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The 2012 Lt William “Willie” Spoon
Memorial Scholarship Program
progress. Eight $1000.00 scholarships will be awarded to
high school seniors & college students who are children or
grandchildren of local submarine parents, grandparents
or members of the Bremerton Base. The awards will be
made at the June 19th General Membership Meeting.
Applications are available at the National Office in
Silverdale (open 6-to noon weekdays) or by contacting
Scholarship Chair John Gardner via e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications must be submitted
by 5 May 2012.
Also the annual Lt William “Willie” Spoon Memorial
Scholarship raffle is underway and members should
receive their tickets soon. SELL EM! The Grand prize is
$300 and will by drawn on June 19th. Other prizes will
also be drawn during the following week.
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation
Scholarship Foundation currently sponsors 127 students,
who each receive an annual scholarship of $3,400. Each
recipient may potentially receive a total of $13,600 for
up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. The number
of new awards granted each year is determined by
graduation/attrition of current Dolphin Scholars and
donations. Dolphin Scholarship Foundation is proud to
have awarded over eight million dollars to more than
1,000 students attending universities and colleges
through the United States.
Completed applications and all required documents must
be on premises by March 15.
For more information see:
Dolphin Scholarship Foundation Calendars are available
for order at:
Annual Award Nominations
and POC's, please give this the widest distribution
within your Bases. Also, if you've had changes in POC's,
please let me know so I can change my email lists.
I hope you all had a great entry into the New Year and
are ready to move forward in 2012.
I speak to you here tonight.....oops, wrong speech.....
Within our organization there are members who give
tirelessly of their time, talents and often, own funds,
to create interesting, fruitful and memorable activities
that will benefit everyone at the National, District and
One of the ways we can recognize those efforts is
through the award program.
We had nice awards for a Base and a few Newsletters last
year in District 4 but I know the potential is out there
One of the most significant ways to honor those who help
with these successes is by making recommendations and
submitting nominations for awards in a timely manner.
There is an "Awards
Handbook" on the www.ussvi.org website, giving
details on each award, suggested criteria for them and
lists of those who've won them in the past.
Every member has the right to submit a nomination for
any award. I'd like to encourage everyone, specially
Base Commanders, to take the time necessary to 'bone up'
on the award process and submit recommendations for
those who are doing exemplary work within your district
Award nominations are due by April 30th, 2012.
Newsletter of the Year submissions are due by May 15th,
Contact information for whom and where to submit
nominations is also on the website.
I will be submitting nominations for a few awards
concerned with Bases and Base Commanders, but you know
who does what within your Base better than I.
So, make the effort and give recognition where it is
deserved. Let's get a few more awards for our District
and the Western region.
I have had the honor to judge award competitions in the
past and know for a fact that there are members in
District 4 that could easily have beaten out those who
received them last year. Make your voice heard and at
the same time honor those who sacrifice time with their
families and other activities to make meetings
productive, enjoyable and worthy of their time.
Western District 4 Commander
253 202 6433 (Cell)
360 569 0507 (Home...no cell coverage)
1-26-2012 Subvet News
To: Distribution List
NEWS-01: Associate Member Procedure
Submitted by: T. Michael Bircumshaw on 1/26/2012
All membership applications for Associate Members of
USSVI must be sent by US mail to the national Office in
Online applications are no longer accepted nor utilized.
Due to the needs of the organization all Associate
Member applications will be screened and require
approval prior to being entered into the organization
There are two specific reasons for this change in
1. Applications are being submitted that do not comply
with the published requirements as stated in the
Constitution and By-Laws.
2. It is
imperative to retain the "War Veteran's Status of USSVI
in order to remain eligible for the "Tax Deductible"
status of all of our individual Bases.
Additionally, all Associate member applications must
clearly indicate if the proposed Associate member is a
US military Veteran and show their years of service,
branch of service, and highest Rank/Rate/Pay grade.
All Associate Member applications must be submitted as
Attn: John Gardner
USSVI National Office
PO Box 3870
Silverdale, WA 98383-3870
Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV).
Canceled due to school closures preventing preparation.
Will be rescheduled. You are invited to observe a remote
operated vehicle (ROV) demonstration at the Olympic High
School pool on ????????, from ???????????.
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
(STEM) class, consisting of 30 students and 15 ROVs will put on the show. The pool is very warm so if
you want to watch the kids displaying their ROV's, dress
will assist in this demonstration.
Deterrent Park Up Date
Since the October 2011 brick installation,
three sponsors have donated 4 engraved bricks to Deterrent Park.
They will be installed, with other donated bricks, in May 2012.
These sponsors are Barton, Davison and Aiello(2),
Kolbeck(2), Briggs and Langeliers.
An engraved brick for a loved one that served
his/her country could be an everlasting memory. You may
want to consider one or more for gifts
for other occasions. All the
information you may want to know about the Park and an
are online. (And the donation is IRS
2012 Annual National & Base Dues are Due by Dec 31, 2011
Dues schedule below.
Annual Dues are: National $20 + Base $20 = $40
Make a single check for $40 made out to USSVI Bremerton Base and
give it to the Treasurer or
mail it to PO Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383
Life Membership Dues
are in the table below.
members are not except from national
or base dues. (2011 change to base by-laws applies.)
As an example, at the current annual rate of $40 National & Base
dues, it would take a member <45 years old about 19 years
to = $750 National Life & base dues. About 58 Bremerton
Base members should take a look.
Over time, dues increase, so if you have good intentions
of sticking it out, please consider a life membership, no matter
what your current age. (pay now or pay more later/GC ed)
BREMERTON BASE BOOSTERS for 2012
The following Members are recognized
for their generous donations to the Base
Updated: Jan 4,
Fri, Feb 10, 1130
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Riddell Road E. Bremerton
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* Ltr of 2011
appreciation/request for 2012 gift certificate
Founder & Editor
Other News of Interest to Submariners
Washington Navy League Councils Adopt
USS Henry M. Jackson
By Lt. j.g. Brandon Stewart, USS Henry M. Jackson Public
Affairs, Jan 28, 2012
BANGOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Ballistic missile submarine USS
Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730), based at Naval Base
Kitsap-Bangor and named for one of Washington state's
most famous native sons, was formally adopted by two
Puget Sound-area councils of the Navy League, Jan. 25.
Henry M. Jackson's two commanding officers, Cmdr.
Matthew Terwilliger (Blue Crew) and Cmdr. Jeffrey Farah
(Gold Crew), hosted a ceremony in which the presidents
of the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council and Greater
Everett Council signed adoption papers for the
"I am very excited about the Bremerton-Olympic Council
and Greater Everett Council adopting our ship," said
Terwilliger. "I cannot tell you what it means to all of
us on the crew to know there are people in the Pacific
Northwest supporting us."
Representatives from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation,
led by executive director Lara Iglitzin, were also in
attendance at the ceremony.
Henry M. Jackson, commissioned in 1984, is the only
Ohio-class submarine not named for a U.S. state. Its
namesake, the late Henry M. (Scoop) Jackson (1912-1983),
represented the state of Washington in Congress for more
than 42 years, the last 30 as a U.S. senator. (The
good old days!GCed)
As part of the ceremony, Navy League representatives
donated memorabilia for display aboard the boat,
including a poster and hat from one of Jackson's
The council presidents, Carolyn Dankers
(Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula) and James Sketchley
(Greater Everett), also presented awards to Henry M.
Jackson's Sailors and junior officers of the year.
"We look forward to knowing you better and establishing
a long-lasting relationship," Dankers said.
"With this partnership, we are looking at good things
for the future," added Sketchley.
Henry M. Jackson originally was to have been named USS
Rhode Island. The contract to build Rhode Island was
awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General
Dynamics Corporation at Groton, Conn., June 6, 1977, and
her keel was laid there Jan. 19, 1981.
Shortly after Jackson died suddenly in office Sept. 1,
1983, Rhode Island was renamed Henry M. Jackson in his
honor. The name Rhode Island was transferred to another
Ohio-class submarine, USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740).
Henry M. Jackson was launched Oct. 15, 1983, sponsored
by Jackson's daughter, Anna Marie Jackson, and
commissioned Oct. 6, 1984, with Capt. Ralph Tindal in
command of the Blue Crew and Capt. Michael Farmer in
command of the Gold Crew.
Today, Henry M. Jackson is one of eight Ohio-class
ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base
Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the
nation's strategic deterrent forces.
DOD considering base closures, cuts in
put the Naval Submarine Base New London on the
chopping block and trim billions of dollars from
Connecticut's defense industry.
The CT Mirror, January 26
Washington -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's vision
for a "smaller, leaner" military
Panetta on Thursday said the Pentagon will absorb $487
billion in defense cuts over the next 10 years by
shrinking ground forces and cutting back and delaying
major weapons systems, including submarines and a jet
fighter with engines made in Connecticut.
Key members of Connecticut's congressional delegation
said Panetta's call for a new round of base closures
would be dead on arrival in Congress, but the Defense
Secretary's proposals for a leaner Pentagon budget in
the coming fiscal year were far broader than a
politically uncertain pitch to shed military bases.
Panetta said the Army would shrink by 80,000 soldiers,
from 570,000 today to 490,000 by 2017.and; the; Marine
Corps would drop from today's 202,000 to 182,000.
In Connecticut, it was his forecast for a slowdown in
the production of submarines and jet fighters that will
raise alarms in an election year.
ballistic missile submarine that would be built by
Electric Boat in Groton,
but EB's spokesman, Robert Hamilton, said, "We don't
want to comment on the budget at this stage."
He said there
Congress must approve the administration's defense
budget and is likely to change it.
built by Electric Boat would be delayed from 2014 to
Panetta also said one of the two new Virginia-class
But the biggest impact to Connecticut's defense industry
would be the proposed cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike
Fighter, whose engine is built by Pratt & Whitney in
Panetta also said the President Obama will ask Congress
for another round of base closings.
"We cannot afford to sustain infrastructure that is
excess to our needs in this budget environment," Panetta
Naval Submarine Base New London,
which actually is across the Thames River in Groton,
for closure by the
last Base Closure and Realignment Commission in 2005.
But lobbying by members of the Connecticut congressional
delegation helped save the base.
Sens. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. and Richard Blumenthal,
D-Conn.. and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, quickly
released a joint statement in strong opposition to
another BRAC. They serve on the Senate and House armed
"There is sweeping bipartisan opposition to another
round of BRAC at this time. Given that the process
requires congressional approval just to get off the
ground, the proposal is dead on arrival," the joint
statement said. '
The lawmakers may be right, said Loren Thompson, a
defense analyst with the Lexington Institute.
"It's really unlikely that Congress would vote on a base
closing process in this election year," Thompson said.
But the Pentagon is required by law to cut its budget
and there may be more pressure to vote for a BRAC next
year, Thompson said.
Thompson also said the Pentagon's cuts to weapons
systems, if enacted "would have a dramatic impact on
Pratt &Whitney that could result in layoffs.
Pratt & Whitney did not immediately return calls for
Blumenthal said he is "troubled" by the Pentagon's
proposal to delay construction of the submarines but he
hoped purchases from other countries of the F-35 fighter
will prevent layoffs at Pratt & Whitney.
"I think this plane will be ordered by our allies," he
Blumenthal wass also that the F-35, plagued by delays,
technical problems and cost overruns, has been recently
given a clean bill of health by the Pentagon.
Former Connecticut Rep. Rob Simmons, who fought against
the closure of the submarine base in Groton, is a sharp
critic of the Pentagon's new budget proposal, "I am very
concerned that this administration will do damage to our
nationals security'" he said.
Panetta visited the submarine base and nearby Electric
Boat shipyard in November, touring the USS Mississippi,
a Virginia-class attack sub under construction. At the
time, according to the Armed Forces Press Service, he
talked about the importance of Groton and showed no
appetite for base closures.
"It's the home of our submarine force, it's the original
home of the Nautilus and it is, from my point of view,
one of the very important elements of our national
defense that you guys are doing," Panetta said told the
workers. "The work that you're doing is absolutely
essential to our ability to keep our country safe."
Panetta, who was a California congressman when Fort Ord,
Calif., closed, also talked about his desire to avoid
another round of base closings, though he complimented
the Connecticut delegation for its defense of the base
"The reality is that your delegation has put up a good
fight," he said. "You're talking to somebody that went
through the BRAC process."
Panetta told his audience in Groton he was aware that
base closures hurt local economies.
"I went through the hell of having to figure out what do
I do to try to protect the economy of my local
community," Panetta said. "Fortunately, we were able to
do it. We located a campus there and it's doing fine.
But I wouldn't wish going through BRAC on anybody." (Then
he woke up!/GC ed)
Panetta Said to Seek Cancellation of
L-3’s U.S. Army C-27J Transport Plane
seek a greater role for the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class
by outfitting them with additional cruise missiles,
according to a person familiar with plans to be
Bloomberg Businessweek, January 26
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta
Panetta will lay out the Pentagon’s $525 billion budget
plan for fiscal 2013 and also may ask Congress for
authority to close domestic military bases, the person
The U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines, built by
General Dynamics Corp. (GD) and Huntington Ingalls
Industries Inc. (HII), will be redesigned to carry out
so-called prompt global strike missions, the person
Panetta also will propose reducing the Army from 562,000
personnel to 490,000 by fiscal 2017 and the Marines from
202,000 to 182,000 by that date, according to the
person, who spoke on condition of anonymity before
Panetta presents his budget outline at the Pentagon.
Air Force aircraft will be reduced to match a reduction
in personnel under a defense plan to be outlined today
by U.S. Panetta, according to the person.
Panetta will propose canceling the C-27J transport plane
made by L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL), and
Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Italy’s
Finmeccanica SpA (FNC), the person said. Panetta may
also call for retiring some C-5 and C-130 transport
planes, both made by Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT)
The Pentagon budget will call for reducing the number of
Air Force tactical air squadrons to 43 from 50, while
plans for new bombers and refueling aircraft will go
forward, according to the person.
The Defense Department will say it can find $60 billion
in savings by reducing waste and overhead, increasing
information- technology efficiency, streamlining staff
and inventory management.
To contact the reporters on this story: Roxana Tiron in
Washington at email@example.com; Gopal Ratnam in
DoD plans smaller pay raises, benefits
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Jan 26, 2012 12:12:33 EST
Pay caps, reduced retirement benefits and higher
out-of-pocket costs for retiree health care are in the
military’s future under the Defense Department’s new
strategy that will be announced this afternoon.
For 2013 and 2014, the Defense Department is budgeting
for military raises that fully match the average
increase in private-sector wages, according to
congressional aides who have been briefed on the
Pentagon’s plans. Read
DoD plans smaller pay raises, benefits cuts - Navy News
| News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times
Early retirement for some ERB
Jan 23, 2012 06:10 pm | Navy News Service
As announced by NAVADMIN 025/12, released Jan. 20, the
Navy will offer voluntary early retirement to certain
Sailors separating due to the Enlisted Retention Board (ERB).
Read more here
Nations Face Off Beneath The Waves
CHANGING WORLD 2012--Japan and East Asia
By Yomiuri Shimbun, Jan. 24, 2012
The world has been thrust into a period of great change
due to China's emergence and the geopolitical decline of
Western powers. This series of articles deals with the
formation of a new international order, and potential
leadership changes in the United States, China and
Russia this year. This first installment focuses on an
underwater tug-of-war between U.S. and Chinese
submarines in the Pacific Ocean.
An underwater tug-of-war is intensifying among countries
such as China, Russia and the United States in the seas
Vietnamese Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh, who comes
from Vietnam's army, requested an inspection of a
Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine when he visited
Japan in October.
He visited the Makishio, a main submarine of the MSDF
Submarine Flotilla 1, in the city of Kure, Hiroshima
Prefecture. Made in Japan, the state-of-the-art
submarine boasts a displacement capacity of 2,750 tons
and is 82 meters in length. It can travel underwater
silently and has stealth capabilities.
The Vietnamese defense minister paid close attention to
the Makishio's interior. It was rare for the MSDF to
show the military leader of a non-allied country the
craft's interior, which is full of secrets.
The commander of the Vietnamese Navy also visited Japan
Vietnam's military leaders visited Japan and contacted
the MSDF in succession because the country is now
rapidly trying to build its own submarine fleet. The
first of six Kilo-class Russian-made submarines Vietnam
purchased in 2009 will be delivered in two years.
Because it can travel silently underwater, a submarine
is a strategic weapon. It has the offensive capability
to destroy enemy ships and disrupt their transportation
routes. It also has spying capabilities and can collect
intelligence right under an enemy's nose. The very
existence of a submarine can restrict an enemy's moves.
Vietnam will employ submarines to deal with territorial
disputes with China in the south China Sea. A Vietnamese
source said the nation has begun receiving assistance
from Russia and India to train its submarine crew
"We've already made a request to Japan to help us
operate submarines and train crew members," he said.
When the Vietnamese defense minister visited Japan,
Tokyo and Hanoi confirmed a multilateral cooperation
security policy out of concern for China's ambitions to
increase its influence in the south and East China seas.
The two governments also signed a memorandum to promote
mutual defense exchanges.
Submarines would also help counter Beijing's strategy of
denying the U.S. Navy access to and intervention in seas
close to China.
Beijing possesses more than 70 submarines, including
state-of-the-art Jin-class nuclear submarines that can
launch ballistic missiles. They have reportedly been
deployed to China's Hainan Island, where the nation's
largest submarine base is located.
Hong Kong media have reported that Beijing has an
ambitious project to build 30 new submarines by 2020.
This suggests China, the world's second-largest economic
power, is seriously considering a "private" plan to
divide the Pacific Ocean into two and control one of the
halves. The United States would control the other half,
with Hawaii at its border. A high-ranking officer of the
Chinese Navy revealed the plan's existence to the
commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Command in China
as a "private proposal" in 2007.
This plan, however, is a grave challenge to the United
States and runs counter to the very idea of freedom of
navigation in international waters being part of its
"China's emergence as a regional power has the potential
to affect the U.S. economy and our security in a variety
of ways," according to a defense strategy report
released by U.S. President Barack Obama's administration
on Jan. 5.
It declared the U.S. military will abandon its
conventional strategy to prepare for large-scale wars in
two regions at the same time, and "will of necessity
rebalance [efforts] toward the Asia-Pacific region."
The U.S. submarine fleet, the strongest in the world,
would head toward the west in the Pacific Ocean.
Washington is planning to deploy 60 percent of its
aircraft carriers and submarines in the Asia-Pacific
region. Attack submarines would be deployed forward to
hunt enemies and protect U.S. aircraft carriers from
surprise attacks by Chinese submarines.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Congressional
Research Service, the U.S. Navy has deployed three
attack nuclear-powered submarines in waters near Guam.
The report also says three others of the same type and
two cruise-missile submarines have been deployed in
waters off the U.S. mainland's west coast. A U.S.
nuclear submarine is also planned to visit the western
part of Australia.
A 21st-century version of the "Great Game" has begun
between the United States and China under the western
Pacific. With Vietnam joining the link between the
United States and its allies, a loose but broad
coalition is forming against China. In the northern part
of the Pacific, Russian nuclear submarines, meanwhile,
are observing the United States and China's moves.
New Commanding Officer Of NUWC Keyport
northkitsapherald.com, Jan 21, 2012
KEYPORT — Capt. David K. Kohnke will assume command of
Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Keyport in
Kohnke will relieve Capt. Stephen E. Iwanowicz, who
served as the 35th commander of NUWC Keyport since
September 2008. Iwanowicz is retiring after nearly 30
years in the Navy.
Kohnke is engineering and planning officer at Pearl
Harbor Naval Shipyard and Inter-mediate Main-tenance
A native of Indiana, he enlisted in the Navy in 1980.
After completing nuclear training, he served as an
instructor in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and aboard USS
Bremerton (SSN698). He was selected for an NROTC
scholarship and graduated from the University of Arizona
in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering. He was commissioned through the Enlisted
Commissioning Program in 1990, and earned a master of
science in electrical engineering from Arizona State
University in 1997.
His career includes service as repair officer of the
Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Bangor, and
combat systems officer aboard USS John C. Stennis
GROTON, Conn. (NNS) -- Former crew members of the
Historic Ship USS Nautilus (SSN 571) offered their
reflections of serving aboard the U.S. Navy's first
nuclear-powered submarine in advance of the 58th
anniversary of its launching Jan. 21.
Former submariner Al Charette served aboard Nautilus in
1957 as a first class sonarman. "Not only the first
nuclear powered submarine in the Navy, it was the
world's first nuclear-powered vessel. It was also the
world's first ship to reach the North Pole," said
Charette. "A lot of earlier exploration ships attempted
it, but didn't achieve the North Pole. A lot of people
visited the North Pole, some by plane, by dog sled, but
our submarine will be remembered as the first ship in
history to reach the North Pole."
Charette said he still possesses the 1978 National
Geographic Magazine detailing the submarine's arrival at
the North Pole. Nautilus is mentioned as one of the
first to pioneer a route across the top of the world as
it passed under the North Pole 1958.
Charette also praised the Submarine Force Museum for
their maintenance and upkeep of their former submarine
since its arrival at the museum.
"When I go down to that ship, any
day, it is in such good condition, you wonder why it
couldn't get underway this afternoon," said Charette. "I
think the condition of the submarine is amazing after
all of these years."
Nautilus was decommissioned from the U.S. Navy in 1980
and towed to Groton, Conn. in 1985 to become part of the
Submarine Force Museum. The museum opened the submarine
for tours to the public in April 1986.
"For most people who visit the Submarine Force Museum,
this will be the only time they ever go onboard a Navy
vessel," said Lt. Cmdr. Robert Sawyer,
officer-in-charge, Historic Ship Nautilus. "The Nautilus
crew works very hard to preserve the submarine and
ensure it is available for generations to come. The crew
also provides a chance for the public to talk to Sailors
about their experiences in the Navy."
is the only nuclear-powered submarine currently on
William Engdall, a former Nautilus commissioning crew
member served on board from 1953 to 1956.
"I served on board Nautilus with an exceptional crew of
officers and enlisted men who were as concerned with
their shipmates' careers as they were their own, and the
camaraderie they displayed, directly influenced my
decision to make the Navy a career," said Engdall. "The
Nautilus was nothing like the two diesel boats that I
had previously served aboard. The boat was unique, and a
true fighting machine."
Engdall added that the Nautilus had all the creature
comforts the crew needed.
"We had a washing machine, a crews' mess that was
transformed into a movie theater, a coin-operated Coke
machine, a juke box, private fiberglass bunks with
individual ventilation and bunk lights," said Engdall.
Engdall also drew cartoons and documented life aboard
Nautilus. So, when the Walt Disney Studios sent the
submarine their concept of what the ship's patch should
look like, it was also the version of the craft depicted
in the movie, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea."
"The crew thought that a different version would be more
appropriate and asked me to provide a drawing
representing the actual USS Nautilus. The drawing was
sent to Walt Disney Studios and they embellished my
drawing, and it is now recognized as the official ship's
patch," said Engdall.
Engdall is extremely proud to have served on board USS
Nautilus and enjoys taking friends through the boat.
"The Nautilus will always have a place in my heart,"
Navy League Presents Awards to USS
By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class
Ronald Gutridge, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S.
Pacific Fleet Public Affairs, Jan 20, 2012
PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- The Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula
Council of the Navy League presented awards to four
Sailors assigned to the Los Angeles-class submarine, USS
Bremerton (SSN 698), for outstanding achievement
throughout 2011 at the submarine piers on Joint Base
Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 20.
Dr. Byron Faber of the Bremerton-Olympic
Peninsula Council of the Navy League presented awards to
the following submariners: Machinist's Mate 2nd Class
(SS) Charles Corcoran was awarded the 2011 Engineering
"Go-to-Guy" award for engineering excellence. Culinary
Specialist 2nd Class (SS) Bevon Drummond was awarded the
2011 Supply "Silent Specialist of the Year" for Supply
Department excellence. Electronics Technician 2nd Class
(SS) Christopher Beal was awarded the 2011 "Bowditch
Award" for Navigation excellence and Sonar Technician
(Submarines) 2nd Class (SS) Jerry Verant was awarded the
2011 "Tactical Adonis of the Year" for tactical and
Weapons Department excellence.
"It is a great privilege to present these awards and
recognize what a great job these Sailors are doing,"
said Faber. "This is our way of showing them that the
citizens of Bremerton appreciate all that they do for
The council sponsors USS Bremerton. The organization
provides awards to four Sailors each year serving on USS
Bremerton based on superior performance over the past
year. This initiative was started in 2010 by Faber. He
was also instrumental in the adoption of the submarine
by the city of Bremerton. A ceremony commemorating this
event was held in Bremerton in January 2011.
"Over the past year, Dr. Faber and the Navy League have
provided outstanding support for USS Bremerton working
to recognize superior performance and improve the
quality of life of USS Bremerton Sailors and families,"
said Cmdr. Caleb Kerr, commanding officer, USS
Bremerton. "This camaraderie between the city of
Bremerton, the Navy League and the ship has paid big
dividends in crew morale. It means a great deal to me
that citizens of the fine city of Bremerton and the Navy
League are supporting my Sailors and the ship
particularly while we are deployed."
DARPA Awards 3rd Contract to Develop
Low-Power, Non-Acoustic Anti-Submarine Warfare
Technologies for UAS
UAS Vision, January 19
Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) experts in the US Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington,
Virginia, have awarded their third industry contract for
a programme that seeks to develop technologies to help
detect enemy submarines in shallow coastal waters and
harbours without using traditional acoustic
submarine-hunting technologies like sonar.
unmanned aircraft systems
The DARPA Strategic Technology Office has awarded
Cortana Corp. in Falls Church, Virginia, a $496,500
contract for the Shallow Water Agile Submarine Hunting
(SWASH) programme, which seeks to develop small,
lightweight, low power non-acoustic ASW surveillance and
cued search capability for
UAS operating over shallow-water coastal areas and
For the SWASH research programme DARPA also awarded a
$249,735.48 to SRC Inc. in North Syracuse, New York,
last October, and a $367,507 contract last September to
Applied Physical Sciences Corp. in Groton, Connecticut.
Cued search capability refers to a way of looking for
submerged submarines using data from separate or remote
The companies will try to develop advanced ASW
surveillance capability, which does not use traditional
acoustics or sonar, for
DARPA scientists are asking experts from Cortana, SRC,
and Applied Physical Sciences to concentrate small,
lightweight, low power ASW sensing approaches for UAS.
Pacific Fleet change of command set
Stars and Stripes, January 19
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Pacific Fleet commander Adm.
Patrick Walsh – who led the military response to the
March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan – will retire
on Friday after 34 years of service, the Navy has
Walsh will be replaced by Adm. Cecil Haney, former
deputy of the U.S. Strategic Command, during a change of
command ceremony at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, a Navy news
Haney will become the 33rd fleet commander since the
fleet was established in 1941.
At U.S. Strategic Command, Haney, who holds three
Master’s degrees, was responsible for providing
capabilities and options to the president and secretary
of defense in regard to nuclear force operations,
missile defense, cyberspace operations, and efforts to
combat proliferation or use of weapons of mass
destruction, according to the release. He served on the
USS John C. Calhoun and USS Asheville and commanded
Submarine Squadron One and Submarine Group Two.
Walsh served as the 35th Vice Chief of Naval Operations
prior to taking over as Pac Fleet commander, but he got
his start as a pilot, flying with the “Golden Dragons”
of Attack Squadron 192 and later, the Blue Angels. He
commanded Carrier Air Wing 1 aboard USS John F. Kennedy,
Carrier Group 7/USS John C. Stennis Strike Group, as
well as the Combined Maritime Forces conducting
Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He has
also served as a White House fellow.
The Pacific Fleet, which is headquartered in Hawaii, is
responsible for more than half the world’s surface, from
the West Coast of the U.S. to the Indian Ocean, the
release said. Its commander is responsible for
approximately 180 ships, 2,000 aircraft, and 125,000
sailors and Marines, as well as civilian personnel.
The change-of-command ceremony is scheduled for Friday
at Pearl Harbor’s Kilo Pier with the USS Arizona and USS
Missouri memorials as a backdrop.
“TANG” – A Vision for the Future
Commander, Submarine Forces Blog, Jan 17, 2012
This is pretty cool. I was recently briefed on the
results of our first try at a new way for us to
innovate. We held an “event” in San Diego that brought
together 27 of our best and brightest Junior Officers,
Sonarmen and Fire Control Technicians to participate in
what will be the first of many workshops. Submarine
Development Squadron TWELVE (DEVRON 12) allied with
Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Applied Physics
Laboratory and the Submarine Advanced Development Team
at NAVSEA, making this a “first of its kind” for the
Submarine Force and maybe the Navy.
We asked our partners at IDEO to join us. IDEO is a
design firm that specializes in human-centered
innovation and helping organizations in the business,
government, education and social sectors to innovate and
grow. They’ve worked on projects like designing the
first Apple Mouse to designing the portable
defibrillators you can find in many public areas. Most
notably, and applicable to our situation, IDEO has a
process to teach innovation and design using fast
prototyping to achieve terrific results for very low
costs. You see, we have a deep understanding of our
problem, and a lot of ideas, but lacked the discipline
to turn that into something real. IDEO helped us through
We’re calling these workshops the “TANG” series:
“Tactical Advancement for the Next Generation.” Anyone
who knows their submarine history knows this is a deeply
meaningful acronym for us. The USS TANG (SS-306) was a
Balao-class submarine in World War II. In her short
career, with Commander Richard Hetherington O'Kane as
her Commanding Officer, TANG sank 33 ships displacing
116,454 tons. CDR O’Kane received the Medal of Honor for
Our goal at the TANG workshop was to more effectively
leverage the knowledge and enthusiasm of these
Submariners to help us execute a paradigm shift - we
want to quickly and effectively evolve - using what our
force already “knows” as consumers and experts of
smartphones and modern video game consoles like the XBOX
360. Most Sailors entering the Navy can pick up a
smartphone and handle it like an ace. They are familiar
with the icons and display modes of the new apps and
games that deliver a tremendous amount of complexity in
an intuitive interface and system design. We want to
bring that into our combat systems and take advantage of
all the experience and “training” that our Submariners
have when they first arrive.
In short, we want to go from screens that look like
To screens that look more like
The TANG workshop was a big success. The response from
our Sailors was amazing. Once they formed into small
teams and got the picture of what the event was about,
they took over…and the days were full of discovery and
“a-ha” moments. With simple props, the small,
high-performing teams produced BIG ideas - a validation
of the “rapid prototyping” skills inherent in our
Submariners when coached by the pros at IDEO! The team
used cardboard, markers, foam, PVC piping, glue guns,
and yellow stickies to explore different form factors
that might better present the information they were used
to managing. You can see scenes from the conference, and
some of these ideas in this video that highlights the
accomplishments of the first TANG. We knew that given an
opportunity to have their voices heard and to bring
their experience to bear on some focused “how might we?”
type questions, our teams would produce…and they
delivered big time.
Some of the ideas for new sonar and imaging displays
were so good – and achievable – that we’re working to
get these ideas incorporated into the next sonar and
fire control software upgrade, slated for fleet
introduction in 2014. Working prototypes have been built
and are running with at-sea data… only 2 months later!
And this is only a first step. We will continue to
engage with industry “thought leaders” regarding how we
might adapt their capabilities into our mission needs.
Thanks to Josh Smith and the JHU/APL team in organizing
the TANG forum, Pete Scala and PEO IWS5A for supporting
the forum with people and funding, the IDEO team of Dave
Blakely, David Haygood, Peter MacDonald and Dan
Soltzberg, the Submarine Learning Center Detachment in
San Diego and the DEVRON 12 team under the leadership of
Commodore Bill Merz.
I’m proud of the accomplishments of the first TANG
workshop. Well done to the whole team – especially the
Submariners who gave it their best effort and will guide
our way ahead! Keep your eyes open for “TANG 2”… maybe
the next great idea we use will be yours!
FT1 Don Moreno – USS Bremerton
LTJG John Dubiel – USS Bremerton
FT1 Rich Gunter – USS Charlotte
STS2 Charles Augustine – USS City of Corpus Christi
LTJG Jason Frederick – USS City of Corpus Christi
FT3 Jordan Larry – USS City of Corpus Christi
LT Dan Kohnen – USS Columbus
LTJG Dan Justice – USS Florida
FT1 John Keagle – USS Florida
STS1 Randy Kelly – USS Florida
STS2 Don Grubbe – USS Houston
LTJG Stephen Emerson – USS Houston
FT2 Thaddeus Siongco – USS Houston
LT David Camp – USS Key West
FT3 Glen Elam – USS Key West
STS1 Robert Sarvis – USS Key West
LT Tim Manke – USS New Hampshire
STS1 J.P. Whitney – USS Norfolk
FT1 Brent Caraway – USS San Francisco
LT Eric Dridge – USS San Francisco
STS1 Rich Hering – USS San Francisco
STS2 Chris Remiesiewicz – USS Virginia
FT1 Brandolf Schlieper – USS Virginia
LT Arlo Swallow – USS West Virginia
FT1 Ben Lang – USS West Virginia
STS1 Gabe Brazell – USS West Virginia
STS2 Jake Malone – SLC Det. San Diego
The IDEO Coaching Team:
VADM John M. Richardson
Commander, Submarine Force
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