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Saturday, December 28, 2013 08:17


Gertrude Check: Before political correctness, 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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Base Presents Gifts to  Veterans at Retsil

(Posted 12-19-2013)


Base members (shown here) led by Chaplain Fred Borgmann presented $1200 worth of gifts to veterans at the Washington Veterans Home at Retsil, Port Orchard on Wednesday, December 18th.  Gifts were accepted by Administrative Assistant, Subvet Willie Slusarski. Gifts were phone cards, toiletries, etc.  Retsil serves about 225 vets.


Dennis Nardone and Wayne's friend, Joyia, took pictures.


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Christmas Party Great Success

(Posted 12-15-2013)


About 60+ Subvets and guests attended the annual Bremerton Base Christmas party at the Bremerton Elks club on Saturday, Dec 14th. Hank Hollis, party organizer and his wife, Kay, earned a well done for the their years of service to Bremerton Base.


Commander Jim DeMott did an excellent job MC - ing the event.


Chaplain Fred Borgmann gave the invocation.


After introductions, Holland Chairman Dick Litscher presented John Norris (right) and Lee Romero Holland Club awards acknowledging  50+ years of qualification in the submarine service. John qualified in Sterlet in 1958; Lee qualified in Remora in 1963.  Each gave an overview of their life careers and credit to others along the way.


Longevity Recognition. All all but one (Tommy Robinson) were not present, but were recognized for 10 and 20 year longevity with the Bremerton Base.


COB Hank Hollis was presented a meritorious award for his 12 years of service as COB and other voluntary tasks he assumed above what was outlined in the bylaws.


The hat was passed for donation to our annual gift to charity.  Six hundred dollars was collected and that was matched by the base general fund for a total of $1200.


Chaplain Fred Borgmann will lead all who want to attend a turn over of all the gifts he has gone out and purchased with the $1200 for the veterans at the Veterans Home residents at Retsil on Wednesday, Dec 18th at 11 AM.


Before the party closure it was announced that author Tommy Robinson  had twenty some copies of his new book, Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep for sale.  They were sold in a very few minutes. (A quick review tells me it will be exciting, humorous, enjoyable and  entertaining reading  for all submarine sailors and others too!/ed)


At left is Tommy Robinson signing his new book for Gary Clinefelter


Below, Lee Romero, Red Denson & Red Bassler














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Steely Eyed Killers of the Deep (Click)

by Tommy Robinson

(Posted 12-5-2013)


The sea stories of over 45 submariners who served in USS Nautilus (SSN-571) between 1954 and 1980. What one submarine sailor can imagine and tell in great detail, another submarine sailor can corroborate, expand and improve on, in much greater detail. These are their stories.



Tommy Robinson

Tommy Robinson enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1958 and served as a Radioman. He “qualified in submarines” on USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the worlds first nuclear powered submarine. In 1988, Chief Warrant Officer Robinson retired from the Navy after 30 years of service.





(Posted 8-16-2013)

So you want to be a Snow Bird and enjoy a beautiful winter in Yuma, AZ. Rent this neat park model home, completely furnished for $750/month. There is a three month minimum. Bring your soul mate, your clothes, car, or fly into Yuma Airport. You could rent a car or buy one.


Call SubVet Ervin Schmidt at 425-316-8922 or write to Katie Purdue. 15611 22nd Ct. SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012


If you are down in Yuma, AZ and would like to view our park model, call Shipmate Al Durkee at 360 908 3050.













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In World War Two the scientist became more important to the outcome of the war than ever before. This was of course so on the German side, the Enigma cipher system, the Walter propulsion system and of course the German jets, rockets and missiles are just few of the items they came up with. In these pages we'll attempt to explain most technologies relevant to the U-boat war. We'll eventually also cover the allied technologies that eventually doomed the conventional U-boat in 1943-1945. Read all


 Acoustic Intelligence

In the Acoustics Intelligence Laboratory at the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), STSCM(SS) Tim Hella and a small cadre of colleagues are charting the elusive sound prints of the still-mysterious ocean frontier.

From their work has come an ever-expanding body of knowledge from which new naval tactics and technologies are derived.

The information developed by these specialists enables sonar technicians in the fleet to sort through tens of thousands of possible contacts and identify friend from foe.

“ACINT (acoustics intelligence) is as much an art as a science,” says STSCM(SS) Gerald A. Behnken, ONI Acoustic Intelligence Specialist.

Since the ACINT Specialist Program was born out of Cold War necessity in 1962, only a few individuals have been selected to carry out the critical mission. Currently there are just 49 qualified specialists, 39 submariners and 10 surface warriors. All are volunteers, and each brings years of sonar experience to the job. Virtually all of them joined acoustics intelligence as an E-6 or above. Their most common shared characteristic however, is their desire to excel.

“This is such a competitive bunch of guys. We all try to outdo one another,” Behnken says. Hella amplifies. “Imagine getting every ‘Type-A’ person you ever knew into one small room.”

Typically, qualifying to become an ACINT specialist takes 16 to 18 months. Candidates are handpicked from the most capable submarine and surface Sonar Technicians in the fleet. The intensive training is not a formal school, but a selective, self-paced course of study coupled with formal qualification checkouts, on-the-job training, briefings, practical examinations, and time at sea under the supervision of a qualified ACINT specialist.
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