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P O. Box 465, Silverdale, WA 98383-0465



Sunday, 12 May 2013 11:38:00 AM


Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, a  universal navy term for requesting an underwater telephone check with another boat or skimmer

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Naval Undersea Museum's Annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony

(Posted 5-10-2013


The Naval Undersea Museum's annual Tolling the Boats ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00am. This ceremony is held every yearto honor the submarines and crews lost during World War II. The principal speaker for the event will be CDR Jeffrey S. Smith, Commanding Officer, USS Kentucky (SSBN 737).


The Navy Band Northwest will also perform. The ceremony will take place outside the museum in front of the USS Sturgeon sail. In case of foul weather, the ceremony will be held in
the museum's auditorium.

Armed Forces Day Parade Details (John G sends)

(Posted 5-10-2013)


We are assigned Section C8. They request that we arrive by 0830. We will line up on 11th between Pacific and Park Ave facing west. We will also have some members of SSMC going with us.


Please note: The parade route is different this year due to street work done in Bremerton.

See Map

2013 Fireworks Sale Watch Bill Online

(Posted 5-5-2013)

Please review 2013 Watch Bill.  Make your choice's.  Call or E-mail Sam (360-275-3638) with them.

(Posted 5-5-2013)

Base SK Ralph Harris will order challenge coins soon. He wants to know if any one would like to order one made of silver for $75. Call Ralph: Phone: 360-876-0830. Email >

(Posted 5-1-2013)

The annual midterm meeting of the executive board was held on March 11 & 12, in Dallas, TX

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Subvets to hold memorial service to commemorate 49th anniversary
New London Day, 29 Apr 13
Groton — The U.S. Submarine Veterans Groton Base has planned several upcoming events.

Subvets will hold a memorial service to commemorate the 49th anniversary of the organization at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the World War II National Submarine Memorial East. Retired Vice Adm. Al Konetzni is the guest speaker. The public is invited to attend. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the Groton Municipal Building. The monthly Steak N' Eggs Brunch will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 5. Regular brunches are served on the remaining Sundays of the month.

The monthly membership meeting for all members and anyone interested in joining will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 6, at the clubhouse, 40 School St.

Subvets WWII will meet for its monthly social and lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at the clubhouse and the Holland Club will meet for its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 21, at the clubhouse. The guest for the Holland Club luncheon will be Rear Adm. Kenneth M. Perry, commander of Submarine Group Two.

On Memorial Day, at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, the base will conduct a memorial service and USS Scorpion remembrance ceremony at the National Submarine Memorial East.

The Summer Steak Dinner will be on Friday, May 31. The menu includes salad, a 12 oz steak, vegetable and baked potato for $15 each. There will be sittings at 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. The chief petty officers from the USS Toledo are preparing dinner. Advanced paid reservations are required by Wednesday, May 29.

Events, unless otherwise noted, are only open to members of U.S. Subvets and their guests. For more information, contact Groton Base Commander John Carcioppolo at (860) 514-7064 or e-mail

Bremerton Base Prepares for Memorial Day at Ivy Green
Submitted by VC Corcoran and Dutch Kaiser

VC Steve Corcoran has taken the lead on the base's participation on this Memorial Day Ceremony at Ivy Green Cemetery on Monday, May 27th. He has ordered the wreath shown in these pictures.

He urges all members to attend.

FYI: Bremerton Subvets have an area reserved for we Subvets to be interned. Details may be found here. Ivy Green is at the corner of Naval Ave. and 13th street in Bremerton. Some of our members may not be familiar with Ivy Green if they don't live in Bremerton. The memorial has started at 1300 for all the memorials I have attended. It is usually attended by many veterans organizations including Canadians.


Monthly Meetings
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 at FRA 29
521 National Ave, Bremerton, WA

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                  Binnacle List

(Updated 5-5-2013)

I have not kept a binnacle list on GC. I will if you inform me when a member is sick and when he/she is well.

Al Sanders Knee Repl Recovery,Northridge, Silverdale

Johnny Dilg Serious Heart Op,
UWMEDCTR. Johnny has been at UW for almost 2 months. They were getting him healthy enough to install Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). He is under several types of physical therapy at the U and will be there a few more weeks He able to walk a little bit with help but has a long recovery ahead. Its a life saver. Lots of info on the net.

Base Preps for Annual Fireworks Sale

(27 - Jun -4 Jul)

Fireworks Manager, Mike Sullivan, passes this preliminary info along to those of you wish to learn about this year's Sale. More to follow. Call Mike at 360-377-9243 to coordinate.

7pm (Doors will open at 6:30pm)

Nominations for Bremerton Base
                  Elected Officers Are Open
Submitted by Nominations Committee Chairman Dutch Kaiser
(Posted 4-17-2013)

Members in good standing and state that they are willing to serve if elected can be nominated. See Bylaws

The election will be held at the November business meeting .

(Posted 4-27-2013)

Date: Friday, 23 August through 25 August 2013

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Contact: W.T. "Doc: McCance (Bremerton Base Life Member)

Respectfully submitted:
Doc McCance

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Associate members process reminder

U.S.S. Minnesota SSN-783 Commissioning Reminder


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5 more patrol ships heading to the gulf

Navy: Ill. Hazing involved embarrassing exercise

These are the latest sea trials of the F-35B on the USS Wasp

Hagel: Troops' workplaces will be checked for 'degrading' images of women

Pentagon Plans To Cut Civilian Workforce

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