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Updated:Friday, May 29, 2015 09:50 AM



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Gertrude Check: A universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer .

Our purpose is: "Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country...

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Memorial Day Ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery

(Posted May 27, 2015)


After comments by 5 federal, state and city elected officials, Bremerton Base Subvets (and several others) made a formal wreath presentation at the annual Ivy Green Memorial Day Ceremony.  Attending were at least a dozen members, about 10 in their colors.


Cdr Jim DeMott and Vcdr Steve Corcoran made the base wreath presentation at the foot of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. ( Photos by Bob Paul, Don Floyd and Dee Bassler)


After the formal ceremony, a picture taking session was conducted at the Subvets' plot  (plot set aside by the city of Bremerton in the year 2000).  Note the tall flag in each of the 4 corners of the plot were erected for this day by base officers and Dutch Kaiser.


L-R: Steve Corcoran, Jim DeMott, Ralph Harris, Don Bassler, Wayne Sieckowski, Bob Paul, Dutch Kaiser, Don Floyd and Wayne Peterson.  ( Photos by Bob Paul, Don Floyd and Dee Bassler)  See more photos here



Tolling of the Boats Ceremony (Summary), Thursday, May 21st, Deterrent Park

(Posted May 22, 2015)


HC/Life Member John Clear Sends:



A great job today!!! All went well, even the weather...

My only feedback (to Pam Love) would be to have the bell toller closer to the reader in order to better coordinate, the distance made it a bit more difficult...

I've attached 10 pictures that I took from the comfort of my shaded seat (the sun did get a bit "warm") LOL

Photos by HC/Life Member John Clear

HC/Life Member Cdr, Fred Borgmann reads the boats names. Capt Bill Rothert tolls the bell for the boats. See collage here.

Thanks again for providing a great Tolling Ceremony...

Best Regards,


John Clear EMC (SS) USN Ret.
Submarine Memorabilia, Inc., President
180 Robin Lane
Port Ludlow, WA 98365-9522

Deterrent Park Engraved Brick Installation

(Posted May 22, 2015)


On Sunday, 17 May, 14 donated engraved bricks were installed in the missile deck of the full scale top side mock up of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624) at Naval Base Kitsap, Bangor by my associate, Mike Sullivan.
Mike and I were joined by deceased Bob Monton’s son, R.J. Monton, his wife, Lisa and son Oliver, of Seattle, Wash. Other family friends were also present including donor Jerry Sousa; all helped us.
The “Woody” conducted  deterrent patrols (71) from the mid 1960’s to the late 1980’s.  It then conducted special operations through 1993, then decommissioned.

Go to this web site and follow the links to the on deck locators, pdf files lists.

Don Bassler

USSVI Bremerton Base Webmaster & Deterrent Park Brick Coordinator

Trident Training Facility's Flag Day Ceremony at Deterrent Park on Friday June 12th at 0830
(Posted May 22, 2015)

Vice Commander Steve Corcoran Sends:

I received your email through Scott Fusco. I wanted to invite you and the Submarine Veterans to Trident Training Facility's Flag Day Ceremony at Deterrent Park on Friday June 12th at 0830. We would also welcome any worn flags that need to be retired. I'll need them no later than the 9th to prepare them for the ceremony. Please let me know if you are interested or have any questions.
ETC Parker
Code N31 Instructor
Trident Training Facility Bangor
Photos by John Mansfield and Wayne Sieckowski (See big picture)

Thirteen Bremerton Base Subvets thrilled onlookers in the 67th Annual Bremerton Armed Forces Parade on Saturday morning, May 16th. Good times were had by all with a post parade toast at a local pub.

Members Clean Up Ivy Green Subvets Plot

(Posted May 10, 2015)

Photos provided by Dutch Kaiser (click to see big pic)


The three musketeers shown above spent their past Saturday doing an annual clean up of the Bremerton Base Subvet's plot in Bremerton's Ivy Green Cemetery. 


In 1995 the City of Bremerton passed a resolution dedicating 40 burial sites at Ivy Green Cemetery specifically for burial of those veterans who have served in submarines of the United States Navy.

Subsequently, in 2002, USSVI-Bremerton Base placed a stone monument there commemorating those submarine veterans. Ivy Green Cemetery is located at 1401 Naval Avenue, at the opposite end of Naval Avenue from Naval Station Kitsap-Bremerton, generally known as PSNS. Read All


Upcoming Events at the Naval Undersea Museum

(Posted May 8, 2015)


The Naval Undersea Museum has several programs coming up, the first on Saturday, May 23rd!
From: Olivia Wilson
Operations Manager
Naval Undersea Museum

Historian Presentation - May 23 at 2:00pm: The Naval History & Heritage Command's Senior Historian Dr. Michael Crawford will give a talk in the Naval Undersea Museum auditorium. Dr. Crawford's talk will be about NHHC's award-winning series Naval Documents of the American Revolution. This official Navy publication received an Honorable Mention for Volume 12 for the Society's Thomas Jefferson prize. Volume 12 and the series in general will be the topic of the presentation. (Please see flyer attached).

Author Talk & Book Signing - June 25 at 1:00pm: In conjunction with the Naval Submarine League Pacific Northwest Chapter, the Naval Undersea Museum, is excited to announce that author Rear Admiral Dave Oliver, will give a special presentation about his book, "Against the Tide: Rickover's Leadership Principles and the Rise of the Nuclear Navy" in the Naval Undersea Museum auditorium. The driving force behind America's nuclear submarine Navy, Rickover revolutionized naval warfare while concurrently proving to be a wellspring of innovation that drove American technology in the latter half of the twentieth-century.

Summer STEAM - every Wednesday in July and August from 10:00am-2:00pm. NUM will host it's first of a 10-series weekly Summer STEAM workshop on 1 July. Torpedoes and propulsion are the first theme of the season. Subsequent Summer STEAM themes are as follows: July 8: Optics, July 15: Basic Robotics, July 22: Water Properties, and July 29: SEA Fair.






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USS Scorpion Memorial
MCC Sabrina Parker, May 24

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – (May 24, 2015) - CDR Robert Landis, USS Albany (SSN 753) commanding officer, accepts the wreath from family members of the USS Scorpion (SSN 589) during a memorial ceremony held at Huntington Park, Newport News, Virginia. The wreath will be given to the crew of the USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and taken on their next underway for proper burial at sea.
(U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sabrina Parker/Released


Submarine Memorial Day Ceremony

MC1 Steven Khor, May 25

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - (May 25, 2015) - Retired submariners Ben Bearis, left, and Hap Belisle of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Bowfin Base chapter, honor submarines and their crews lost at sea, during a Memorial Day ceremony at the USS Parche Park and Submarine Memorial, May 25, on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. At the annual Memorial Day event sponsored by the Bowfin Base SubVets, submariners honor those whose lives were lost defending the nation beneath the sea, and all those on "eternal patrol."
(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Steven Khor/Released)



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