698 Legends: MM1(SS) McGann

Editor’s Note: I want to thank Russ Woods, ICC/SS USN (Ret) for keeping the memory alive with another great candid eye-witness reflection about one of the original USS Bremerton SSN 698 sailors.

This is a republication of an original posted in January 2017 in effort to consolidated some relevant 698 history and sea-stories in the bremertonreuion.net website.

If you would like to submit an “unclassified” 698 sea story for publication, please contact me, Challen Yee, for assistance.

 

MM1(SS) Michael Riley McGann

By Russ Woods

Bremerton – Keyport 2021

photo source: navalunderseamuseum.org

For those of you unfamiliar with the Bremerton, WA area, the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport is along Port Orchard Bay, 11 miles due north of the City of Bremerton.

Since most of the submarines being decommissioned, including USS Bremerton, are situated in the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in a security zone known and the Controlled Industrialized Area (CIA), access to the public is off limits.  Therefore, it is virtually certain, ceremonies will be held apart from the submarine. In regards to the actual ceremony’s location, it is highly probable that it will be held at Keyport where other boat’s have held their DECOM events.

The Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport (image source: navalunderseamuseum.org).

The latest word regarding the Bremerton is that the Navy will sponsor a Decommissioning ceremony. In the lives of some boats,  there are two separate events, an Inactivation and a Decommissioning (DECOM).

DECOM will be the one and last official ceremonial event in Bremerton’s service to the United States. The timing is based on shipyard schedules and key elements of the work involved. In a recent article, it is estimated by CDR Chris Lindberg, 698’s Commanding Officer, that Spring of 2021 is the period that SSN 698 will Decommission.

Commissioned in March 1981, the good ol’ BadFish is looking to make an amazing 40 year run. 40 years! The first U.S. Navy submarine destined to achieve that milestone. Get ready to hoist your glasses with your shipmates, family and friends, that deserves a grande celebration – as bittersweet as it may be.

The BadFish Beat

A fresh buzz surrounds the USS Bremerton community with the mention CDR Lindberg’s target date. Many of the navy alumni, submariners who have called Bremerton their home, have often expressed that one of the best boats if not the best boat they have ever served on was the Bremerton, a fine testament to their shipmates and to the commanding officers they served under.

Last year, meeting up with the boat before she went into the CIA, affectionately known as “Deep Shipyard”, caught many 698 alumni off guard. The sudden  change in operational orders of the boat, coming straight off a West-Pac to go into the yards for DECOM, was game only for the maniac efforts of the most nimble reunioners ready for rapid deployment.

Many who attended were connected through Facebook which made communication in the fast moving situation feasible. Even so, for this event that was almost conjured out of thin air, we final-mustered a group of over 100 BadFish supporters who were willing to divide into four groups over a 3-day period to take one last reminiscent walk across the well-traveled decks and ladders of the fast-attack submarine.

 

Get your non-Facebook using Shipmates to Act Now

Over the next year we need to get interested alumni who are not members of Facebook onto our contact list.  If you know any alumni who wants to get a periodic update for reunion news, please email Master Chief Steve Everett at his email:  southzvi@gmail.com (Subject Line: 698 Email List).

Please also provide your:

  • rate/rank/dept 
  • which years served on 698
  • mailing address (email and postal) and
  • phone number 
  • Surviving family members are also welcomed to send their contact info

Please Note: EMAIL outside of Facebook, is preferred to keep costs down, but if you do not even have email, text messaging is low cost alternate. If you are actually still living in the stone age and has neither e-mail or text message ability, we’ll still do our duty to keep you informed the best we can using the postal service.

Now, we’ve got the Navy time-honored event on the horizon – DECOM. We expect to have room to maneuver our personal schedules to get into position; in the meantime, we hope the Navy will avoid doing any Crazy Ivans with their scheduling. The exact date for DECOM is TBA.

Some people were concerned that the ceremony itself will be a restricted affair in regards to security, location and audience size. At this time, it appears none of these factors will be an issue.

This website was developed particularly for those who are not on social media but have access to the internet. So tell your Facebook-hating shipmates to get their email to Master Chief or at least tell them to subscribe to this website to get important updates.

Stock illustration from Wikipedia, note the VLS Second-Flight mods which are not installed on First-Flight 688s like the American Classic.

SIGNIFICANT  & OFTEN UNREPORTED DATES:

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

 

For more information about the museum at Keyport, please click on this link NAVALUNDERSEAMUSEUM

 

Source photos for Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport: http://www.navalunderseamuseum.org

Copyright © 2019 bremertonreunion.net

Captains Log USS Bremerton June 2019

Important News from the CO’s Log of the Bremerton

Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

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…

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Let’s meet in 33 years

698 Humor

Inspired by a quip by shipmate Rich Crombie at the USS Bremerton Last Tour Reunion Dinner.

 

Photo Left: 1985 – Petty Officer Yee agrees to work with Cmdr. A.R. Beam, Commanding Officer of the USS Bremerton, 33 years in the future to organize a reunion and tour.        Photo Right:2018 – Challen Yee and Captain Alan Beam standing by the Navy Museum at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (USS Parche Sail Monument) the tour pickup location of the Final Tour of the USS Bremerton (28 May 2018).

 

Pierside – Pearl Harbor 1985

A clairvoyant interlude during an all hands muster:

Cmdr. A.R. Beam: “Petty Officer Yee, you and I are going to have to organize a tour of the boat during a reunion in Bremerton when the boat Decommissions.”

Petty Officer C.K. Yee, “Is this happening any time soon, sir?”

Cmdr. Beam, “33 years from now in 2018. Oh, and by the way, Captain Anderson will win the Grand Raffle Prize at the dinner.”

Petty Officer Yee, “Yes, sir.” Then after a moment pause, “Sir, uh… how do you know this?”

Cmdr. Beam, “That we need to organize a reunion or that the boat will Decommission in 2018?”

Petty Officer Yee, “Sir, how do you know that Captain Anderson wins the Grand Raffle Prize.”

Cmdr. Beam, “There’s nothing we need to worry about there, that’ll just happen, but I assure you, the rest will _not_ be so easy.”

 

CK

 

 

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P.S.  There’s a difference between something (i.e. this raffle drawing) happening by fate and happening by the hand of man. This was not by the hand of man and that’s what makes it very cool.

 

698: Last Chance Tour

USS BREMERTON (SSN 698)

The BadFish  – The American Classic  –  Our Gal

The Longest Serving Active Duty Submarine in the United States Navy

REGISTRATION CLOSED

“LAST CHANCE TOUR”

698 REUNION

Bremerton, Washington

25-28th May 2018

Organized by USS Bremerton SSN 698 Alumni

 

 

LAST CHANCE TOUR/REUNION  is a PRE-DECOM EVENT sponsored by 698 Alumni

The official U.S. NAVY INACTIVATION and DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONIES (DATES TBD) will occur AFTER the USS BREMERTON is in NAVAL SHIPYARD when ACCESSIBILITY IS HIGHLY RESTRICTED

REGISTRATION CLOSED

REUNION – “FINAL TOUR”  

Saturday May 26 @ 1300 

Sunday  May 27 @ 1000 and 1300 

Monday May 28th @ 1000 

Due to the limited space of this event it only open to 698 Alumni, immediate family or one guest

Surviving family members welcome

All participants in the tour of the USS BREMERTON SSN 698 must have prior approval and placed on BASE-SUB ACCESS LIST

CARD CARRYING MIL-ID Participants must be on the Access List and also carry proof of US Citizenship

ALL NON-MIL ID Participants, including minors (age 11 or older only allowed), must submit a SEC NAV 5512 for background check

PLEASE REVIEW: TOUR SECURITY GUIDELINES

 

REUNION ACCOMODATIONS

Due to the necessarily short-term preparation for this reunion, we are asking all participants to purchase their own accommodations, we recommend the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (we have a block of rooms there of your convenience that you can reserve by MAY 15th) to be in the area of the Bremerton Boardwalk, the USS Turner Joy, the Horse and Cow, the Puget Sound Naval Museum and other local attractions. Area is close to Ferry terminal. I repeat, We have a block of rooms reserved for USS BREMERTON SSN 698 REUNION at $109 per room per night at the FAIRFIELD INN, check it out and compare.

Other hotels are available within short driving distances at lesser cost, you do the research. BNBs are another option for the adventurous.

 

LOCAL BREMERTON MEMORIAL WEEKEND – EVENTS PAGE – POPUAR WATERING HOLES

 

USS BREMERTON returns to Pearl Harbor for the last time after WestPac deployment 2018 (photo: US Navy).

 

REUNION WEEKEND PROGRAM

PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGES/ALTERATIONS

PLEASE REVIEW: TOUR SECURITY GUIDELINES

 

 

FRIDAY, MAY 27

ARRIVAL AT WILL – EARLY ARRIVERS / FREE TIME / NO-HOST

FREE TIME (Suggestions: Tour USS TURNER JOY, LOCAL NAVY MUSEUMS or Rendezvous with shipmates at the H & C or watering hole of your pick, Enjoy Bremerton and Local Memorial Day Weekend Events0

 

SATURDAY, MAY 26

AM: Coffee Mug gathering (To be located) / ARRIVAL DAY

1200-1230 PICKUP FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE TO NBK PIER-D

DAY: 1300 FIRST GROUP TOUR

 

EVE:  17:00 “ALL HANDS” RECEPTION and DINNER GATHERING  – $53 ALL INCLUDED, RSVP BY WEDNESDAY, MAY 16  (children @ discount)

 

SUNDAY, MAY 27

AM:

0900-0930 PICKUP FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE TO NBK PIER-D

1000 SECOND GROUP TOUR

FREE TIME/ MEMORIAL WEEKEND CHURCH SERVICE (location TBD)

DAY

1200-1230 PICKUP FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE TO NBK PIER-D

1300 THIRD GROUP TOUR

POST TOUR:  No Host HORSE and COW GATHERING where you can drink with happy memories of the boat with your shipmates

EVE: HORSE and COW Continued  / UNPROGRAMMED DINNER  – (698 SUBMARINER’s PICK) Restaurant Adventure.

EVE UNTIL 02:00 = HORSE and COW until the COWS COME HOME.

MONDAY, MAY 28

AM:

0900-0930 PICKUP FOR SHUTTLE SERVICE TO NBK PIER-D

1000 FOURTH GROUP TOUR

FREE TIME/HANGOVER SUSTAINING OR RECOVERY MODE

DEPARTURE AT WILL

 

FINAL TOURS: Brought to you by COMSUBGRU9, NBK-BRMERTON and the OFFICERS and CREW of the BADFISH. CMDR. Travis Zettel Commanding Officer, and the collaboration of 698 Alumni

CONTACT AND REGISTRATION

REGISTRATION CLOSED

CLICK ON LINK BELOW TO CHECK FOR:

REUNION ATTENDEES

TOUR GROUP ASIGNMENTS

 

CONTACT AND REGISTRATION

 

Photo source: Capt. Alan Beam

“Last Muster” Poster artist: Rich Crombie

 

SSN 698 Plankowner Search

 

USS BREMERTON SSN-698

Inactivation Ceremony Approaches

The Decommissioning Committee is seeking PLANKOWNERS and Plankowner surviving next-of-kin from USS Bremerton (SSN 698) to take special part in the upcoming Ceremonies, details TBA.

All 698 Alumni are welcome to take part in the Ceremony events.

Please contact 698 Alummi/Plankowner search coordinator with your mailing address (and other contact info if you are willing) ASAP:

Challen Yee, STS1/SS(DV) 1983-1986

EMAIL: challenge@sbcglobal.net  

(TYPE IN SUBJECT LINE: 698 PLANKOWNER)

 

INACTIVATION/DECOM REUNION DETAILS: TBA

Recent News:

Arrival of USS Bremerton (SSN698) for DECOM

Bremerton returns to Hawaii (For last time)

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SIGNIFICANT  & OFTEN UNREPORTED DATES:

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

 

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Looks like a periscope view: Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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