Photos and Images

Bremerton Captain’s Chris Lindberg, Alan Beam ((CO#3), and Tom Anderson, plankowner and CO #1
Front: Martin “Bubba ” Russell, Joel Walton, Donald Jones, Tom McPhillips. Back: Dave Morris, Conrad Bilgrien, Frank Hamilton
Bobby Schmidt and Greg Carroll
Bill Patterson, Juan Acosta and Joel Walton
Dave “SpIzZ” Withers, Chris Friesen, Jim Baker, and Marty Russell
John Brunkalla, and Tim Payne. Back: Conrad Bilgrien
Rich Crombie and Bob Schmidt
The owner of the Horse and Cow and Capt Anderson. Capt Beam seated in background in green sweater
Oh, yeh, not making any buddies on the boomer side….


John Scanlan’s “before and after challenge”
Barbara and Bob Schmidt
The LAST CO and the FIRST
Mrs Lindberg


Dave Shaw
Chris Shinn
Ron Shirey
Greg Carroll
Matt Weber
Tom McPhilllips
Don Jones
Joe Polizotti
Sean Hankin
Conrad Bilgrien
Mike Trail
John Esau
Rich Boltin
Marty Russell
Frank Hamilton
Tom Canter







Photo credits: Joel Walton, Rich Crombie, Bill Patterson, Juan Acosta, John Scanlan, Bob Schmidt, and probably missed someone, also Facebook Live by Joel Walton and Rich Crombie

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Senior Enlisted Plankowner to attend Ceremony

Senior Enlisted Plankowner at Commissioning to attend the Decommissioning Ceremony

On May 18th, 2021 for the USS Bremerton’s (SSN-698) Decommissioning Ceremony at Keyport, Washington, a senior enlisted plankowner was selected to take one of the rare seats available.  This year was not possible to have more than 50 participants/attendees due to the strict COVID safety regulations observed by the Navy.

With respect to the late Bremerton plankowner and Chief-of-the-Boat, CMDCM(SS) Paul H. Gagnon, one seat was offered to the most senior enlisted man present at the Commissioning who also is expected to attend the Decommissioning Reunion in Bremerton.

When retired Senior Chief Gregory Carroll signed up to join the reunion in Bremerton, little did he know what was in store for him. He expected to be reunited with several of his fellow shipmates and plankowners including STSCS(SS)  Gordon “Gordy” Jennings USN (ret.) (a “Son of Bremerton”) and  ETCS(SS) Donald Jones  USN (ret.), but Senior Chief Carroll was then STS1(SS) Greg Carroll on the day of Commissioning (and with respect to other requirements set forth by the current Command) was selected to represent all enlisted plankowners and alumni who are unable to attend the ceremony in person.

Other Plankowners expected to attend the reunion are retired Navy submariners, CAPT. Tom Anderson, USN (ret), the first Commanding Officer of USS Bremerton (who is expected to speak at the ceremony), Conrad Bilgrien,  John Brunkalla, ICC(SS) Clemon Cager USN (ret.) , Frank Hamilton, Sean Hankin, CDR. Karl Jensen USN (ret) ,  Jeff Johnson, Thomas McPhillips, EMC(SS) Timothy Payne USN (ret.),  John Scanlan, CAPT. David Withers USAF (ret), and ICC(SS) Russ Woods USN (ret.).



Here’s a brief bio on our guy…


Gregory V. Carroll STSCS(SS) USN Ret.


Gregory was born in 1954 and raised in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. He enlisted in the Navy in March 1975.

After completion of Submarine Sonar “A” School at Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center Pacific he reported to the USS Thomas Jefferson SSBN-618 Blue where he served from Dec 1975 until Jan 1978. He then returned to FLEASWTRACENPAC to attend Sonar “A-2” and “C” Schools and AN/BQQ-5 Advanced Maintenance Practices from Mar 78 until Mar 79.

In Dec 78 he married Jolyn Carter who was from Eagle, CO.

He reported to the PCU Bremerton SSN-698 in Apr 79 and served on her until May 1982 as a Sonar Supervisor.

Greg Carroll and Capt. Tom Anderson.

Gregory then received orders to COMSUBPAC Staff and was assigned to the Tactical Weapons Training and Certification Team until July 1984.

In Aug. of 1984 he reported to COMNAVSEASYSCOM where he was the Sonar representative on the SUBACS Operability Review Team (SORT) and worked on the Seawolf SSN-21 design and arrangements.

Greg Carroll makes Chief accompanied by his wife, Jolyn.

Gregory then reported to PCU San Juan SSN-751 serving as Sonar Leading Chief Petty Officer and the Combat System Departmental LCPO.

Dec 1988 he again reported to COMNAVSEASYSCOM where he served as Chief Engineer for RADM Doug Volgenau PEO-Submarine Combat and Weapons Systems until 1993 where he was transferred to PMS-450 the Virginia Class Submarine Program Office.

Gregory retired from the Navy in July 1995.

After retiring from the Navy Gregory continued to support the Virginia Class Program Office working as a contractor at several different companies.

Gregory and Jolyn have 1 daughter (Alissa) who was born in Hawaii in 1982.

Gregory retired totally in October 2015. He and his wife Jolyn currently live in Dumfries, VA and spend their winters in Boynton Beach, FL.

Submarine Sonar Chief Gregory V. Carroll


All photos of Greg Carroll are courtesy of Gregory and Jolyn Carroll

Note: Please direct any corrections or typos to: SUBJ: TYPOS

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USS Bremerton (SSN-698) Decommissioning Dinner

Reservations Required

This is a preparatory blogpost just to key-in 698 Reunion attendees on the need for an accurate headcount for the DECOM DINNER to be held at the beautiful Kiana Lodge.


Click Here for details


Tuesday May 18th – 17:00 -22:00

  • reservations required
  • Cash payment of $25 per person AT THE DOOR
  • Succulent specially prepared Salmon part of the main course
  • No-Host Cocktails
  • Complimentary transportation provided for reunion attendees with reservations to and from the Fairfield Inn, in Bremerton

Please feel free to leave comment to signal your desire to attend before the official webpage is released.



Sponsored by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the Navy League 

Washington State COVID Phase by County


698 Shipmates want to know “How is Washington State, particularly Kitsap County doing in regards to COVID phase?”


IMPORTANT UPDATE: MAY 4, 2021. Governor of Washington pauses any change to COVID phases for 2 weeks due to most recent indications that recent wave has passed a plateau and appears to be receding. This means that no changes are expected prior to the Bremerton’s DECOM date.




Here is a State Gov. reference:

KITSAP, currently being in Phase 3 (green), allows for greater capacity in public places than in Phase 2 (yellow).

Next official trend update is May 3rd, 2021. State and County agencies monitor changes by the day.

Please see government sources for the latest information.

This map represents the county status as of April 16th, 2021 The next official assessment is May 3rd (as of the time of this post). Please go to link to see the latest government assessment. (source:


FYI, the Cities of Bremerton and Poulsbo are in KITSAP COUNTY.


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This fabulous photo comes from MMC(SS) Bob Abele

Photo source/credit and courtesy of: MMC(SS) Robert Abele

The Chief’s comments:



Please comment for additional information of those in this photo


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