What started off as a Navy Chili Cook Off grew into a full blown Culinary Arts Exposition. It draws contestants from all services throughout the state including teams from Joint Base Lewis McChord JBLM), Naval Base Kitsap(NBK), Naval Base Everett(NSE), Naval Air Station Whidbey Island(NASWI), Naval Hospital Bremerton(NHB), USS Chester Nimitz,  USS Maine, Washington State National Guard, and Olympic College Veterans.

The featured event is a Battling Chefs Competition where teams have to compose a menu, cook and present a meal with each dish incorporating the secret selected ingredients (Lamb, Gala Apple, Quinoa, and Golden Beets). This year’s winner was the Olympic College Veterans.



One of the advantages to the Crews that enter is the feedback given by the professional chef judges on the aspects go the meal and it’s presentation. ” One of the functions of the Garnish is to counter something in the dish, not just decoration on the plate” (Chef Christopher Plemmons, Director of Culinary Arts at Olympic College.


Awards were given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each category, as well as medal presented for the first place winner in each class. Judges graded on a one to ten scale. Each dish was presented and then judged on general appearance; presentation and creativity; display of skill; most originality; and taste and texture.

Chili- 1. USS Maine, 2. USS Nimitz, 3. NASWI
Ribs- 1. Nimitz Team 8, 2. NASWI Team 11, 3. NHB Team 2
Wings – 1. NASWI 2. NBK team 9 3. NBK Team 1
Cake Chocolate – 1. NASWI  2. NBK 3. JBLM Army Team 1
Cake Vanilla – 1. USS Nimitz, 2. NBK, 3. JBLM Army
Hor D’oeuvers – 1. NASWI, 2. JBLM Army Team 2,  3. JBLM Air Force Team4
Dessert 1. JBLM team3 2. JBLM Team 4, 3. USS Nimitz
Garnish – NASWI Team 4, 2. NASWI Team 5, 3. JBLM Team 1
Battling Chefs -1. Olympic College Veterans 2. NBK Team 5,  3. JBLM

Overall – Best in Show NAS Whidbey Island.

Best in show and then some…Navy Culinary Specialists representing Naval Air Station Whidbey Island were awarded the overall ‘Best in  Show’ category for their inclusive showing at the 2018 Armed Forces Festival Military Culinary Arts Competition held May 5, 2018 at Bremerton’s Olympic College, in conjunction with the Armed Forces Day Parade (Official Navy photo by Douglas H Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs).






Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Apr 29: Tour of the USS Bremerton

What a privilege & honor it is to be a member of Navy League!!  The amazing experiences we get to share!  We deeply appreciate the association we’ve had with the SUPERIOR officers & crew of the Bad Fish over the years.

Our last trip down the metal ladder into the USS Bremerton was both rejoicing & heartbreaking.  Our hands touched the spots on the ladder where hundreds of young hands had also touched.

We had an outstanding tour from LCDR Greg Crosby, but it seemed a lot to ask of him at such a significant time.  It is probably one of his last guided tours of this boat.  His professional ability was so evident as he told us the workings of the control room, torpedo room, machinery spaces, berthing areas, crew’s mess, wardroom, etc.  It was as if we were new recruits, seeing it all for the first time.  What a natural born leader Greg Crosby is.  We’d have followed him, just from his competence & confidence alone.

We all felt the sadness of the Bremerton’s service life drawing to an end.   As we stood in the main control room, we looked around at the diving plane controls, knowing she would never dive again, at the periscope, knowing that she’d never spot another vessel again, at the sonar that would forever be quiet, at the maps, knowing that she’d never chart a new course and travel the world again.

We’ve had the distinct pleasure of going on sub tours before, but this was more of a “goodbye tour”.

I have never had the honor of serving on a sub before, but we can all speak of bereavement, like when you hold your parent’s hand the last time or put down a favorite pet.

As we turned away for the last time, we looked back at the spots of rust on her conning tower & the seaweed on her hull & imagined that beautiful black primered body of a MAGNIFICENT & powerful warship as if she were new.

The Bremerton will always be a beloved memory and have a special place  in thousands of people’s minds & hearts.  Whether you were lucky enough to serve upon her or were family or friends with someone aboard, the hard work of her crews through the many years of service will always make us proud.   Proud to have been a part of her life & proud to be an American.  – Pat Faber



Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

USS Bremerton Arrival Photos







An energetic crowd was on hand to greet the USS Bremerton on her arrival at NBK Bremerton on Apr 27.  The group included the Bremerton Mayor, family, Plank Owner John Scanlan , ex crew members, Navy League, Naval Submarine League, SubVets (USSVI) and the Navy Band.

Also on hand to meet the sub were four former commanding officers, Capt Tom Zwolfer CO #11, Capt Jerry Logan CO #10, Adopting Mayor Patty Lent,  Cdr Travis Zettel Current CO # 15, Capt Alan Beam CO #3 and Capt Tom Anderson Commissioning CO# 1. These members form the nucleus of the USS Bremerton Decommissioning Committee.


Plank Owners Anderson and Scanlan

Mayor Wheeler and Cdr Zettel



Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Apr 27: USS Bremerton Arrival at NBK Bremerton

Completing 37 years of service USS Bremerton (SSN-698), the longest serving submarine in the Force, arrived at NBK Bremerton to commence the inactivation process.  Always pushing the envelop USS Bremerton deployed to her first homeport of Pearl Harbor by way of an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning. She completed her 15th and last deployment on 10 April 2018.

Bremerton embarked the Commissioning Commanding Officer Captain Thomas Anderson for the final voyage.  He had the honor of issuing the first order to dive and the final order to surface. Covering the Alphabet from A to Z, Anderson  was the first CO and Cdr Travis Zettel was the last.

Following a brief stand down to move families, Bremerton will enter Puget Sound Naval Shipyard to begin the inactivation process which involves defueling,   decommissioning and ultimately recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

Captain Schrader Awarded 2018 Thunderbird Award

Every year, the Bremerton Chamber honors leaders in our community with the Thunderbird, or Hyas Tyee awards.  The past-presidents of the Chamber come up with suggestions for the award, and the Board of Directors votes to approve the list.  In a community rich with volunteers and leaders, the challenge is not in finding enough people to honor, but to pare the list down to only 4 or 5 honorees. This year’s Thunderbird is  Captain Alan Schrader Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap.



180326-N-UK333-189 PACIFIC OCEAN (March 26, 2008) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) off the coast of California. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Program’s demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine’s strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/Released)

SAN DIEGO — The Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739) along with the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) conducted successful test flights of two Trident II D5 Missiles, March 26. The unarmed test missiles were launched as part of Demonstration and Shakedown Operation (DASO) 28 in the Pacific Test Range off the coast of Southern California.

The missiles were launched as a double mission test and were the key element of DASO 28, which marked the 166th and 167th successful test flights of the Trident II D5 missile since its introduction to the Fleet in 1989. The primary objective of the DASO is to evaluate and demonstrate the readiness of the SSBN’s strategic weapon system and crew before operational deployment following midlife refueling overhaul. Read More…

During the month of March this year I had the privilege of going to San Diego, Ca.to represent our Navy League Council and  attend the DASO-28, and which is the firing of a Trident missile from the USS Nebraska off of the coast of California.

It was indeed a cold morning March at 0300hrs when I got up and dressed to go to the Point Loma Naval facility in San Diego where everyone that was attending the missile shoot was to meet no later than 0530hrs at the Navy Gateway Inn located on the Port Loma base.

Approx 0545hrs nearly 200 of us lucky people boarded Navy buses from the Gate Way Inn to be transported to the Port Loma docks to board the USNS Waters, a 475 foot Naval ship that does submarine navigation research and submerged launch support and tracking of the missiles.  It is under the operation control of the Military Sealift Command and is operated by DOD civilian personal.

Upon pulling away from the docks in San Diego the group was broken down into smaller groups where Navy personal from the USS Nebraska Gold were assigned to be tour guides for our groups as we attended the shoot.  The USS Nebraska Blue were going to conduct the shoot for this day.   We had a light breakfast as we headed out to sea and instructions as to what was going to happen when we took up a position of observation.  We were advised over the speaker system that today the USS Nebraska was going to launch two missiles, First launching was to be a 1330hrs and the second was to be launched approx 2 hours later. Read More…

Posted by: arbeam | May 7, 2018

May 8: Luncheon Speaker Guy Stitt President AMI

Our May Luncheon Speaker is Navy League Past President Guy Stitt. Guy is the President of AMI International Naval Analysts and Advisors. He is a nationally known expert in Foreign Navy Programs. He will be presenting on Navy developments in the Pacific and the South China Sea.
Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor
Posted by: arbeam | April 21, 2018

Welcome Home USS Bremerton (SSN-698)

USS  Bremerton is underway enroute to NBK Bremerton for Decommissioning. She has onboard Captain Thomas Anderson, the Commissioning Commanding Officer, accompanying CDR Travis Zettel for the final journey. One could say we have the CO’s covered from A to Z. Bremerton  began her career by deploying to her Homeport in Pearl Harbor via an Indian Ocean deployment three and a half months after commissioning.  Active to the end Bremerton completed it’s last frontline deployment to Westpac on 10 Apr, 2018.  Bremerton is scheduled to arrive at NBK BremertonPier D at 5PM on Friday 27 April. If you are interested in greeting the sub on arrival please contact bremertonnavyleague@gmail.com, Subject 698 Pier D 698 Access.

We have scheduled an Arrival Reception for 6PM Monday 30 Apr 2018 at the Kitsap Conference Center Marina Vista Room (100 Washington Ave, Bremerton WA 98337). This Reception is open to the public, please come out and say Welcome Home!

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