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USS Pickeral


 USS Grenadier


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

Life & HC Member Goes on Eternal Patrol

Posted April 20, 2018


Base Commander Sends


Hello Bremerton Base Members, I received the following e-mail today. We presented the Captain with his Holland Club certificate and additional items March 10th. He still had plenty of sea stories and was in good spirits. May he Rest in Peace. I will forward any additional information as I receive it. Take care my friends. Be safe.

Ladies and Gentlemen,


It is with great sadness that I report that CAPT Paul Middents, USN (RET), a distinguished 30 year career submariner and proud member of the Naval Submarine League, USSVI (Subvets) and Military Officers Association of America, passed away early this morning, surrounded by his loving and devoted family.  Paul was 79 years old.


This is an advanced notice for inclusion in the various communication vehicles for the organizations of which Paul was a member.  The family will undoubtedly provide an obituary and plans for services.  I talked with Ellen this morning and she indicated that plans are still preliminary but that internment will probably be at Tahoma National Cemetery with a small group of family and friends and that a Memorial Service celebrating Paulís life will be held some time near the end of June.  As I mentioned, these are preliminary plans.  Paulís circle of friends will endeavor to keep all friends, shipmates and fellow horologists advised of future plans.  With respect to contacting the family, please note that Ellen doesnít maintain an email account.  

Ellen Middents is a remarkable lady who is handling this as well as possible.  She has been a pillar of strength and a marvelous caregiver during Paulís long illness . 


Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

Arrival of USS Bremerton (SSN 698) for Decommissioning

Posted Monday, April 15, 2018



USS Bremerton (SSN 698) Will Arrive in Bremerton for Decommissioning

BREMERTON, Wash. (April 17, 2018) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) will arrive at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton to commence the inactivation and decommissioning process, April 27.

Bremerton is currently the oldest active duty submarine. Under the command of Cmdr. Travis Zettel, Bremerton will be departing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for a homeport change to its namesake city. Bremerton has been homeported in Hawaii since 2003.

Bremerton completed their most recent deployment April 6, 2018. During the six-month deployment, the boat and her crew steamed more than 42,000 nautical miles and conducted five foreign port visits.

The submarine's ability to support a multitude of missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, made Bremerton one of the most capable submarines in the world.

During the inactivation process, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility will de-fuel the submarine and then retain the hull in safe storage until the boat is recycled.

Commissioned March 28, 1981, Bremerton is the 11th boat of its class. She is the second U.S. Navy vessel to be named Bremerton. The boat's mission is to seek out and destroy enemy ships and submarines and to protect U.S. national interests. At 360-feet-long and 6,900 tons, Bremerton can be armed with sophisticated MK48 advanced capability torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.

For more news from the Pacific Submarine Force, visit www.csp.navy.mil.

If you are interested in attending the arrival of Bremerton, please contact LCDR Michael Smith, Submarine Group 9 Public Affairs Officer, no later than 1200 on April 25. He can be contacted at Michael.l.smith4@navy.mil or 360-396-5482. Thank you for your interest and continued support. Have a wonderful day.

Very Respectfully,

MC1 (SW/AW) Amanda Gray
Commander, Submarine Group Nine
Assistant Public Affairs Officer

Office: 360-396-4900
Cell: 619-252-2284

Base Events

Posted Monday, April 15, 2018


Base commander Sends:


Hello Bremerton Base Members;

     I hope this e-mail finds you doing well. I want to thank the following individuals for making today's Dolphin Dash a success;

Dolphin Dash Chair - John Gardner.

Registration table- Robert Webster
Registration table  - Fred Borgmann
Registration table  - Wayne Sieckowski

Storekeeper/ Pre-registration - Ralph Harris

Float -  Sam Swenson

Set-up and tear down - Don Carpenter

Participant / Pre-registration - Dutch Kaiser

Photographer - Dennis Nardone

Not to mention family and friends of John Gardner that supported today. If I forgot anyone, please forgive me, but I think I have everyone. I thank you. I count 10 base members including myself, who supported today's event.

 This is a difficult e-mail for me to send. My intention is not to offend or piss anyone off, but I need to let off some steam.  I knew before arriving today, who would appear to support the  Dolphin Dash. It is the same members every year. If one of the above members above, failed to appear today, the Dolphin Dash would not have been successful. We have approximately 263 members on our base membership. I understand we are all busy and many of our members do not reside in Kitsap County. I just don't understand. I sent an e-mail earlier in the week asking just to show up and show your colors to support the participants and the base. 10 MEMBERS SUPPORTED!!!! This was a major event to support the community and represent our base.

Since I became your Base Commander, my goal is membership and having a primary and secondary individual for all positions. That has not happened. Sam Swenson informed me today, this will probably be his last year managing the float. Who is going to step up????

I do not have all the answers, but I know for a fact, I do not want our base to turn in our charter, but if we do not take steps to right the ship, we may head in that direction. My intent is not to judge our members, but we need active participation from our members to continue our creed. We have a busy schedule starting for the summer, and I hope to see you all very soon.


I will be very honest with you all. After today's event, for the first time, I am seriously contemplating turning in my resignation as Base Commander. That is not a threat or anything in that nature, but not having the support at our events is taking a toll on me. I love the U.S.S.V.I. and Bremerton Base, but it is getting difficult to continue, when support from our members is not what it should be. 10% cannot do 90% of the work. I still work full time, have a family, as does our WD4 Commander, COB, and a few others. All we ask is a few hours a month of your time to support our base and events.

Well I think that is all I have. If you have any questions, feedback, or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I am open to all suggestions, and anything else you may need. I am still your Base Commander and I am here for you. Just a very frustrating day. Be safe friends, and see you at the meeting Tuesday evening.

Steve Corcoran
Base Commander
U.S.S.V.I. Bremerton Base.
P.O. Box 6216
Silverdale, WA 98315
Cell (360) 471-2704

Semi Annual Deterrent Park Brick Order Date Close at Hand

Posted Saturday, April 14, 2018

New engraved bricks are installed semi-annually in the missile deck of the full scale top side model of the USS Woodrow Willson (SSBN 624)  at Deterrent Park on the submarine base, NBK, Bangor. Newly ordered bricks are installed in May and November.

Since day one, the year 2000, 2400 engraved bricks have been installed.

In less than a month, the May order will be submitted to the engraver.  Drop dead date for ordering bricks is May 10th, 2018.

The price per brick is $40.  Half of that goes for bricks & engraving, while the other half goes into the base treasury tagged for charitable functions such as scholarships for Subvets children and grandchildren.

Go to http://deterrentpark.org for more info about Deterrent Park.


Deterrent Park Volunteer, but.....

(Posted February 28 , 2018)


Recently you may have seen my plea on this site and in the base newsletter, Puget Soundings, for a a relief to take over the administration of the engraved brick ordering, engraving and installation at Deterrent Park, NBK, Bangor.


Right away, the  main installer, Ron Lewis, that enjoys doing the "grunt" work, as he calls it, called and said he would gladly continue on in that capacity, but could not handle the administration.  THANK YOU RON .


So I still do not have a relief on the Admin side.


Please consider this "light duty".  Please call me at 360-602-0250, or 360-509-0250 or e-mail to give you more information. V/R Don Bassler, Webmaster.


Bremerton Base USSVI announces 2018 Scholarship Program

by Wayne Sieckowski, Scholarship Chairman

(Posted January 18, 2018)

The Bremerton Base United Submarine Veterans is concerned that the educational potential for their dependent sons, daughters and grandchildren may not be realized due to financial constraints. The membership believes that all young people who are academically qualified for admittance to an accredited college or vocational school should have the financial means to enable them to attend a school of higher education that will allow them to attain their goals.

In keeping with this belief the EBoard has approved the awarding of 5, $1,000 Scholarships for 2018. Applications and information about applying for the Scholarship can be found at the baseís web site http://gertrude-check.org/scholarshiphistory.html or can be obtained from the Scholarship chairman Wayne Sieckowski Wsieckowski@gmail.com

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     "Actions speak louder than words!

People's intentions can be judged better by what they do than what they say."




April 6, 2018

Photos by Don Bassler


Left Click on Headline to go Directly to Article

Arrival of USS Bremerton (SSN 698) for Decommissioning

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USS Bremerton Returning To Namesake City For Decommissioning

Charting the Course: the U.S. Needs an Arctic Fleet

55 Years After Thresher Disaster, Navy Still Keeps Secrets on Sub Loss

USS Bremerton Returns to Pearl Harbor for Final Time

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