NAVY LEAGUE CELEBRATES USCG BIRTHDAY AT AUGUST 9 LUNCHEON

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USCG LogoThe Coast Guard is celebrating its 226th 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.

uscg_ensignOur Guest Speaker is Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt Commander Coast Guard District 13. The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council always dedicates our August luncheon to celebrate the Coast Guard birthday. Our luncheon on 9 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.

RADM_Butt USCG Dist 13Rear Admiral Mark E. Butt 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.

After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1982, Rear Admiral Butt first served aboard the USCGC SUNDEW in Duluth, Minnesota, followed by Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida. As a rotary-wing aviator, Rear Admiral Butt served operational tours of duty at Air Stations Borinquen, Puerto Rico; Astoria, Oregon; Port Angeles, Washington; and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Rear Admiral Butt’s command tours include Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Group and Air Station Humboldt Bay in Northern California as well as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Detroit, Michigan. To supplement his operational background, Rear Admiral Butt has served as the chief of the Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41), and most recently served as Deputy Commandant for Operational Policy and Capability located at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.

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 August 2.

  • 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 | July 16, 2016

A Brief Coast Guard History in the Pacific Northwest

uscg_ensignUnited States has always been a maritime nation.  During our fight for independence, many fortunes were made and lost by American privateers trying to get goods and people through the British blockades.  After winning the war, some of these privateers continued smuggling their goods into ports and coastal areas to avoid paying taxes.  The new nation realized that this needed revenue was important to help sustain a new government.

The Revenue Cutter Service founded on August 4, 1790, by the Tariff Act permitted construction of ten cutters and recruitment of 100 revenue officers.  From 1790, when the Continental Navy was disbanded, to 1798, when the United States Navy was created, the Revenue Cutter Service provided the only armed American presence on the sea.

Prior to the California Gold Rush very few settlers lived in the West.  In 1849, only an estimated 304 Americans lived north of the Oregon Territory.  By 1853 there were almost 4,000 inhabitants in our area and 50% lived in the Puget Sound area.  There was a brisk sea trade and a Customs Revenue Office was established first in Olympia and then in Port Townsend.

US Revenue Cutter Jefferson Davis

US Revenue Cutter Jefferson Davis

In 1854, the Treasury Department sent the Revenue Cutter, Jefferson Davis to Washington State.  The Jefferson Davis was a topsail Schooner built by J M Hood of Sommerset Massachusetts in 1883.  She was 94 ft 6in in length and 23 ft in breadth and 9 ft in depth at 176 Ton displacement.  Captain William C. Please, the youngest captain in the U.S, revenue Cutter Service, commanded a crew of 3 officers and 32 men.  The main port of operations for the Revenue Cutter Service was Port Townsend.  A nice model of a cutter is on display at the Kitsap County Historical Museum in Bremerton.

Soon the role of the cutter increased to transport troops involved in regional unrest with Native Americans and with the British, including the “Pig War” in the San Juan Islands.

Our current United States Coast Guard reflects an exciting history of prior organizations merging with the Coast Guard to broaden its scope of responsibilities.

For example, the United States Lighthouse Board was established in 1852.

The U.S. Lighthouse Service was organized by statue in 1910 and this group merged into the coast Guard in 1939.  On February 28, 1942, the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mt Baker and Dungeness Light - John Conniff

Mt Baker and Dungeness Light – John Conniff

Between 1852 and 1958, seven lighthouses were built in Oregon and Washington.  The first two were at Cape Disappointment and New Dungeness.  These beacons of light and sound provided warning to sailors during the many periods of limited visibility along our foggy, stormy coastline.  There are great stories of the lighthouse keepers and their families as they faced the many challenges of living in very isolated locations.

Lightship ColumbiaOther navigational aids were put in place such as the buoys in the Columbia River and Astoria Harbor.  There were also three lightships used to light the way in places where no lighthouse could be built.  These ships had to stay in position despite heavy gales and high seas.

In 1838, the Steamboat Inspection Service was established and an office in Portland opened in 1863.  By 1869, 152 vessels were inspected and 188 licenses were issued. Since 1942, inspection and licensing have become an integral part of our U.S. Coast Guard.

The United States Life-Saving Service was a United States government agency that grew out of private and local humanitarian efforts to save the lives of shipwrecked mariners and passengers.  It began in 1848 and ultimately merged with the U. S. Coast Guard in 1915.

The side wheel steamer Shubrick, first Lighthouse tender on the West Coast.

The side wheel steamer Shubrick, first Lighthouse tender on the West Coast.

The Coast Guard’s presence in Port Angeles began on August 1, 1862 with the arrival of the Revenue Cutter,  Shubrick. Ediz Hook level sand spit extending from the mainland north and east into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, was declared a federal Lighthouse Reservation by President Lincoln in 1863.  The fist lighthouse was commissioned on April 1, 1865. The Air Station was commissioned on June 1, 1935, becoming the fist permanent Coast Guard Air Station on the Pacific Coast.  Its location was chosen for its strategic position for coastal defense of the Northwest.  The first aircraft, a Douglas RD-4 amphibian, arrived on June 11, 1935 and flew the first “mercy hop” on August 1935.  The 75 ft patrol boats were also stationed at the new unit.

Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles

Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles

During WWII, the Air Station expanded to include a gunnery school training aerial gunners and local defense forces.  A short runway was added to train Navy pilots for carrier landings.  It also hosted independent units such as Naval Intelligence and was Headquarters of the Air Sea Rescue System for the Northwest Sea Frontier Area.  By the end of 1944, the Air Station had 29 aircraft assigned.

Big changes came to our local Coast Guard in 1920; the Volstead Act was passed as “an experiment to outlaw liquor in the United States.” The Coast Guard is essentially the only maritime military service with law enforcement authority of American citizens.  The long unprotected border with Canada and our many inlets and passages provided ample opportunities for rum running. For thirteen years, the Coast Guard needed to focus on this illegal smuggling, but the positive result was that it brought much needed additional resources.

National Motor Lifeboat School

National Motor Lifeboat School

In order to accomplish the Coast Guard’s missions in the Pacific Northwest, the Thirteenth District is home to approximately 1,746 active duty, 133 civilian, and 456 reserve personnel, three Sectors, two Air Stations, a Marine Safety Unit, a Maritime Force Protection Unit, 15 multi-mission small boat stations, four Aids to Navigation Teams, 12 patrol boats, and three Aids to Navigation Cutters. In addition to maintaining operational control over all Coast Guard activities in the district, The Coast Guard District is responsible for cultivating efficient and effective relationships with numerous other federal, state, and local agencies, elected officials, the tribal nations located in the Pacific Northwest, and with the Coast Guard’s international counterparts.

The United Coast Guard continues to grow and assume more responsibilities.  Each time we have the opportunity to tour a Coast Guard command or meet with the wonderful young men and women of the Coast Guard, we are impressed with their dedication, their spirit and their knowledge.

Semper Paratus

 

 

 

The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62) transits Elliott Bay during a parade of ships to kickoff Seafair week

Spend a Day Underway on a Navy Ship!

Seattle Navy League has gone to great Lengths to obtain 25 Navy League ship ride quotas for the Parade of Ships on Tuesday 2 August 2016. This ride opportunity is not open to the Public.

The riders will embark the ships early  (8:00?) Tuesday morning at Naval Base Everett.  We are guessing that the ships will get underway about 9:00. We do not know which Ship we will be assigned USS Somerset or USS Gridley, but we suspect it will be USS Somerset as it is larger. There will be some nominal charge ($20?) for lunch onboard.

The Parade of Ships will take place on Elliott Bay at 1:00PM, accompanied by Seattle Fireboats spraying water and a Blue Angel overflight.  The ships will moor around 3:00 Gridley at Pier 66 and Somerset at Pier 90.

Transportation to and from the departure point is not included, and nearby parking is limited so public transportation is recommended.

Participants will be able to tour the ship, which include walking through passageways and climbing ladders. For safety reasons, participant must meet certain physical requirements such as the ability to walk or stand on steel decks for several hours, the ability to climb steep and narrow stairwells and ladders, and non-dependence on such items likes canes, crutches, walkers or casts.

We will get you the proper forms and more details when we get them. This is a tremendous opportunity to actually get underway. If you are interested in riding please contact Alan Beam (bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com) Cell: 360-440-2812  as soon as possible.

Posted by: arbeam | July 9, 2016

Aug 2- Aug 8: Seattle Seafair Fleet Week

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seafair-fleet-week cropSeafair 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 30
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Seattle Fairgrounds down 4th Ave to Downtown
Description:
Seafair Torchlight FanFest

The day kicks off with the Seafair Torchlight FanFest, where people visit booths and interactive exhibits from our partners starting at Noon on the lawn outside Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. The Alaska Airlines Entertainment Stage will preview of some of the most exciting bands and drill teams in the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade! Guests can enjoy a beer in the Beer Garden and the sights and sounds of live entertainment on the lawn and the stage all day.

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade

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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.

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Title: Parade Of Ships

Date: Tuesday 2 Aug
Location: Elliott Bay
Time:  1:00 PM

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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 Somerset (LPD-25)USS Somerset (LPD-25) Commissioned March 2014, Homeported in San Diego, The ship is named after the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11 attacks of 2001

USS Gridley (DDG-101)USS Gridley (DDG-101) Commissioned Feb 2007, Homeported in San Diego, Scheduled to change Homeport to Everett this Fall.

USCGC ActiveUSCGC Active (WMEC-618) Commissioned Sept 1966. Home Ported Port Angeles.

HMCS Saskatoon MM-709HMCS Saskatoon (MM-709) Commissioned in Sep 1998, Homeported in Esquimaly BC.

 

Title: 2016 SNL Eagles & Anchors Reception “Fleet Night at the Mariner’s “
Date: Tuesday Aug 2
Time: Gates open at 5:10 PM
Location: Mariner Field “Outside Corner” Reception

Fleet Week West

Description: Seattle Navy League Reception at SAFECO the Mariner’s vs the Boston Red Sox game. Our Guests of Honor – Officers & Chiefs of the Fleet

Our reception will end in time for all of us to watch our Mariners play the Boston Red Sox You will receive a 300 level ticket to the game, entrée to the “Outside Corner” where we will hold our Reception and Welcome our Guests of Honor (no host bar)

Cost:
Local Sea Services members that would like to attend the game, will be able to purchase a $12 ticket
Civilians interested in joining us for our Reception (which will include a ticket to the game) is welcome at a cost of $75 per person. $85.00 after Friday July 29, 2016

RegisterClick here

Email: Jeff Davis
Seattle Navy League
(360) 516-8085
rsvp@navyleagueseattle.org

Title: Ship Tours 
Date: Wednesday, August 3 to Sunday, August 7, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Location:
Pier 66 USS Gridley (DDG-101)
USCGC Active (WMEC -618) (Wed Only)
Pier 69 HMCS Saskatoon (MM-709)
Pier 90 USS Somerset LPD-25 (No tours on Saturday)

Seafair Ship Tours

Description: Come aboard a Canadian or United States Navy or United States Coast Guard vessel. Walk through passageways, climb ladders, tour the different decks and get a real taste of life at sea. Ship tours are free and open to the public. The Ships will get underway Monday morning Aug 8.

Comments: When arriving for public tours, all visitors will be required to present a photo ID and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. All visitors are subject to search prior to entering the security zone. Visitors are encouraged to bring as few items as possible when arriving for their tour and are recommended to wear flat-heeled, closed-toe shoes.

Prohibited items aboard include the following:

  • Weapons, including knives, firearms and club weapons
  • Defensive chemicals or sprays, including mace and pepper spray; spray cans of any type
  • Fireworks, flammable liquids or other explosives
  • Illegal drugs, to include marijuana, and/or drug-related paraphernalia
  • Large bags, including backpacks and large camera bags (small camera bags and small handbags may be permitted, but will be subject to search)

Title: SNL Sea Services Luncheon
Date: Friday Aug 5
Time: 11:45 AM
Location: Bell Harbor Conference Center

SNL Sea Service Luncheon

Description: Seattle Navy League hosts, honors and awards about 50 Sailors, Coast Guard, Canadian Navy and Marine’s SOY’s / EPOY’s. Speaker Vadm Ted Carter Superintendent Us Naval Academy.

Cost: Civilian $45/ person
Sign up Procedures:
Preferred Way to RegisterClick Here
By email: rsvp@navyleagueseattle.org

If you need assistance or prefer to RSVP by phone, please call: Jeff Davis at ManTech: 360-516-8085

Send check by mail, payable to:
NLUS, Seattle Council
Attn: Diane Jaffa
PO Box 16171
Seattle, WA 98116

SPACE IS LIMITED – Please RSVP with payment no Later than July 27th, 2016

Event: THIRD Fleet Reception
Date: Saturday Aug 6
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:Pier 90
Description: Invitations to this event will come from THIRD Fleet

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

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Description: One of the most impressive air shows in the country, the Boeing Seafair Air Show returns in 2016 with more exciting acts and daring aerial maneuvers than ever before!

The Boeing Seafair Air Show Features:

  • -the U.S. Navy Blue Angels
  • -Flying Heritage Collection

Jet Blast Bash Festival Features Blue Angels Thunder

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Seafair airplanes, bands, food, beer, and family activities all weekend Aug. 5-7

Blue Angels Flight Line

The Museum celebrates Seafair weekend Aug. 5-7 with Jet Blast Bash, an all-day outdoor family festival right on the Blue Angels’ flight line. The Bash is simply the best place in town for the Blue Angels’ thunderous takeoffs and dramatic landings. The festival offers food, drink, live entertainment and airplanes both static and furious.

Date: Friday, August 5, 2016 – – Sunday, August 7, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Seattle Museum of Flight

The crew flies toward Mt. Adams for the search and rescue. (photo cred: AWS1 Joshua Vest)

The crew flies toward Mt. Adams for the search and rescue. (photo cred: AWS1 Joshua Vest)

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash. – A Search and Rescue (SAR) team of five from Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island conducted a rescue mission on Mount Adams, in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington, on Sunday, July 3rd, 2016.

The crew launched at 1:03 p.m. in response to a call for a 55-year-old-man who had fallen and suffered a leg injury while hiking at approximately 7,200 feet. It took an hour and 20 minutes to make it to the scene where the crew established communications with the United States Forest Service (USFS) Park Rangers who were on location with the injured man. After approximately 15 minutes of searching and talking to the Park Rangers, the crew found the injured hiker and began conducting power checks.

After establishing that there would be enough power to continue, the Crew Chief called the pilots into position along a shoulder of the mountain and rappelled the SAR Medical Technician (SMT) and the Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman (HIRA) down to assess the condition of the survivor and prepare him for transfer. Once the SMT and HIRA were safely on the ground, the rest of the crew departed to land in a nearby clearing to conserve fuel and await the call for pick-up. On deck with the survivor, the SMT and HIRA repacked the open lower-leg fracture, stabilized it with a rigid splint, and then padded everything with dressings for the lift into the helicopter.

Once the SMT and HIRA called for pick-up, the Crew Chief again called the pilots into position for the hoist recoveries. The HIRA was hoisted up first, so he could help bring the survivor into the helicopter, due to the condition of the hiker’s leg. While the pilots held as steady hover as possible, the Crew Chief, HIRA, and SMT worked in concert to meticulously bring the hiker into the helicopter. Once everyone was back onboard, the crew departed the mountain for transit to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, Wash., where they transferred the survivor to higher care. The crew then headed to Portland International Airport to refuel before making the journey back to NAS Whidbey Island.

“The entire crew did a great job of taking our time today to make sure that all of the right decisions were made,” said Hospital Corpsman First Class Wayne Papalski. “We analyzed every problem and were able to effectively rescue a hiker in need.”

This was the 11th rescue of 2016 for NAS Whidbey Island SAR, which has also conducted three searches and seven Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) missions this year.

The Navy SAR unit operates three MH-60S helicopters from NAS Whidbey Island as search and rescue platforms for the EA-18G aircraft as well as other squadrons and personnel assigned to the installation. The base also has an agreement to assist Washington State and the surrounding areas with medical evacuations and search and rescue activities if other assets are unavailable.

Posted by: arbeam | July 3, 2016

Jun 24: US Coast Guard Seattle Tour Report

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CG_Puget_Sound_LogoOn June 24, 2016 a group of Navy League members and guests assembled in the lobby of the VTS/JHOC building at the US Coast Guard base in Seattle for a tour. We were met there by Laird (Larry) Hail (a Coast Guard retiree and member of our council) who is now the director at Vessel Traffic Service Puget Sound. He escorted us upstairs for a comprehensive and interesting briefing on overall Coast Guard operations and specifically the VTS. We were also introduced to the just arrived new Deputy Commander Sector Puget Sound Capt. Linda Sturgis. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | July 3, 2016

Captain’s Log: USS Bremerton’s Deployment

Aloha Bremerton Supporters –

I write this Captain’s Log entry a little more than two weeks after we returned from USS Bremerton’s 15th deployment. The deployment was long, but very fulfilling. I was pleased to see the results of the hard work that each crewmember had put in during the pre-deployment period. I wish that you could see the great things that the crew did during the deployment. You should be proud of them. I know that I am.

Bremerton left Pearl Harbor in mid-December and transited westbound to our first port visit in Okinawa, spending the Christmas holiday there. The crew enjoyed the visit, exploring sights and activities in Okinawa ranging from the downtown markets in Naha, to the sights and sounds of the “American Village” outside Kadena Air Force Base. We got underway shortly before the New Year.

The Bad Fish moored at the Navy Pier in White Beach, Okinawa – December 2015.

The Bad Fish moored at the Navy Pier in White Beach, Okinawa – December 2015.

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JackJames lgOur July 12 Luncheon Speaker Jack James Bremerton Navy League’s Director of Youth Programs. He works with our NJROTC units, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts and the YMCA. He also serves as a Seal Team Legacy Recruiter.

Jack graduated from Bremerton’s West High School. He was a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet with the Yorktown Division in Bremerton. He enlisted in the Navy in 1972 and graduated from the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) training in February 1973. Jack was commissioned in 1981, and has a Masters Degree in Strategic Intelligence. Jack retired in 2007 after 35 years with the SEAL Teams.

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 July 5.

  • 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 | July 1, 2016

USS Washington Captain’s Log: Jun 30 2016

CDR SchneiderUSS Washington CrestGreetings from Newport News, Virginia. Here is the latest update on the WASHINGTON and her crew. With the Christening and launch behind us, the crew is now focused on preparations for sea trials. The Navigators are verifying their electronic charts and ensuring the gyros are in top condition. The Engineer’s are making preparations for critical reactor plant operations after having testing all the steam systems. The Weaponeers will be conducting torpedo room operations shortly, moving shapes or simulated weapons. All these events will culminate in the crew certification and fast cruise. For those not familiar with crew certification and fast cruise, these events are the final Submarine Squadron certifications prior to sea trials where the crew simulates taking the ship to sea for trials.

Another key event in the coming months is certification for habitability. During the habitability certification, the boat is inspected to ensure berthing will support the crew and all the messing facilities (ovens, freezers, milk dispensers, etc.) are sanitary and working properly. After that time, the crew can move aboard. But not until the ship’s networks are moved onto the boat. These days many cannot live without their smart phones. Similarly, we do much of our business with our computer systems.

The construction phase of the boat is coming to a close and system testing and validation is in full swing. During this phase the crew takes a larger role in the new construction process, operating and checking the systems to ensure they perform as designed. The crew continues to be a shining star in this process. Working alongside their shipyard counterparts, they are getting fully acclimated to the new technology and systems WASHINGTON and other Virginia Class submarines bring to the fight.

I would like to specifically highlight recent accomplishments of two sailors who visited Washington last November. EMN1 (SS) Perry Benzschawel, past sailor of the year, was recently selected for Commissioning as a Limited Duty Officer, to occur in 2017. Additionally, LT Eric Stromme was selected into the second cohort of the Secretary of the Navy’s Tours with Industry program. He will be conducting his tour with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Additionally, Mr. and Mrs. Faber, representing the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Navy League, recently visited the crew and recognized the accomplishments of our current sailor of the year, STS1 (SS/DV) Mark Maynard. I cannot thank the Washington State community enough for exceptional support and recognition.

Christening officials

The Secretary of the Navy has approved the commissioning of the USS Washington on 7 January 2017 at 11:00AM EDT at Naval Base Norfolk VA. The commissioning committee is developing the invitation list of those interested in attending the ceremony. This needs to be forwarded to the Navy in August. If you are interested in attending please email: bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com by 1 Aug.

Requested Commissioning Invitation Data:

1. Prefix ( Dr, Lt, Mrs, etc.)
2. Last Name
3. First Name
4. Middle Initial
5. Suffix (Jr, Sr)
6. Government Branch (USN, USMC)
7. Title  (Commanding Officer, President)
8. Company (Raytheon, USS Bremerton)
9. Street Address
10. City
11. State
12. Zip
13. Organization (Navy League, Naval Submarine League)

 

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