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Updated 2-18-2012 MARDI GRAS NITE:
February meeting will celebrate Fat Tuesday with a
New Orleans style feed. The Eboard and friends
will provide pots of Cajun delicacies. Come early
and bring your cast iron stomachs, parade beads and
hurricane glasses. Slow cooker starts at 1815,
Tues, 21 Feb followed by monthly meeting with
speaker, our treasurer, Dennis Nardone,
former Master Chief Photographer, qualified in
submarines, and retired CWO4.
New Gertrude Check Web
Its about time! Way last year I queried a few of my
shipmates about changing the format/design of the
site. After showing them an incomplete sample
I got pros & cons which were about evenly divided.
Not really much response so I put it on hold until
early this year, and decided to go ahead with a
design for a "new" format following the lead of on-line
newspapers, which are updated when new or updated
"tales" are reported. So I give all a
chance to offer "constructive" criticism which I
love. Corrections to my errors/mistakes do not
offend me for I do not have a proof reader, except
for a couple guys that do when reading it, which I
It is hard to make a website
that works with all computer screen pixel formats,
browsers etc. So I try to shoot for the
middle. As the world of the internet changes, and
the computers seem to be settling out to notebook
size (ultra thin) for everyday use with no installed disk drive
and smaller hard drives, so do the website designers
to compensate for those changes. So onward and
upward, I hope.
I have created
a new format for the "Home"
Please feel free to comment./
Red at email@example.com
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NEWS-01: USS BATFISH (SSN 681) TO BE INDUCTED
INTO THE SUBMARINE HALL OF FAME
Submitted by: James A Fox on 2/9/2012
USS BATFISH (SSN 681) TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE
SUBMARINE HALL OF FAME
For the past ten years a post-cold war submarine has
been selected for induction into the Submarine ‘Hall
of Fame’ at the Submarine Learning Facility on Naval
Station Norfolk. Previously recognized submarines
include USS NAUTILUS (SSN 571), USS ALBACORE (SS
569), USS GROWLER (SS 577) and USS TRITON (SSGN
This year USS BATFISH (SSN 681) will be recognized
for her contribution to the end of the cold war. In
1978 BATFISH trailed a Soviet ballistic missile
submarine for 50 days, undetected. This top secret
mission, code named Operation Evening Star, was
declassified for the submarine centennial in 2000
and was the subject of a Smithsonian magazine
article and included in the exhibit at the
Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.
Former BATFISH crewmembers – from this mission as
well as prior and later – are invited to attend the
SubVets memorial on 24 May at the Submarine Learning
Center during which BATFISH will be recognized and
inducted into the Submarine ‘Hall of Fame.’
Contact STSCS(SS) Robert Blythe at (757) 445-7894 or
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional
details and base access.
NEWS-02: Your 2012 Meritorious Award Nominations
Submitted by: Office on 2/13/2012
This Award is presented to the Member or Base that
most exemplifies the Motto, "Pride Runs Deep," who,
by the efforts and involvement of a Member or Base,
participates in local veterans affairs, parades,
school activities, and presentations to Civic,
legislative, Veterans, patriotic and other
organizations, which promote the concept of Honor,
Duty, Pride, and shows the history and lore of the
US Navy Submarine Force to the general public and
community at large.
Some examples may be Library displays, Community
Bulletin Boards, Schools, and items that appear in
print and/or electronic media, Press Releases,
Public/Community Service Announcements, etc,
This Award may be presented to a Base, Group, or an
individual member of USSVI.
A Nomination may be made by any Member and submitted
to the Awards Chairman John Stanford at Jstan131@comcast.net
NEWS-03: Your 2012 Joe Negri Shipmate of the Year
Submitted by: Office on 2/13/2012
The "Joe Negri" Award is awarded to a individual
Member who, by his personal individual efforts and
participation during the preceding years contributed
the most to the advancement and embodiment of the
USSVI Creed and Agenda, and by his dedicated service
and support to our USSVI organization and his fellow
Submarine Veteran Brothers exemplifies the meaning
and spirit of the word, "Shipmate.”
Any member may submit a nomination for this award.
Your nomination and justification should be sent to
John Stanford at email@example.com
NEWS-04: Your Nomination for the 2012 Silver
Anchor Award is requested
Submitted by: office on 2/13/2012
The Silver Anchor Award is presented to a USSVI
Member in recognition of efforts to support one of
the primary objectives of our Creed… to provide a
way for all submariners to gather for their mutual
benefit and enjoyment.
This Award recognizes the member’s volunteer support
for meetings, projects and events, including work to
recruit new Members and to retain the current
membership of the base.
This Award will be presented to individual USSVI
All Members may submit nominations, which should be
sent to John Stanford, National Awards Chairman at
CHARITABLE-01: Announcing the Theodore "Ted" Taylor
Memorial Scholarship Fund
Submitted by: Pat Householder on 2/14/2012
Long time USSVI member Theodore Charles “Ted” Taylor
departed this life on Eternal Patrol, September 4,
2011 at home in Renton, WA, with no regrets or
Ted joined the Navy in 1946 and became qualified in
submarines aboard the USS Carbonero in 1948. He also
served aboard USS Cusk (1947), USS Tiru
(1948-49),USS Cabezon (1950), USS Entemedor
(1950-51), USS Flying Fish (1952-53), USS Sarda
(1953-56), USS Amberjack (1956), USS Jack (1957-58),
USS Compass Island (1958), USS Observation Island
(1958) and USS Abraham Lincoln (1960-63).
Ted was a Electronics Technician Senior Chief (SS)
when he left the Navy in 1966.
Always ready to help others, Ted spent countless
volunteer hours at the Seattle Veterans
Administration hospital offering comfort and cheer
to the hospitalized veterans there.
Following Ted’s passing in 2011, because of his
lifelong commitment to helping others, his wife Loma
determined to honor his memory by setting up this
memorial scholarship to be given in his name, and a
$5,000.00 gift was made on behalf of Eleanor Van
Slyke in appreciation for all the help Ted and Loma
provided in helping to manage her affairs for almost
Ted was well known and loved throughout USSVI and
SVWWII, and his friends and shipmates are invited to
contribute to this scholarship to be awarded in the
name of "Taylor the Sailor" (as Ted referred to
himself) so that his name is not forgotten and good
works in his name are continued on.
If you can, please send your gift to USSVCF and mark
your contribution for the
Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO Box 3870, Silverdale
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
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)
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
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 24, 1130
5060 State Highway 303 NE, Bremerton
Fun, click for Images
* Ltr of 2011
appreciation/request for 2012 gift certificate
Founder & Editor
Other News of Interest to Submariners
South Korea, US to stage anti-sub
drill in Yellow Sea
Channelnewsasia.com, February 16
SEOUL: The US and South Korean navies will stage a joint
anti-submarine drill in the Yellow Sea next week to
guard against potential attacks by North Korea, Seoul's
defence ministry said Thursday.
The drill from February 20-24 will involve a number of
submarines and warships from both countries, a ministry
spokesman told AFP without elaborating.
JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said the drill would involve
some 20 craft including two Aegis ships from the US and
one from South Korea, as well as Lynx helicopters and
P3-C anti-submarine surveillance aircraft.
Citing an unidentified Seoul military official, it said
the exercise would be the largest anti-submarine joint
drill carried out by the allies.
The two countries staged a joint anti-submarine drill in
September 2010, months after Seoul accused Pyongyang of
torpedoing a warship with the loss of 46 lives in the
Yellow Sea in March 2010.
The North denied it sank the ship. But in November that
year it shelled a border island, killing four South
The upcoming drill, to precede two other major joint
exercises, comes at a sensitive time in the North which
is undergoing a power transition.
Pyongyang has taken a hostile tone towards Seoul since
Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of the late leader Kim
Jong-Il, took over following the death of his father
The Key Resolve drill between the South and the US will
start on February 27 and continue until March 9.
Separately, a joint air, ground and naval field training
exercise known as Foal Eagle will be held from March 1
to April 30.
North Korea has denounced the exercises as warmongering.
Last Gasp of USS Trout SS 566
To those who have served on a Navy Ship, the
ship takes on a life of her own. She has a personality
which, while it is unique to each crew member, makes her
as much a real person as most of the shipmates who
served with her. To see a noble lady reduced to all the
dignity of a gutted catfish is almost more than a sailor
can bear. I cannot say more.
Former Crew Member Sends
"I saw the picture of her
"...last gasp..." in the
GERTRUDE CHECK and was --- once
again --- heartsick that a boat
that was in such beautiful shape
was reduced to scrap! San Diego
Maritime Museum passed up a
chance to get her --- instead
they opted for that damned
Russian Foxtrot that's sitting
down there and for the USS
DOLPHIN which is no more a
representative of the Fast
Attack Class (or any class for
that matter) than the Foxtrot
We were trying to get something
together up here in Tri-Cities
to get her --- even had a tug
and tow arranged who would bring
her up the Columbia for the cost
of the fuel, etc., etc., etc.
Our application had just been
sent off when the Navy -
suddenly and, for no known good
reason, pulled her off the
memorial list and sold her for
I've got pictures of her (85 in
all) from Captain Jay Crumbie,
who went aboard her in Key West
in 2005 and, I wish to state
unequivocally here that that
boat was in pristine shape
except for "scabbing" topside on
the metal deck and some work
needed on her topside. I'll send
that to you if you wish. She was
a great boat. I served aboard
her from 1971 to 1976 - made two
WestPacs on her. She was a hot
runner and loved by the crews
who manned her.
I am nominally
in charge of the USS TROUT
(SS566/202) ASSOCIATION as well
as organizing the biennial
reunions. We have one coming up
in Charleston in May of 2013.
I'm trying real hard to get
everyone associated with TROUT
to get to this Reunion because
it may well be the last hurrah
for the old girl and her crews.
Most of the guys who served in
her are in their late 60's -
70's and, 80's. You know how
Steve "Willie" Wilson
scrapping has done took place.
It was at
ESCO Marine in Brownsville,
That particular picture was
taken in - I believe - Feb. or
Mar. of '10 but, I'm not for
sure. All I know is that one
damned good boat is gone. All
that's left are the USS
TANG(SS-563) and the USS
GUDGEON(SS-567) and they're in
Turkey. The GUDGEON is their
museum boat. If they ever decide
to get rid of them, I'm hoping
we'll hear in time to try and
get them "back home".
Steve "Willie" Wilson
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Report: Russian Sub Had Nukes During
AP, February 13
MOSCOW — A fire at a drydocked Russian nuclear submarine
in December could have sparked a radiation disaster
because it was carrying nuclear-tipped ballistic
missiles and other weapons, despite official statements
to the contrary, a Russian news magazine reported
The respected Kommersant Vlast said the fire aboard the
Yekaterinburg could have triggered powerful explosions
that would have destroyed the submarine and scattered
radioactive material around a large area.
When the fire erupted on Dec. 29, Russia's Defense
Ministry said all weapons had been unloaded before the
submarine was moved to a drydock for repairs at the
Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region.
The ministry declined immediate comment on the
It took hundreds of emergency workers more than 20 hours
to extinguish the massive blaze that shot orange flames
up to 66 feet (20 meters) into the air. The Defense
Ministry said an unspecified number of crew members
remained inside the sub during the fire and that seven
crewmen were hospitalized after inhaling carbon monoxide
fumes from the blaze.
The fire, which authorities later blamed on a breach in
safety regulations, erupted at wooden scaffolding around
the sub and quickly engulfed the vessel's rubber-coated
With the sub's hydraulic systems incapacitated, the crew
had to manually remove heavy torpedoes from tubes in the
bow to prevent them from exploding as temperatures were
The magazine said that an explosion of torpedoes, each
carrying 660 pounds (300 kilograms) of TNT would likely
have destroyed the bow and could have triggered a blast
of nuclear-tipped missiles in the midsection and the
vessel's two nuclear reactors.
"Russia was a step away from the largest catastrophe
since Chernobyl," Komersant Vlast said, referring to the
1986 explosion at a nuclear power plant in then-Soviet
The magazine said that weapons are normally removed from
submarines before repairs, but the navy wanted to save
time on a lengthy procedure to unload the missiles and
torpedoes. It said the repairs were supposed to be
relatively minor and the Northern Fleet wanted the
Yekaterinburg to be quickly back to service.
Damage to submarine has senator
"worried" about naval defence
The Vancover Sun, February 13
OTTAWA — Liberal Senator Colin Kenny said Monday he is
"worried" about Canada's naval defence as he pondered
new photos uncovered by CBC that show extensive damage
to the submarine HMCS Corner Brook which hit bottom last
"Having the capacity to protect Canada underwater with
submarines is fundamental to our defence. It's an
absolute necessity," he said. "I'm worried right now.
None of the boats we have are capable of doing the job."
According to Kenny, several photos of the HMCS Corner
Brook show "a very significant inverted triangular hole
in the bow of the boat" about 10 metres high and eight
It appears that the submarine struck a rock when it hit
the ocean floor off Vancouver Island, he said, but noted
it was difficult to tell the "substance of the
"It's very very unusual for a submarine to hit bottom of
ocean and to damage itself," Kenny said. "I'm concerned
that the credibility of the Royal Canadian Navy's
submarine program is being put in jeopardy."
After a Dec. 2011 investigation, the Royal Canadian
Navy's Board of Inquiry cited "human error" that caused
the submarine to strike the southeastern wall of British
Columbia's Zuciarte Channel.
After the inquiry, the ship's commanding officer was
removed from command and reassigned to a position
ashore. The investigation also said inadequate training
and inexperience contributed to the incident.
The navy has pledged to amend its submarine training
manuals, training and navigation practices.
Kenny said the "shortage of people who can operate the
boats" is worrisome, adding that none of Canada's four
submarines are certified and weaponized this year.
Meanwhile, the Department of National Defence said
Canada's submarine fleet "will achieve full operational
capability in 2013; at which point Canada will have
three of four submarines continuously available for
"A high readiness submarine will be available in both
the Atlantic and Pacific oceans," said Lt. Mark Fifield
in an email.
"The watertight integrity of the submarine remained
intact and at no time were the crew in danger after the
grounding incident," he said of HMCS Corner Brook.
A determination of the full extent of the damage and
related repairs will be made during the ship's
maintenance period, beginning in 2013.
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