Posted by: arbeam | February 19, 2019

Mar 2: Silver and Gold Dolphin Auction

Each spring, the members of Submarine Officers’ Spouses’ Association (SOSA) join with the Khaki community, submarine wardrooms and submarine support organizations to raise money for local Kitsap charities and the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (DSF).The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation grew out of the loss of the USS Thresher, as a means of providing scholarships for the children of the lost crew members. As the years past the Dolphin Scholarships have grown, it now supports the entire submarine community. The Dolphin Scholarship Foundation currently sponsors 118 students, who each receive an annual scholarship of either $2,000 or $3,400.  Each recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.  The number of new awards granted each year is determined by graduation/attrition of current Dolphin Scholars and donations

The 2019 Silver & Gold Charity Auction is scheduled for March 2, 2019 at the Plaza Ballroom on Naval Base Kitsap – Bangor in Silverdale, Washington. Doors Open at 5:00 PM

Ticket cost – $38 per person. Presale by Feb 22 – $43 at the Door. Reservations

The Navy League is interested in having a table at this event. If you are interested in attending please make a reservation then call Realty Station (369)-377-5699, or email: If you need on base access it is important to register before Feb 22.

Important Dates

  • Feb 22, 2017 Reservations Due Cost $38/person
  • Mar 2, 2015 Silver & Gold Charity Auction at 5PM  $43/person at the door

Theme – To Cool For High School
Dressing for the theme is encouraged, but certainly not required.


March’s Luncheon Speaker is  Mary Ryan, Curator of the Naval Undersea Museum Keyport. She will be presenting the Navy’s Marine Mammal Program. The Navy’s highly-trained dolphins and sea lions carry out missions all over the world. With their natural acoustic, sight, and diving abilities, marine mammals are exceptionally skilled at finding objects underwater. Navy animals detect mines and intruders in a fraction of the time it takes human divers and human-made technology.

The Naval Undersea Museum is the official Navy museum that interprets all of the Navy’s undersea activities. They hold the country’s most comprehensive collection of U.S. Navy artifacts, documents, and reference material related to undersea subjects, and are renowned for their collections in torpedoes, mines, diving and salvage, submarine technology, and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

Mary Ryan has been the curator at the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport since 2010, where she leads the museum’s exhibit program, shapes the artifact collection, and connects the public to the museum’s rich subject matter. Mary has worked for fourteen years as a curator, interpretive planner, and exhibit developer creating exhibitions and interpretive plans for museums and historic sites across the country. She earned her Master’s Degree in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York, and completed her undergraduate training in science and anthropology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

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

Doors open at 11:00, Lunch begins at 11:30

Registration: Please call Realty Station at 360 377-5699 for your lunch registration. Please call before Mar 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 | February 21, 2019

Presidents Corner March 2019

Hopefully everyone has recovered from the snowmageden in February.  We felt it wise to cancel our February monthly luncheon, and as it turnout, Bangor was closed that day.  Since I last wrote you we have welcomed the USS Carl Vinson, CVN-70 back home.  The Vinson called Bremerton her home port about 10 years ago.  Although the Navy has not officially announced it yet, but we expect Bremerton to be the Vinson’s homeport for the next several years, taking the place of the USS Stennis, CVN-74.  The Stennis is finishing a deployment to the Middle East and will end up in Norfolk, VA. She is the next aircraft carrier in line for a service life upgrade.

Our March Luncheon’s speaker will be Mary Ryan, Curator of the US Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport.

We are also soliciting judges for the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair, March 29 & 30.  See the writeup on the Fair.  It is a really fun event to judge and some of the projects that these young men and women create will blow your mind away!

Posted by: arbeam | February 21, 2019

Mar 9: Silverdale Chamber Military Appreciation Day


Come out and Celebrate, Honor, and Recognize our Men and Women in uniform, past and present, at our annual Military Appreciation Day and Carnival on Sat March 9, 2019 from 11-3PM. Check-out military vehicle display-Enjoy Children’s activities. Browse 100 local business booths. Sample FREE food and non-alcohol drinks-Win Fabulous door prizes and gifts for Military members with ID!

What a great way to introduce our service members to the vast selection of our community’s businesses and services. This year we are changing things up and going with a “Carnival” theme. Along with games, prizes and inflatable’s for the kids.

In alignment with the national Navy League objective of supporting initiatives in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), your local Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council is sponsoring multiple scholarship awards at all grade levels at the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair WSSE.  This is the 62ndyear of the Washington State Science Fair finals, held at Bremerton High School. 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 for more details):

  • Washington State Science and Engineering Fair Mar 29 – 30, 2019.
  • Bremerton High School
  • Estimated over 1000 student entries and 100 teachers in attendance from across the state
  • Two Awards Ceremonies hosted by Bremerton Mayor, Greg Wheeler
  • Concurrent science film festival
  • Feeds science fairs at the national and international levels

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.

Being a judge is rewarding, it instills new hope in the future of science. One of our judges recalled, “The experience exceeded all my expectations. I was amazed by the evident raw talent and the brilliant young minds, some as young as eight years of age whom we were privileged to interview, half a dozen of these students with whom we interfaced will undoubtedly be the Wernher Von Braun’s or Stephen Hawking of tomorrow. Thank you; America’s future somehow appears brighter after spending two days with some of the brightest and the best.”

Not to mention the complimentary food and drinks provided the judges both days. Or the free Navy League polo shirt you get to wear to the fair and with pride for years afterwards….

If you’re available and interested in being a judge for both days of the fair, as well as attending at least one prior training session*, you too can make a positive contribution! There are 17 different science areas from which you can choose, as well as specific grade brackets.  Contact the Navy League at 360-440-2812, email:  for information about how to become part of the Navy League judging team and then register with the fair (

Posted by: arbeam | February 2, 2019

Navy League Tours

Feb 25 @ 10AM – Puget Sound Navy Museum (Bremerton) The Puget Sound Navy Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest from 1840 to the present. Located next to the Bremerton Ferry Terminal. We plan to go across the street to the Bremerton Bar and Grill for lunch.

March 14  @ 10 AM – Trident Refit Facility (NBK Bangor)  The Trident Refit Facility provides the primary resource to the 8 Trident Class submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor. It operates the Dry Dock at the Bangor Delta Pier and the nearby machine shops. Details to follow about security info required & transportation.



April 16 @ 10 AM – Museum of Flight & Boeing P-8 production line (Seattle) The Museum of Flight holds one of the largest air and space collections in the US. It is located at the southern end of Boeing Field (King County International Airport). It has over 160 air and spacecraft, the original Boeing Aircraft factory, and flight simulators.

The Boeing Thompson Facility is near the Museum of Flight 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.  It is based on the Boeing 737 design and it replaces the P-3 Orion which was placed in service starting in 1962. The performance is to travel 1,200 miles, remain on station for four hours, and return.

May 14 @ 9:20 AM – Trident Training Facility and Trident Submarine Tour (NBK Bangor) The Trident Training Facility provides the training resources needed to support submarine off crew training and proficiency. They include ship control, fire control, torpedo room, missile, and Bridge simulators.  After Lunch on Base we will tour a Trident submarine.

June – Naval Base Everett and DDG Tour (Everett) 
Naval Base Everett was designed to support a carrier Battle Group and currently is the Homeport for six Guided Missile Destroyers and a Coast Guard buoy tender.


July 23-25 – Astoria Coast Guard facilities & Columbia River Bar Pilot Association (Astoria, OR) The 2 day tour will include USCG Columbia River Air Station, USCG Aids to Navigation Station Astoria, Columbia River Bar Pilot Association,  Cape Disappointment National Motor Lifeboat School, Cape disappointment Lighthouse and North Head Lighthouse.

Posted by: arbeam | January 31, 2019

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Arrival Reception Postponed

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council has been hosting Ship Arrival Receptions at Naval Base Kitsap for several years. USS Carl Vinson was Homeported in Bremerton from 1997 to 2005. So this is welcoming back an old friend. We feel that such an arrival deserves to be more than an on base welcoming ceremony. We are out gathering support from local communities, cities, county governments, and chamber of commerces. The location is the Kitsap Conference Center Main Ballroom 100 Washington Blvd  Postponed due to inclement weather 

Posted by: arbeam | January 31, 2019

February 2019 President’s Corner

The gloomy days of winter are here. None of the white stuff yet on the ground for us lowlanders, but the Olympics are showing their majesty. We had a great January luncheon with Radm Grey. He spoke candidly on the challenges facing him as the Northwest Region Commander. His talk included speaking to the Bremerton Naval Shipyard workload, and funding proposals to modernize the yard. He also gave us insight about the ongoing local issues at Bangor and at Whidbey Island mostly related to the environmental impact of and on Navy operations.

The Officers and Board of Directors met for their annual off-site to review the plans for the New Year. 2018 closed with your council in excellent financial health. We increased our community affiliates to over 20 members. The Kitsap Golf and Country Club and McClouds Grillhouse joined this month. Total membership has increased, so last year was a very good year. We look forward to an exciting 2019 for the council. Byron Faber is putting together a very interesting series of tours for the year, next up is the Puget Sound Navy Museum on February 25th. The March 14 Tour is the Trident Refit Facility at NBK Bangor. Stay tuned for additional tours.


CO NBK Capt Alan Schrader, NL Pres Steve Westover, CO Vinson Capt Matthew Paradise and Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler celebrate the arrival of the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70).

The Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Navy League Council  hosted an Arrival Reception for USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) last night at NBK Bremerton Sam Adams Club. Vinson has begun preparations for dry-docking overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

During the reception we got a chance to meet the Commanding Officer Captain Matthew Paradise. Captain Paradise is a Tacoma Washington Native. He entered the Navy as an Enlisted Navy SEAL and was selected for the Enlisted Commissioning program. Paradise graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Electrical Engineering  in 1992. Following Flight training he flew FA-18 aircraft.

USS Carl Vinson was homeported in Bremerton from  the Shutdown of NAS Alameda in 1997 until she departed for refueling overhaul in 2005.

The Bremerton Navy League is hosting a Public Arrival Reception at 5:30 on Friday Feb 15. The ceremony will be held at the Kitsap Conference Center third deck Marine Room. This will be a chance for the community to come out and welcome  the USS Carl Vinson.


Posted by: arbeam | January 29, 2019

Meet The New Commander Submarine Group Nine

Rear Admiral Douglas Perry

Commander, Submarine Group 9


Rear Admiral Douglas Perry graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and also holds a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University.

He first served at sea as a division officer and Navy Diver onboard USS PITTSBURGH (SSN 720), executive officer/operations officer onboard SUBMARINE NR-1, and executive officer of USS MAINE (SSBN 741). His deployment experience spans the Caribbean and Mediterranean, Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Pacific. As Commanding Officer of USS PASADENA (SSN 752) from October 2006 to February 2009, he led the ship on highly successful deployments to the Eastern and Western Pacific.

RDML Perry served as Commander, Submarine Development Squadron FIVE where he led Submarine Force development of unmanned systems tactics and employment, and commanded the Navy’s squadron of SEAWOLF-Class Fast Attack submarines. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Submarine Force Atlantic Chief of Staff.

Ashore, he served as a branch chief for Director Undersea Warfare, on the Joint Staff as the Combatant Commander Joint Exercise Engagement Division Chief and subsequent chief of staff for the Director of Joint Force Development, executive assistant to Commander, Submarine Forces Pacific Fleet, deputy commander, Submarine Squadron Seven, congressional liaison in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs at the Pentagon, and as a Naval ROTC Instructor at Marquette University.

RDML Perry served as the director, Joint and Fleet Operations (N3) at U.S. Fleet Forces Command before assuming command of Commander, Submarine Group 9.

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