Posted by: arbeam | July 10, 2017

Tour Planning Update

Here are the upcoming tours.  There are openings for all of them.
July 14 – 9:45 AM SAFE Boats International at Bremerton Airport, then lunch at the Airport diner. Meet at the Safe Boats parking lot 8800 SW Barney White RDBremerton, WA 98312. SAFE Boats International (SAFE) is an aluminum boat manufacturer and leading supplier to military, federal, state and local law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies throughout North America and around the world.
Aug 9USS Buffalo (SSN-715)  USS Buffalo is the newest arrival at PSNS and is awaiting decommissioning after 34 years of active service.

 

 

 

Sept 7 at 8 AM NUWC Keyport Division. Meet at the Naval Undersea Museum parking lot. Keyport provides Fleet readiness support for submarines, surface ships, torpedoes, mines, land attack systems, and Fleet training systems. Support services we provide includes inservice engineering, test and evaluation, custom engineered solutions, and cutting-edge technologies in undersea warfare.

 

Oct 19 – USS John C Stennis (CVN-74)  
Jan 2018 – San Diego Navy base, ship & SEAL training center – waiting for them to confirm dates Probably a 3 day event to include the USS Midway and harbor tour.

 

 

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

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Posted by: arbeam | July 10, 2017

USS Bremerton Captain’s Log: Jun 27 2017


It has been six months since my last CO log entry.  Since the New Year BREMERTON has been working hard; two thirds of this time has been at sea and the other third addressing material readiness in support of our upcoming deployment.

BREMERTON has been poked and prodded by multiple inspection teams since January and I am happy to report, the crew has performed well each step of the way.  Material, tactical, logistics and engineering readiness have all been inspected by our type and fleet commanders and BREMERTON has been evaluated at standards or above standards in each area.  One mission area that is often overlooked, but that I am particularly proud of is how our people centered programs have fared as compared to our peers; command programs that focus directly on the sailors’ advancement and well being.  Over the last two advancement cycles, BREMERTON has surpassed the fleet average in advancement and leads the waterfront in numbers advanced.  Last quarter alone we advanced half of our sailors eligible.  I attribute our success to a couple dedicated First Class Petty Officers (Command Career Counselor and the Education Services Officer) and the Chief’s Quarters who have made it a mission to raise their Sailors’ individual level of knowledge.

July 22nd of this year BREMERTON becomes the longest serving nuclear powered submarine in US history, surpassing the USS Kamehameha at 36 years and 4 months young.  After our 2016 deployment, this “American Classic” was starting to show her age; rust began to show through and Special Hull Treatment (SHT) began to peel away.  Unsatisfied with the state of BREMERTON’s condition, a dedicated group of deck division sailors took charge.  No weekend or holidays were spared in returning BREMERTON to her former glory.  Over a short two-month maintenance availability, significant blood, sweat and tears were expended in needle gunning, wire brushing, priming and painting BREMERTON and fairing damaged SHT.  BREMERTON is now the envy of the waterfront and I can say she doesn’t look a day over 20.

As I type this log, BREMERTON quietly sails beneath the waves of the Pacific, preparing, for what we believe to be, her final deployment.  The salty understand the challenges that are in store for them over the next 12 months.  The pollywogs prepare only with baited anticipation, curious to know if they are tough enough to endure struggles of sustained at-sea operations; weeks to months without sunlight and only powdered eggs.  Regardless of experience, the men of BREMERTON prepare for deployment selflessly; knowing their sacrifice of six months of freedom is a small price to pay to preserve our way of life as Americans.

V/R

Travis Zettel
CDR, USN
Commanding Officer
USS BREMERTON (SSN-698)

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Posted by: arbeam | June 23, 2017

Jul 11: Luncheon Speaker Vadm Bruce McDonald

Bruce MacDonald is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as the 40th Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy from July 2006 to August 2009. Prior to that, MacDonald served as the Navy’s Deputy Judge Advocate General and Commander, Naval Legal Service Command from November 2004 to July 2006. Over his 31 year Navy career, he served in numerous operational and international law assignments, both at home and abroad.  He retired from the Navy in October, 2009.

Vadim’s presentation is particularly timely in view of the recent USS Fitzgerald Collision. His presentation is entitled “Leadership and Teamwork: A Case Study – USS GREENEVILLE Collision with the Japanese M/V EHIME MARU”. Admiral MacDonald was the Counsel for the Investigating Officer for the incident and has many insights, especially the leadership aspects.

In March, 2010, MacDonald was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and served for three years as Convening Authority for the Office of Military Commissions.  He joined Applied Technical Systems, a data analytics, management and software development services company, in April 2013, where he served as its President and Chief Executive Officer until June 2016.

MacDonald graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  He received his degree of Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1987 and his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1992.

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before May 2.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

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Posted by: arbeam | June 12, 2017

NavMag Indian Island Tour: May 19 2017

 

The morning of our tour, with only five participants, we easily fit into one of the Navy’s vans. Bill Kalina, the base environmental manager, drove us to many sites, explaining the history & function of various areas, as well as innovative ecological practices initiated here & then adopted at bases around the world.

Our initial briefing by the CO, Commander Nick Vande Griend, was at the WWII headquarters building. The 2700 acre island was purchased by the Navy in 1939 in preparation for the conflict which could be seen on the horizon. The building was solidly built & very useful today. When sailors manned the base full time, the building contained a 2 lane bowling alley (which is still there-but not currently operational), a galley and pub, game rooms, laundry facilities and offices. There is even some mural artwork, painted during 1942, showing the activities of the Navy & Marine Corps personnel. We really enjoyed the knowledge and humor of the CO, who said this was probably the last tour of his career, since his next step is retirement, hopefully locally.

They can fully load an aircraft carrier in 10 hours. They store ordnance from .22 shells to Tomahawk missiles. They load directly onto warships or on to transports which will replenish ships at sea. Mr. Kalina took us to the areas which had been planned as a sea plane facility, as well as an area where submarine nets, intended to protect against enemy submarines, were constructed.

Throughout the tour we witnessed many successful environmental programs. Indian Island has a growing bald eagle population, with 10 nests The largest nest weighs approximately 2 tons. Neighboring Marrowstone Island has but 2. The Indian Island shoreline serves as a control example when evaluating human impact on other surrounding areas. The Navy works extensively with the area Tribes to preserve their traditional fishing & shell fish harvests, including seeding millions of baby clams as a mitigation annual project. We saw tribal clam cooking settlements (i.e. shell midden sites) dating back several hundred years.

We drove past bunker after bunker, Bill explained that they are designed so in the event of an accidental explosion, the blast would be directed almost completely straight up, and not set off an adjacent bunker. Bunkers are covered with 18 inches of dirt & grass.

Of the 2700 acres, 2100 acres are just forest. Animals to see there include eagles, osprey, deer, bear, cougar, raccoons, occasional elk, and coyotes.

Thanks to Bill & Commander Vande Griend for an extremely interesting & informative tour.


NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash. — USS Nimitz (CVN 68), USS Kidd (DDG 100), and USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed their homeports of Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Station Everett, respectively, June 1, for a regularly scheduled deployment.

This is a previously planned, routine deployment and is not in response to any specific incident or regional event. This deployment is an example of the U.S. Navy’s routine presence in waters around the globe displaying our commitment to stability, regional cooperation and economic prosperity for all nations.

“This deployment is the culmination of months of intensive training and preparations,” said Rear Adm. Bill Byrne Jr., commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 11. “The Nimitz Strike Group stands ready to respond to a wide variety of contingencies, be that a humanitarian disaster or a regional incident. We’re honored to be in this position to answer the nation’s call to duty.”

Nimitz, the flagship of the strike group, Kidd and Shoup will make a brief stop at Naval Air Station North Island to meet up with the other ships and units of the strike group. Read More…

 

Please come and welcome the newest arrival to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard! The Bremerton Navy League Council is sponsoring a Welcome Aboard Ceremony at Sam Adams at 6:00 PM Friday May 26.

The USS Buffalo (SSN-715) has come here from Pearl Harbor for deactivation and defueling. This process lasts about a year then the crew is released and the hull is scheduled for recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2017

May 22: Welcome USS Dallas (SSN-700)

USS Dallas (SSN-700) arriving PSNS

Please come and welcome the newest arrival to the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard! The Bremerton Navy League Council is sponsoring a Welcome Aboard Ceremony at Sam Adams at 6:00 PM today.

The USS Dallas (SSN-700) has come here from Pearl Harbor for deactivation and defueling. This process lasts about a year then the crew is released and the hull is scheduled for recycling.

Posted by: arbeam | May 22, 2017

June 6: NBK Battle of Midway Ceremony

Naval Base Kitsap  will hold a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, one of the most significant battles in U.S. Navy history.  The ceremony will take place on the Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Tuesday June 6, 2017 at 1 PM.

The Japanese plan was to overwhelm and destroy the US fleet and capture Midway as an advanced base to protect it’s eastern flank. The Japanese threw almost the entire Imperial Fleet into the battle – four aircraft carriers, two light aircraft carriers, eleven battleships, thirteen cruisers, forty-five destroyers, and assorted submarines, transports and mine sweepers. Greatly outnumbered, the American defense consisted of three aircraft carriers eight cruisers, fourteen destroyers, and the aircraft stationed on Midway. The US Navy used intelligence and planning to outmaneuver and destroy the enemy forces. This naval battle provided the turning point for the war in the Pacific.

Posted by: arbeam | May 15, 2017

Bremerton Named Outstanding Council 2016

The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council was designated an Outstanding Council for 2016. One of the top 10 councils (out of 260) to be designated as Outstanding.

This Month’s Luncheon Speaker is Capt Michael Elmstrom, Commanding Officer Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific.

Commissioned as POLARIS Missile Facility Pacific (POMFPAC) in 1964, the POLARIS A3 missile facility was in full production and providing the Fleet with high-quality missiles by December of that year. Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific (SWFPAC) provides assembly, storage, checkout, onload and offload of Trident missiles; ensures custody, accountability and control of nuclear weapons and material; publishes and maintains START procedures and conducts START inspections; and provides technical engineering services for guidance, missile, and launcher support equipment.

Captain Mike Elmstrom was commissioned through the NROTC program and graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1990 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. After completing the nuclear submarine training pipeline, he served on USS SILVERSIDES (SSN 679) as Electrical Assistant, Reactor Controls Assistant, Main Propulsion Assistant and Defueling Officer. Elmstrom served as Engineer Officer on USS TENNESSEE (SSBN 734) completing four deterrent patrols and four refits in Kings Bay.

In 2002, Captain Elmstrom lateral transferred to Engineering Duty Officer, earning a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2004. He reported to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and served as Assistant Project Superintendent on the overhaul of USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720) and as Off-yard Operations Officer. In 2007, he reported to NAVSEA’s Strategic and Attack Submarine Program Office (PMS 392/SP21) as Assistant Program Manager for Plans, Programs and Policy.

In 2009, he transferred to EMORY S. LAND (AS 39) as the Repair Officer. While assigned he completed a dry-docking overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and executed a change of homeport to Diego Garcia where the tender provided services for USS FLORIDA (SSGN 728).

He returned to NAVSEA PMS 392 as Assistant Program Manager for Submarine Modernization in October 2010. In 2011, Captain Elmstrom became the Program Manager for Strategic and Attack Submarines (PMS 392/SP21). In 2014, he reported to Strategic Systems Programs where he served as Deputy, Ship Integration Branch (SP26) supporting integration of the Strategic Weapon System (SWS) and Common Missile Compartment (CMC) into the OHIO Replacement SSBN.

Captain Elmstrom assumed command of Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific, Silverdale, Washington on 14 September 2016.

His awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), the Navy Commendation Medal (two awards) and the Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).

Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroon, NBK, Bangor. Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before May 2.

Members without base access – processing time can take weeks.

Please provide your name as it appears on your ENHANCED drivers license or US passport, your city and date of birth.

Members without enhanced WA Drivers License or passport need to be escorted by a member with base access.

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