698 prepares for propulsion plant deactivation

Reprinted in whole in modified format from

“USS BREMERTON CONTINUES INACTIVATION PROCESS”

 

By Max Maxfield, PSNS & IMF Public Affairs | Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance
Facility | Oct. 23, 2020

 

BREMERTON, Wash. —

 

Los Angeles-class submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) entered Dry
Dock 1 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance
Facility Oct. 14, 2020, to continue its inactivation process.
According to Gary Van Horn, project superintendent, while the ship
is in dry dock, the propulsion plant will be deactivated and defueled;
components and parts that might be used by other active Los
Angeles-class submarines will be removed and stored; and hull
blanks will be installed.

 

 

Van Horn said ship’s force will be working side by side with PSNS
& IMF workers to help speed the inactivation process along. Also,
the Bremerton Project Team will try to take advantage of lessons
learned from other recent inactivations of Los Angeles-class
submarines.

 

“Lessons learned from the ‘bridge and tower’ system that is being
used currently in Dry Dock 5 for defueling operations on USS
Olympia (SSN 717) and USS Louisville (SSN 724) will help with
Bremerton,” said Van Horn. “We have been monitoring their
progress closely and expect to realize time savings based on their
lessons learned.”

 

The docking portion of the inactivation process is estimated to take
about 11 months.

 

 

Bremerton departed Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, April
20, 2018, on its way to Bremerton, Washington, where it began the
inactivation and decommissioning process.

 

Bremerton was commissioned on March 28, 1981, and is named after
the city of Bremerton, Washington. The tenth ship of the Los

Angeles-class nuclear powered attack submarine, much of Bremerton’s activities remain under wraps.

 

 

Its most high-profile mission was to assist local, state and federal
officials with the disposal of the commercial tanker, New Carissa.
The vessel had been spilling oil since it was shipwrecked near Coos
Bay, Oregon, Feb. 4, 1999, and posed a danger to the environment.
Once the unified command completed work in preparation for the
ship’s disposal, Bremerton stepped in to fire one MK-48 advanced
capability torpedo to sink New Carissa March 11, 1999.

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Article provided through the courtesy of Capt. Alan R. Beam, USN (ret), USS Bremerton CO from 1985-1988.
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The Awaited 698 News

The official date for the Decommissioning of the USS Bremerton (SSN-698) arrived last week from her Commanding Officer, CAPT. Chris Lindberg. 

 

 

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USS Bremerton SSN 698 in Bremerton May 2012

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USS Bremerton (SSN 698) List of Commanding Officers

1MC: “Bremerton, Arriving…”

Thomas H. Anderson             (1978-1982)

Douglas S. Wright                  (1982-1985)

Alan R. Beam                          (1985-1988)

John C. McMacken                (1988-1990)

Louis A. Hughes                     (1990-1992)

John M. Crochet                     (1992-1995)

Ronald R. Cox                        (1995-1998)

Robert L. Thomas                 (1998-2000)

Brian K. Nutt                       (2000-2002)

Charles J. Logan                  (2002-2005)

Thomas A. Zwolfer               (2005-2008)

Howard C. Warner III          (2008-2010)

Caleb A. Kerr                         (2010-2013)

Wesley P. Bringham              (2013-2016)

Travis W. Zettel                     (2016-2018)

David I. Kaiser                      (2018-2018)

Christopher C. Lindberg    (2018-PRES)

 

 

USS Bremerton ends her active service with her final destination being Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in April 2018.

 

 

2018 Reunion Poster Artist: Richard Crombie

 

 

698 LOOKING FORWARD

USS Bremerton, the most senior not yet de-commissioned submarine in the United States Navy, is currently at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard preparing for her date with destiny. Decom ceremony and reunion in Bremerton are tentatively scheduled for Spring of 2021, that puts BadFish on course for a 40 year run.

Cheers – from RMCS(SS) Don Jones, Plankowner, SSN698

 

SAVE THE 698

Join the Movement. Are you passionate about preserving the USS Bremerton in any way shape or form? Do you wish to be involved before, during and after her decommissioning in whatever works are needed to establish the memory of 698 for the benefit of the public and of naval history? You are invited to a new closed group forum on Facebook “SaveThe698” to be involved in public discussion related to Saving 698. You can see the group site by clicking HERE.

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MIDWAY: The 698 Connection

 

 A SUBMARINER’S VIEW OF THE MOVIE “MIDWAY”(2019) 

and the 698 Connection 

Article by Challen Yee and Sherman Smith, without whom this article would not be written.

 

Some of you, well probably a lot of you (given my audience) went to see the feature film “Midway” (2019), the action packed “historically accurate” movie that covered a breathtaking amount of epic events in a cinematic whirlwind lasting nearly 2 hours and 20 minutes.

The movie hits you with history that would be best served in a mini-series, though those who are interested may be inspired to go more deeply into a number of subjects as a result of watching the movie. The storyline includes the pre-war relations between Japan and the U.S., the development of the intelligence services, Pearl Harbor with an up-close and personal connection to the USS Arizona, the Marshalls-Gilberts Island raids,  daring Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo and its China connection, an education in the intricate nature of dive bombing, of course, the Battle of Midway, and the interpersonal dramas on both sides that goes along with each chapter…. (okay, I’m catching my breath now….).

Computer generated images have come a long way in recent years and the grand fleet actions could not be reproduced with any historical accuracy without the impressive CGI used by Hollywood with their legions of artists and the latest high performance computers. However, there are some things, that are still better when you have the real McCoy, as we will see later.

The movie  portrays these transformative world events in fast paced Hollywood star-studded style taking on several characters from Admiral Chester Nimitz to LCDR William Brockman, Jr.. Who is William Brockman? You need to brush up on the submarine history. Keep on reading.

 

A submariner, Admiral Chester William Nimitz, Sr served as Command in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet in World War II. Source: en.wikipedia.org

Woody Harrelson as Chester Nimitz. Source: Fandango

Admiral Chester Nimitz is portrayed by Woody Harrelson. Harrelson brings enough looks, gravity and charisma to the key role to make a powerful and believable impression. A much better match, may I say, than Matt Damon playing Carroll Shelby in Ford v Ferrari, a movie that also came out in late 2019.

As much as I admire Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles, there’s no comparison. Chester Nimitz and the servicemen and women of the armed forces fighting for the survival of the United States and the free world is a course defining crisis that must be remembered and honored as part of our critical past.

 

 

USS Nautilus SS-168

USS Nautilus SS-168. After her “modernization” was equipped with advanced radio, new engines, air conditioning, “topside” torpedo tubes. Her huge deck 6 inch guns were used well in her many shore bombardments Source en.wikipedia.org/NHHC.

 

ENTER THE SILENT SERVICE

Lovingly mixed in with the entire aircraft carrier, fly-boy mega-drama is the story of the USS Nautilus SS-168, a Narwhal/V-Class boat stationed out of Pearl Harbor under the command of LCDR William H. Brockman Jr.

LCDR William Herman Brockman, Jr. Commanding Officer, USS Nautilus, who was awarded the Navy Cross with two gold stars, a Silver Star, and a Presidential Unit Citation for the Nautilus. Source: en.wikipedia.org

At the time of the Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942, the developing story suggests there is a submarine aspect of the Battle of Midway as the audience is introduced to characters serving onboard the Nautilus, moored along a pier at subbase Pearl Harbor. In real life, the Nautilus was being modernized at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, California and was not in Pearl. The timeline is reasonable close as Nautilus departs Mare Island for Pearl in late April.   Hey, we’re within a few weeks, close enough for government work. The producers sought to give the Silent Service its due beginning by portraying life on a sub and we are grateful.

The first scenes are well crafted beginning with a nest of the submarines at Pearl Harbor. We enter crews mess with a close up of the antique radio as crew members are tensely focused on a radio broadcast from Tokyo. we get some close ups of our star submariners including the skipper (portrayed by James Carpinello).

As the story develops and the warring battle groups position themselves, we follow Nautilus and her crew into harm’s way, the intensity of the action with depth charges and torpedoes is worth the price of admission. It could be the first movie ever to realisticly detail the skipper doing a face plant into a raised periscope during a depth charge attack. The torpedo room scenes of readying a torpedo tube for firing are a beautiful site. I believe the post theater version has a few more torpedo room scenes.

Through the portrayal of Nautilus’ story, we further record the crucial role the submarine played in the success of the Battle of Midway as the key flight of dive bombers under the command of Wade McCluskey and Richard “Dick” Best, flying without any idea where the Japanese carriers are, sight the destroyer returning to its task force at flank speed after laying down depth charges around Nautilus. On McCluskey’s hunch, the bombers follow the ship back to the Japanese fleet and the rest is history.

How authentic were the submarine scenes in the movie Midway? According to Capt. Chuck Merkel (ret), the Executive Director at The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum and USS Bowfin Memorial, the producers used the USS Bowfin for all interior scenes. Bowfin is in outstandingly restored condition, giving all the authenticity needed for WWII era scenes and providing all the actors a good taste of what it was like to fight in the tightly enclosed and complex spaces of a WWII submarine.

 

So how does the Bremerton connect to this incredible World War II flick?

 

The BADFISH via SANTA FE connection to MIDWAY

What you may not know is the producers sought some real live Navy men to fill some of the roles in the film, and it is a pleasure to report that our shipmate Sherman Smith’s son, MMN1/SS Sampsun James Smith, plays a speaking part of one of the dungaree wearing submariners.

A super-cool still shot from the MIDWAY movie set aboard the USS Nautilus (actually USS Bowfin). Sampsun Smith is looking quite comfortable as he finally gets to wear dungarees in an official Navy role. Captain Brockman is standing at left, portrayed by James Carpinello. The XO is sitting at right. The guy seated is, not sure, but looks a helluva lot like past CNO Admiral John Richardson masquerading as a enlisted man,who portrays a phone talker in the combat scenes. OK who left the darned cell phone and a plastic bottle of water on the table? Don’t they know this is 1942? “PROPS: Replace those two items with four packs of cigarettes!” (Image courtesy of Sherman Smith).

 

Sherman, who served as a QM/SS aboard Bremerton in the 1980s quipped, “[Sampsun] always wanted to wear dungarees,” since dungarees are currently not part of the official seabag for Navy enlisted personnel.

Petty Officer Smith, the younger, was attached to his first submarine, the USS Santa Fe (SSN-763), stationed at Pearl Harbor when he got the opportunity to audition for the movie. He certainly made an impression on the movie staff since he was awarded a speaking part portraying one of the WWII enlisted submarine sailors.

 

The following is reported to me from shipmate Sherman Smith:

Sampsun was stationed on the Santa Fe when the call for extras went out. He walked up to Squadron and got picked. Because he got a line to speak he got his own trailer. The support staff called him ‘Mr. Smith’.

It’s kind of funny how his 7-word line kept on getting shortened, but a line is a line.

He is in 2 or 3 shots, two in control and one on the mess deck.

In the Movie

We are introduced to Sampsun with the best closeup of a crew member in crews’ mess during the Nautilus at Pearl Harbor scene.

In the battle, Nautilus audaciously weaves her way into the Japanese battle group, as the enemy warships are swarming all around her. This high density threat combat condition was perhaps unprecedented in US Navy submarine history, as Brockman is determined to sink a carrier and not just any of the heavy escorts. Count on a submariner to go for the gusto.

The scene in the conning tower seems rigged for red for effect, there’s the skipper and the XO working the periscope, and our man Sampsun is in a key role manning the TDC (Torpedo Data Computer) where as the spinning dials are set he calls out the confirmation that the periscope observation and the TDC solution “MATCH”.

Are there more roles for Mr. Smith?

Impressed with the young Mr. Smith, the studio has sought him for additional roles with a part in the next Kong movie, according to Sherman. Seems like Join the Navy see the World has a new meaning.

Now we know where he gets his good looks. 🙂

Sampsun Smith is currently serving aboard the moored training ship MTS-626, formerly the USS Daniel Webster SSBN-626, in Goose Creek, South Carolina.

 

Our Submariner Stars onboard a 688

Sherman Smith (SSN-698) and his son Sampsun (SSN-763) having some fun in the athwartship passageway during a cruise aboard the Santa Fe. Photos courtesy of Sherman Smith.

 

So what did you think of the movie MIDWAY?

 

 

 

698 News

USS BREMERTON’S COMMANDING OFFICER

CMDR. CHRISTOPHER C.  LINDBERG

Staying with the Pearl Harbor theme, this is a photo of Cmdr Lindberg during a 2017 change of command ceremony held onboard USS Missouri. (U.S. Navy photo).

 

 

698 LOOKING FORWARD

USS Bremerton, the most senior not yet de-commissioned submarine in the United States Navy, is currently at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard preparing for her date with destiny. Decom ceremony and reunion in Bremerton are tentatively scheduled for Spring of 2021, that puts BadFish on course for a 40 year run.

Cheers – from RMCS(SS) Don Jones, Plankowner, SSN698

 

SAVE THE 698

Join the Movement. Are you passionate about preserving the USS Bremerton in any way shape or form after her decommissioning for the benefit of the public and of naval history? You are invited to a new closed group forum on Facebook “SaveThe698” to be involved in public discussion related to Saving 698. You can see the group site by clicking HERE.

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698 for PFSM – The Final

USS BREMERTON – SSN 698

GROUP CAMPAIGN

 

All numbers have been tallied and here are the final results from the Bremerton alumi efforts to support The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum at Pearl Harbor.  The total of all donations and pledges is equal to $11,845.00!

This amount qualifies us to be on the Interior Campaign Donor Wall, a place reserved to recognize the museum’s biggest donors.

Our efforts to secure a permanent plaque in recognition of the USS Bremerton in “the most visited submarine museum in the world” will be a source of pride and personal connection for every alumni, his family and friends.

It will make your return trip to the islands a little more special.

As we get more details on the plaque, we will let you know, though you may read about the general details at the museum’s Capital Campaign page.

Sincere thanks to every donor and for the moral support from all. Your contributions went beyond the call of duty to help with this effort!

 

PFSM Looking Forward

The Bowfin Memorial in conjunction with the new and exciting developments offered by the PFSM will be a worthy tribute to the Silent Service and something to look forward to in the future on your next trip to Pearl Harbor. Here’s are few words from the Museum about what’s been happening and where they are headed…

 

NOW PRESENTING…

An interview with Captain Merkel

Captain Chuck Merkel is interviewed by Island Focus about the PFSM and submarines (courtesy of Bob Miller).Click on photo or link to see.

 

If you haven’t seen the great and powerfully introduced Capital Campaign video yet  it is narrated by former USS Bremerton skipper RON COX who now serves as Chairman of the Board of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum. One more time, here’s the link https://www.bowfin.org/capital-campaign
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When you, your family and friends come out to the Islands, put the Bowfin and the PFSM on your list of PLACES TO SEE!

 

 

 

 

698 LOOKING FORWARD

USS Bremerton, the most senior not yet de-commissioned submarine in the United States Navy, is currently at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard preparing for her date with destiny. Decom ceremony and reunion in Bremerton are tentatively scheduled for Spring of 2021, that puts BadFish on course for a 40 year run.

Cheers – from RMCS(SS) Don Jones, Plankowner, SSN698

 

SAVE THE 698

Join the Movement. Are you passionate about preserving the USS Bremerton in any way shape or form after her decommissioning for the benefit of the public and of naval history? You are invited to a new closed group forum on Facebook “SaveThe698” to be involved in public discussion related to Saving 698. You can see the group site by clicking HERE.

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