Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

Presidents Corner

We are just coming off a fantastic event supporting the Washington state Science and Engineering Fair at the first of the month. Helen Miller did a super job in recruiting 32 NL judges. In addition to judging for the fair we judged for the Office of Naval Research and our seven awards in Naval Science.  There were over 600 students presenting, and their presentations were amazing! If you get a chance next year please come, I know you will have a great time!

May is a very busy month for us supporting the Bremerton Armed Forces Festival. The exact details are laid out in the Newsletter and Website.  Saturday May 6 is the military Culinary arts Competition at Olympic College. What started out as a Chili Cook-off as developed into a contest that draws cooks from all over the region. Saturday May 20 is a full day stating with breakfast on 4th street at 7 AM, Parade at 10 AM, Heroes BBQ lunch on Pacific at 11, and the Navy League Gala at the Admiral theater at 6PM the Parade Grand Marshall and Gala Guest speaker is VADM Nora Tyson, Commander Third Fleet. We are seeking NL members to ride the Safe Boat in the Parade. The Month is capped by the Memorial Day Ceremony on the Turner Joy at 10 AM on Monday May 29. The Featured Speaker is Capt Douglas Munz, Commanding Officer Navy Operational Support Center Kitsap. Come out and have some fun!

I am actively seeking a volunteer photographer and a volunteer fundraiser chairman to enable some fun events our membership committee is planning.

Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

May 29: USS Turner Joy Memorial Day Ceremony @ 10 AM

The general public is invited to attend a Memorial Day Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony, Monday, May 29 at 10 AM on the fantail of the historic ship, USS Turner Joy (DD-951), on the waterfront in Bremerton. Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League President Alan Beam, serves as Master of Ceremonies. The Guest Speaker will be Captain Douglas Munz, Commanding Officer of the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Kitsap. Captain Munz is a Navy Seal and has had multiple Middle East Deployments.

Come early, as seating is limited. The USS Turner Joy (DD-951) is located near the Bremerton ferry terminal at the north end of the marina. Parking is available at the Convention Center nearby. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the ship’s crew’s mess after the ceremony.


Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

Tour Planning

May 19NAVMAG Indian Island at 9 AM

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

July 14 – Safe Boats International (Bremerton and Tacoma)

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. It is capable of handing aircraft carriers and submarines. They are quite proud of their Environmental stewardship programs.


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.

Safe Boats International

Tour both the Bremerton & Tacoma manufacturing sites, with lunch at the Bremerton Airport Diner in between.

The Bremerton facility is used to product their smaller craft, up to 65 feet. These are the craft we see being tested in Sinclair Inlet. Safe Boats builds inboard and outboard powers craft for multiple agencies and foreign governments. Safe boats are known for their solid foam collar system provides both floatation and stability without risk of deflation.

Their lager craft are are built in Tacoma. They are currently delivering the Special Forces craft Mark VI which is 84 feet long. It has a crew of 10, and can carry a 13 member Seal Team. It has a range of 600 miles.





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Posted by: arbeam | April 17, 2017

Mar 30: Navy League Boeing Seattle Tour


On a sunshine enhanced Thursday, members of the Bremerton, Lake Washington and Everett Councils traveled to visit the Boeing Airplane Company in Seattle.  (Byron Faber knows how to schedule days with sunshine!!) The 30 Navy League members got an opportunity to view two aircraft manufacturing operations.

The first stop was at the Boeing Commercial Airplane Company 737 assembly plant in Renton.  Our group was able to observe the process starting with the arrival of the green colored fuselage.  The fuselage is built in Wichita Kansas by Spirit AeroSystem and is delivered on rail cars.  The green covering is for protection and is washed off before painting.  On the three assembly lines, the wings, landing gears, engine, avionics, and interiors are installed to customer specifications.  The engines are built by CFM International, a joint venture of Safran Aircraft Engines, France, and US GE Aviation.  A checkout test and paint complete the process.

Renton produces the 737- 700, 800, 900 and the Max.  Production is 42 planes per month working two shifts, five days per week.

One of our members inquired about purchasing one, but was told the wait time is 5 to 6 years.  Of historical interest, the 737 was envisioned in 1964, first flight 1967, and in service February 1968.  To date over 9,000 have been delivered and over 4,000 on order.

Some additional tidbits:  It is the customers, not Boeing, who decides how many seats are installed.  Thus, Boeing is not responsible for your lack of leg room. Winglets help to reduce fuel burn, engine wear, and takeoff noise.  The first 737 MAX delivery is scheduled in May to Southwest Airlines.  The MAX is quieter, more fuel efficient, and greater passenger appeal.

The group then traveled to Boeing Defense in Tukwila near the Museum of Flight to the Boeing Thompson Facility where the Navy P-8A is assembled. The P-8A Poseidon is an aircraft designed for long-range anti-submarine warfare; anti-surface warfare; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.  The performance is to travel 1,200 miles, remain on station for four hours, and return.  It replaces the P-3 Orion which was placed in service starting in 1962.

The P-8A is based on the 737.  And, like the 737, the fuselage comes from Wichita by rail.  The difference is that the P-8 does not have windows and has a thicker skin.  It also uses stronger/larger 737-900 wings.  It is assembled in an adjacent line in Renton and then flown to Boeing Field.  The fuel is drained, and wingtips are removed before it is moved across the road to the Thompson building.

The plane spends 42 days in the building before being moved out for testing and final check out.

The Navy plans to purchase 108 airframes.  The first unit went to the Navy in March 2012.

One significant fact we learned is that these planes have been delivered on time and under budget.  These aircraft have also been sold to Australia, India, and the United Kingdom.

We were allowed to walk around the plant floor for a close up look at the plane.  We were also fortunate to walk through the inside where installation of work positions was taking place.  The Boeing production managers who conducted our tour were impressive.  The have great enthusiasm and pride in their work, and constant efforts to improve the process.  Many are military veterans. – Gary Nystul

The May Luncheon Speaker is Captain Howard Markle, Commanding Officer  Puget Sound Naval Shipyard /Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Captain Markle was awarded the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce Thunderbird Award this month for his community service efforts.

Today, PSNS is one of Washington’s largest industrial facilities. The shipyard, which covers 344 acres of hard land and 338 acres of submerged land, has six dry-docks, nine piers with 12,300 lineal feet of deep-water pier space, four mooring sites, and 382 buildings with more than six million square feet of floor space. The property is bordered on three sides by the City of Bremerton, and on the south by Sinclair Inlet, a natural deep-water harbor.

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard                                                   Megan Reid Kitsap Sun

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard was originally established in 1891 as a Naval Station and was designated Navy Yard Puget Sound in 1901. During World War I, the Navy Yard constructed ships, including 25 subchasers, seven submarines, two minesweepers, seven sea-going tugs, and two ammunition ships, as well as 1,700 small boats. During World War II, the Shipyard’s primary effort was the repair of battle damage to ships of the U.S. Fleet and those of its Allies.

CAPT Markle’s afloat tours included assignments to the guided missile frigate, USS Klakring (FFG-42) where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed operational deployments to Haiti and two Sixth Fleet Deployments; the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) where he earned his submarine dolphins; and on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) where he served as Chief Engineer during two Fifth Fleet Deployments. He also completed a tour as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. Prior to reporting to his current assignment he was assigned to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard where he served as the Production Resources Officer and Operations Officer.

His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. He holds a Professional Engineers License in Mechanical Engineering from California.

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.

Posted by: arbeam | April 9, 2017

Washington State Science and Engineering Fair 2017

This month’s Washington State Science and Engineering Fair was a resounding success. The science fair has called Bremerton home since 1957. It became the official state fair in the 1980s, and has hosted the event ever since.

The 2 day affair at Bremerton High School displayed the talents of over 600 students. Over 2 Million dollars in Scholarships and Grants were awarded. The Navy League contribution was definitely a team effort lead by our Chairmen Tom Danaher and Mike Spence. A special thank you goes out to our stellar judge recruiter Helen Miller.

Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Team

Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific                USS John C Stennis

Lt Williamson                                                     Ltjg Trent Warner

Dawn Williamson                                               MC3 Michael Pernick

MT1 Anthony Chelf                                            Kitsap County Sheriff

MT2 Johnathon Gerke                                       SGT McDonough

MT2 David Vrabel                                               SGT Sapp


Navy League

Tom Danaher                          Bob Lamb                              Larry Tellinghuisen

Mike Spence                           Tex Lewis                                Pat Faber

Alan Beam                              Helen Miller                            Joe Nelson

Steve Westover                      Dave Ellingson                        Fred Nelson

Mark Westover                       Larry Tellinghuisen                 Margie Nielsen

Drake Evans                            Richard Coar                           Diane Quayle

Ron Kirkland                            Bob Middlebrook                    Jim Eaton

Virginia Kirkland                     Linda Middlebroock                Chris Eaton

Birgit Povlsen

Bremerton Navy league presents seven STEM awards to students grades 1-12 whose projects best contributes to the advancement of science, engineering or technology in support of our nation’s Sea Services, the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. Bremerton partners with educational, government, commercial and military organizations impacting STEM education to expand the ranks of those who choose STEM careers. Additionally Bremerton Navy League provides the judges for the Office of Naval Research ~ U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps Award The Office of Naval Research sponsors science that changes the world including discovering the magnetic core, GPS and smart robots. They award six students demonstrating exceptional work in science and engineering. Awards are a combination of certificates, medallions and gift certificates.

Posted by: arbeam | April 6, 2017

Bremerton Armed Forces Festival 2017


Every May the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce hosts the Armed Forces Festival. First celebrated in 1948, It is the nation’s largest and longest running Armed Forces Day Parade and Festival. The Chamber wants to thank the men and women that wear the uniform of the United States of America Armed Forces. Please help our community in saying thank you to our Armed Forces by attending and supporting the festival events.

Olympic College Student Center 10 to 2 PM  May 6 2017
The Armed Forces Military Arts Culinary Competition got its beginning as a simple Chili Cook Off on Armed Forces Day. It has grown into a stand alone event before the Armed Forces Day Parade, and has become the premiere culinary event in the County. Military teams come from all services and all over the State. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: BBQ Ribs, Chicken wings, Pies(Dessert), Chili, Cake Decorating, Hors d’oeuvres, Battling Chef (secret ingredient), Overall Best in Show. The audience gets to sample all the entries after the judging.

Baymont Inn & Suites 6:30-9:00 PM May 10, 2017

Each year selected high school seniors from all over Kitsap participate in a multi task competition for scholarships. This is a scholarship opportunity that improves students’ research and public speaking skills while building their awareness of the military and business communities in Kitsap County. The scholarship is available to both male and female contestants. The final competition is open to the public and well attended.

Posted by: arbeam | April 6, 2017

May 12: Pepsi Armed Forces Festival Golf Tournament

Gold Mountain Cascade Course

Shotgun starts, 7:30 AM and 1:00 PM

Best Ball Scramble

· 4 person teams

· 3 drives per person

· White tee boxes

· No mulligans

· Gross and Callaway Scoring

Fees include Green Fees, Golf Cart, Lunch, Beverages, Tee Prizes, Hole – in – one & Putting Contests


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