It is hard to believe it has already been 6 months in command! The USS Bremerton has completed the first of its kind Submarine Layup Availability in preparations for completing the Decommissioning in 2021.
The crew of the BREMERTON has been busy. We had 5 Sailors and 1 Officer complete their qualifications in Submarines in the last 5 months. This was accomplished while completing the first step of our inactivation process ahead of time and under budget. I am looking forward to finishing our last 2 sailors in submarines qualifications. These will be the last to ever qualify onboard the American Classic. In addition to working to complete the availability our sailors have been busy supporting the community. On earth day ~40 sailors helped cleaned up the Stephenson Canyon park and the First Class Petty Officer Associations volunteered at Viking Fest.
Additionally we frocked 5 sailors who advanced during the last…
The imminent arrival of the USS Bremerton (SSN 698), the longest serving active duty submarine in the United States Navy, is attracting local interest in the vessel that is the city’s namesake. Bremerton and the Puget Sound region have a long and distinguished history in support of the Navy with its outstanding shipyard facilities, diverse network of military installations and community support groups.
According to Capt. Alan Beam, USN (ret.), the 3rd CO of the Bremerton and an active supporter of military events in the area, “Normally submarine operations are classified and arrivals are announced only 24-48 hours in advance. Since this is the last arrival and it is at the namesake city, the Navy has released the date 10 days in advance. The usual arrival reception is low key and held on base at the Sam Adams Club, but this is the Bremerton!”
On April 27, Bremerton is expected to arrive at Pier D at NBK Bremerton (Naval Base Kitsap) for an opportunity for family members, former crew members, and other supporters of the Bremerton (for those without base access refer to CONTACT INFO) to experience the living history. Pier D is the furthest west and is capable of handling two aircraft carriers, a special place to receive the Bremerton.
Come and appreciate the Pride of Bremerton, the longest serving active duty submarine in the US Navy while you can still see, feel and experience the mighty warship that has spanned two Cold Wars. She is SSN 698, a deadly lady of the deep, the American Classic, the BadFish, USS Bremerton – “Call on us when you need to sink a ship.” (ref: http://ussnautilus.org/blog/uss-bremerton-ssn-698-sinks-a-ship/).
CONTACT INFO: To inquire about access to greet the boat at Pier D, CLICK HERE: (SUBJECT LINE: PIER D ACCESS 698)
FOR DETAILED INFO BEFORE YOU SEND YOUR EMAIL CLICK HERE
It is recommended that the prescreened and authorized welcome party arrive by about 16:00 (4:00 pm) on Friday, April 27th in preparation to welcome the boat when she arrives.
SOMETHING EXTRA SPECIAL
“We have requested that Captain Anderson ride for the last underway,” Capt Beam reports, “and have asked for the Navy Band on the pier.”
Thomas Anderson, Capt. USN (ret.), was the 1st Commanding Officer of the Bremerton. It would be just awesome to be a post-it on the periscope stand, the wardroom, or perhaps, on the bridge while surfaced to hear Skipper Travis Zettel swap sea stories with the Plankowner Captain while the glistening waters caress the Bremerton as she rides over the ocean.
PUBLIC INVITATION TO USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) RECEPTION ON MONDAY, APRIL 30th
“We want to open the Arrival Reception to the town,” Capt. Beam said, “and have scheduled it for the beautiful third floor Marina Vista Room at the Kitsap Convention Center at Bremerton Harborside, located at the ferry terminal. It will be at 18:00 (6:00 pm) on Monday 30 April.”
Kitsap Conference Center at
100 Washington Avenue
Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone 360.377.3785 | Fax 360.415.1054
08 MAY 1976: KEEL LAID
22 JUL 1978 LAUNCHED
28 MAR 1981 COMMISSIONED
11 JUL 1981 DEPARTS GROTON
28 OCT 1981 Reports to Homeport PEARL HARBOR
18 AUG 1998 Reports to Homeport SAN DIEGO
16 SEP 2003 Reports to Homeport PEARL HARBOR
27 APR 2018 Arriving in BREMERTON to begin inactivation/DECOM process
Photos/Images sources or courtesy of: Bremerton-Olympic Navy League Council of the US, Donald Jones, Google, US Navy, John Scanlan, Challen Yee, Ray Proud, GlobalSecurity.org, and USS Bremerton-SSN698, spec mention to Clint Ceralde, originator of the BadFish