioning will allow the shipbuilder sufficient time to make the necessary repairs and certify the submarine for delivery. This repair will ensure the submarine meets the exacting construction and safety standards required before it enters service. The Navy will work with the Commissioning Committee and Ship’s Sponsor to establish a new date for the event.

Even with this delay, the ship is still expected to deliver within budget.  The Navy will work to ensure that the date of final delivery to the Fleet after completion of Post Shakedown Availability (PSA) remains unchanged. Maintaining the final delivery date following PSA, in spite of the delay to delivery from the initial construction contract, ensures there is no impact to implementation of WASHINGTON as a deployable asset.

The Navy has benefited from an aggressive reduction in contracted construction spans over the history of the class.  From an 84 month span for the first four Block I ships (VIRGINIA, TEXAS, HAWAII, and NORTH CAROLINA), the Navy and shipbuilders have successively reduced spans to 78, 74, and now 66 months on all Block III submarines.  However, this beneficial reduction in the construction span, has greatly reduced the ability to absorb material failures or construction errors within the schedule.”

Posted by: arbeam | January 27, 2017

Jan 27: USS Olympia Port Visit Arrival

Come down to Sam Adams at 1800 to welcome the USS Olympia (SSN-717) to Bremerton.

City of Corpus Christi Arrival

uss-olympia-crestOlympia will be visiting NBK Bremerton for the weekend. We are sponsoring a welcome reception at Sam Adams at 6PM to welcome their return to the Pacific Northwest.  Come out and meet the crew and show then some Bremerton Hospitality.

USS Olympia is a Los Angeles Class submarine that was commissioned in March of 1984 and is a sister ship to the USS Bremerton.  She will be moored at NBK Bremerton and will be making a Namesake visit to Olympia. Since she is 33 years old this may be her last visit here before decommissioning.

The Navy Submarine League is sponsoring an event at the Horse and Cow on Sun 29 Jan from 4-7 PM to welcome them. 

 

Posted by: arbeam | January 22, 2017

Mar 3: Regional Conference Portland Rose Hotel

Navy League Northwest Regional Conference
Come join us for a fantastic weekend in Portland!
 Rose Hotel Portland 50 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

Phone: (503) 221-0711 Toll-Free: 855-819-2921

http://www.hotelroseportland.com

Regional conferences are held annually to bring together council members from the Pacific Northwest to discuss, share, and discover successful ideas that are working in other councils. These opportunities to learn from each other are not restricted to council officers. All Navy Leaguers are encouraged to come, meet one another and learn about the successes of the Navy League.
Hotel Registration:
Hotel rates from March 3-4, 2017 set at $145 per night plus tax. Guests can call the hotel directly at (503) 221-0711 or 855-819-2921 and ask for the “Navy League rate”. Parking for our group is Complimentary. Please register for your rooms early as we loose our room block on February 3rd.
Saturday Mar 4 
Hot Breakfast for Attendees on their own in the hotel Restaurant at a nominal cost of $7.99 per person
Registration  8:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies 9:00-10:00 AM (Includes Colorguard, Pledge, Anthem, Invocation) Welcome from Region President followed by remarks from National President Skip Witunski who will provide a Navy League Status Report and discuss the importance of the Local Councils to the Navy League.
Sessions: 
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Membership, Growing Council Leadership, Community Affiliates
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Council Communications and Social Media. Councils please bring Council Newsletters to share.
Lunch: 12:30 PM – 2:00 Guest speaker (invited)
2:15 PM – 3:15 PM Youth Programs
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Fund Raising
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Best Practices and wrapup. Councils be prepared to speak about your two Best Practices.
Saturday Dinner 
Registration: 6:00 PM
Social Hour: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Dinner Ceremonies: 7:15 PM
Dinner Service Begins: 7:30 PM
Dinner Keynoter:
No Host Bar
Posted by: arbeam | January 20, 2017

2017 Officers and Board of Directors

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The 2017 Officers and Directors were elected at the January 10th Annual Business meeting.

Officers
President Alan Beam
Vice President Steve Westover
Vice President Robert Lamb
Secretary Larry Tellinghuisen
Treasurer David Ellingson
Judge Advocate Bob Battin
Past President Tim Katona

Board of Directors
Larry Salter      Mike Spence      Helen Miller
Byron Faber     Neva Lamb         Cynthia Martin
George Rose    Ruth Bond          Joe Hulsey
Jerry Logan      Tom Danaher     Kevin Staub
Jack James       Frank Portello    Pat Faber

Posted by: arbeam | January 19, 2017

Spring Tour Planning

Feb 15 Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific Tour (Note the Date Change) This Tour is full.

March 30Boeing Renton 737 Final Assembly and P-8 Installation and Checkout Facility  12:30 PM – 4:00 PM The Boeing 737 and P-8 tour is an unusual opportunity.  We are limited to 25 guests.

April possible sub tour

May 19NAVMAG Indian Island at 9 AM

June 8US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU)

Boeing P-8 Tour

Boeing-p-8The P-8 Poseidon is a militarized version of the Boeing 737 single-aisle jetliner hardened for maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions. The P-8 replaces the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol turboprop aircraft. It is designed to operate at extremely low altitudes over the ocean during close-in searches for potentially hostile submarines. The P-8A is designed to withstand the rigors of low-altitude turbulence and exposure to salt spray.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes employees assemble the P-8 aircraft — which are based on the company’s Next-Generation 737 commercial airplane — in Renton, Wash. Following final assembly, the P-8s make a short flight to Boeing Field. Inside a new facility, Defense, Space & Security employees will complete systems installation and testing prior to customer delivery.

Boeing is using a proven in-line production process to efficiently design and build the aircraft. All aircraft modifications unique to the P-8 are made in sequence during fabrication and assembly. Implementing established best practices and common, commercial production-system tools enables the team to reduce flow time and cost while ensuring quality.

The P-8 is built by a Boeing-led industry team that includes CFM International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Spirit AeroSystems, GE Aviation and BAE Systems.

The Navy P-8 Squadrons are stationed at NAS Whidbey Island and NAS Jacksonville FL.

Navmag Indian Island

USNS Wally Schirra (L), USNS Carl Brashear (R) loading at NavMag Indian Island

NAVMAG is one of two West Coast ports upgraded for the efficient trans-shipment of containerized ammunition in the event of mobilization. The Department of Defense’s largest crane is at the Indian Island ammunition pier.

 

 

 

US Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor (MFPU Bangor)

08subbeingescortedouttoseaMFPU Bangor provides protective escort to SSBNs leaving for or returning from deployment. The MFPU is one of two units that were established in 2007; the other unit operates out of Naval Base Kings Bay GA.

Because the US Navy does not have law enforcement authority a unique arrangement was made with the USCG in that, while the 150 personnel in the MFPU  are members of the Coast Guard and their boats have Coast Guard paint and markings, all assets are actually owned by the Navy.  And all costs, including for personnel, are paid for by the Navy.

There are four types of boat used in SSBN escort service.  The largest is the 250′ blocking vessel.  Then there is the 87′ reaction vessel, next a 64′ large screening vessel and finally the 33′ small screening vessel (which is made by SAFE Boats in Bremerton).  Each type is used every time as a Security Package.

Please let me know if you want to attend.  The last 2 tours have been oversubscribed, so it is good to get your notice in first before the slots are gone. When I get particulars about security requirements and time & place to meet, I will let the folks who sign up know.  US citizenship is required.

Byron

Email: byfaber@centurytel.net
Home: 360-638-1235
Cell: 360-434-1144

Posted by: arbeam | January 19, 2017

Jan 6: Tour of the USS Nimitz

nimitz-tour

Our day began with meeting with not only Captain Ring and his wife in the hanger deck, but also the incoming CO, Capt Lenox, who will take over the Nimitz on Jan 12. After welcoming remarks, we went to the CO’s in port cabin, which has a lot of memorabilia related to the career of Admiral Nimitz from WWII.

Captain Ring gave us a very nice explanation of the battle of Midway in June of 1942, which was one of the decisive events in the war, and one of the early great American victories, and one in which Adm Nimitz was involved.

Our next stop was flight deck control, where we got a great explanation of how the ship’s personnel keep track of where each individual aircraft is positioned on board at any time. There are clever ways they indicate which ones need fuel, ordinance, maintenance, etc. If an aircraft has a problem with it’s arresting hook, they can erect a net quickly across the deck to stop it when it lands.

We next went up to the bridge, where the ship is driven. The Captain told us about how the ship is operated, how the replenishment of supplies is handled, how navigation is done, and many more items. He very patiently answered all our questions. One of the many things that were impressive was about the fuel transfer to the carrier. Of course, since it is nuclear powered, there is no need to refuel the ship, but the do need to bring aboard aviation fuel for flight ops. The ship carries millions of gallons of aviation fuel. He indicated that it takes about a mile to come to a complete stop.

Next we went up one story to the Air Boss space, which is in the “island” right above the Captain’s Bridge. They told us that the new Joint Strike Fighters operate from this ship. They can recover a plane approximately once a minute & launch one approximately every 30 seconds.

Our next stop was the fo’c’s’le, where the anchor chain is stored. Each link is 360 lbs and the each anchor is 30 tons. Capt Ring told us that it isn’t the anchor that holds the ship in place, but the weight of the chain that is let out to rest on the ocean bottom.

We then toured some of the berthing areas. The bunks for the enlisted below E6 are stacked high. They have limited storage space, just a small locker & the small compartment beneath their mattress.. There is a little more space for the higher enlisted ranks & officers.

We passed through the mess decks, where we were told that they serve 15,000 meals per day.

After a nice stop by the ship’s store, where we bought ship’s logo items, we went to a delicious buffet lunch in one of the officer’s eating areas.

Capt Ring noted that the ship & it’s personnel are definitely a part of the Kitsap community. About 1500 of the ship’s families live in Kitsap. The sailors are involved in a lot of community relations activities, including building houses for Habitat for Humanity, working in local soup kitchens, helping with the Kitsap Humane Society, and serving meals at the Veteran’s Home.

Just with their presence on station, they served as a deterrent against adverse behavior by the Syrian government during their last deployment.

All in all, it was a tremendous tour, arranged by LCDR Theresa Donnelly of the media department. She & her staff were stellar in providing us with a magnificent tour experience. We are very grateful to Capt Ring, LCDR Donnelly, Ens Meagan Morrison & MC2 Holly Herline for their kindness to us.

Posted by: arbeam | December 30, 2016

Jan 10: Annual Business Meeting

We will hold our Annual Business Meeting during our first luncheon of the year  scheduled to be held on jan 10, 2017 at the Trident Ballroom NBK Bangor at 11:30 AM. During that meeting we will report on our 2016 Activities and elect our Officers and Board for the year of 2017. The Nominating Committee lead by Neva Lamb has proposed the following slate of officers.

2017 Bremerton Officer Nomination List
President:                     Alan Beam
Vice President 1          Steve Westover
Vice President 2          Bob Lamb
Secretary:                     Larry Tellinghuesen
Treasurer:                    David Ellingson
JAG:                              Bob Battin

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.
  • 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.

Bremerton Bylaws Read More…

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BREMERTON, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) won a number of impressive awards in 2016 and ended the year by winning the most coveted honor among Navy installations: the Installation Excellence Award from Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC).

“The outstanding military personnel and civilians who work for Naval Base Kitsap as well as our incredible on base partner commands perform their duties exceptionally well every day,” said Capt. Alan Schrader, Commanding Officer, NBK. “The goal of our personnel has been and continues to be to excel while exceeding the expectations of our diverse customers. This award is confirmation of our team’s strong commitment to the people and commands we serve.”

Rear Adm. Gary Mayes, Commander, Navy Region Northwest (NRNW), stated in a message to military personnel and the workforce of NRNW, “I extend my personal appreciation to the entire NAVBASE KITSAP team for a job well done! Thank you all for your dedication and the positive reflection on your command.”

He continued, “Our tenants and their families have truly benefited from your time and efforts.”

The installation excellence award program recognizes the Navy’s top three large and small installations, and rewards installation performance in accordance with the command’s strategic goals and Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria for the DoD-wide Commander-in-Chief Installation Excellence Awards. The top award comes with $224,000 that can be spent on base beautification projects of the winning command’s choosing. Read More…

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