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  Issue/Date 20140414


Monday, April 14, 2014 10:37 AM

Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter

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





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

REMINDER: April General Meeting, Tues, April 15, 1900 at FRA 29 Facility

REMINDER: April General Meeting, Tues, April 15, 1900 at FRA 29 Facility

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Fireworks Sales Manager Requests Watch Bill Sign Ups for Annual Sale

(Posted 4-13-2014)


Fireworks Sales Manager Mike Friend requests volunteers to communicate their choice shifts for late June early July sales.  See Watch Bill here.



South Sound Base Meets In Lacy

(posted on 4-13-2014)


South Sound Base met in Lacy this past Saturday, April 12, 2014...Details to follow.



Canadian Submarine Centenary and commemorate the 1914 commissioning of HMC Submarines CC1 & CC2.

(Updated 4-13-2014)

Ahoy Friends & Shipmates ...

We are pleased to announce two preferred hotels for our West Coast Submarine Week ~ August 5 thru 8th, 2014 ~ both hotels are located within one block of Victoria's inner-harbour & Coho Ferry - as per attached map < accomm > ...
August is high season & traditionally a busy time in Victoria and both hotels are doing their best with offering favourable rates for our Submarine Week attendees & guests.
For hotel & room details, and our special rate with booking code, please refer to the attached .pdf documents - it is recommended you book early to ensure availability.
Our Submarine Week program is being finalized in conjunction with the Navy & Registration Form will be published shortly.
For those who have expressed interest in potential accommodation @ CFB Esquimalt we will be following up by separate cover.
Yours Aye & Cheers,
Bob Emery
Centenary Chair SAOC West
Bob or 250-727-0927



Hotel deals are being negotiated now.  "Will be posting a package prior to mid-April"/Bob Emery.

Tuesday August 5th ~ Friday August 8th, 2014

 in Greater Victoria, British Columbia


During 2014 all Submariners are invited to join the Submarine Association of Canada (West) for the Canadian Submarine Centenary and
commemorate the 1914 commissioning
of HMC Submarines CC1 & CC2.

All details are not complete,  however the agenda is, and it and some details may be viewed on SAOC(West) Website, specifically on Centenary Page. 

From personal experience, I can attest to the  fantastic hospitality  SAOC(W) hosts provide.  Updates later. /ed




Message From the Commander

(Posted 4-10-2014)


On Saturday, April 5, the monthly meeting of Bremerton Base E-Board was held. After discussing the possibilities and reviewing all inputs from Base members, a vote was held to decide the time and day of the monthly membership meeting. By a 4-1 vote, the E-Board voted to shift the monthly meeting back to the third Tuesday evening of the month at 1900, for a six month period. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 1900.

We realize that unfortunately this may not work with everybody’s schedule. Hopefully, you will still try to participate when you and if you can in our monthly meetings. If there are any transportation problems, please let me know, so that maybe we can find a solution. I look forward to seeing as many of you that can make it.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

Jim DeMott
Base Commander
USSVI Bremerton Base


Charter Member's Active Supporting Wife

(Posted 4-5-2014)


Beverly Rogers, Dene's wife, was a very active supporter of the base, especially the Scholarship Program in the 80s, & 90s.  She passed away in hospice care near her son's home in Florida on March 15, 2014.


Bev's obit from the Kitsap Sun:

Beverly Ann Scully Rogers entered into Life May 23, 1937 in New London, Connecticut. After a long and courageous bout with Parkinson's disease, entered into Rest on March 15, 2014.


She is survived by her husband Dene and three children, Teri Ann and husband Mark Bailey, Christine Marie Dotson and Thomas Eudene and Trina Rogers; by her sisters, Sheila Parks and Mary and Frank Driscoll of New London, Connecticut, and her brother Robert and his wife Sandy Scully of Coventry, Rhode Island. She has nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


She was a strong and principled woman with a great sense of humor. She was a devoted Navy wife, a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a true friend to many people and she will forever live in our hearts.

Burial will be at Tahoma National cemetery and a remembrance will be at a future time. Contact the family directly for details.


Scholarship Applications Due in by Monday, May 5th.

(Posted 4-5-2014)


The completed Lt. William “Willie” Spoon Memorial Scholarship applications are due in house by Monday, May 5th, 2014.


Also, if you have inclinations of serving on the scholarship selection committee, please contact John Gardner at 360-692-8994



Base E-Board Votes to Have Split General Meetings Schedule

(Posted 4-5-2014)


Today, Saturday, April 5, the Bremerton Base E-board voted 4-1 in favor of a split General Meetings Schedule.  That means that April through September meetings will commence on the third Tuesday evening of the month at 1900 (7PM).  The October through March meetings will commence on the third Saturday morning of the month at 1000 (10AM). Exceptions to this will be no meeting will occur in December (Christmas Party  to suffice) or in the summer month when the annual picnic occurs.


E-board meetings will remain on the first Saturday on the month at 0900 (9AM).


All events are kept up to date on base calendar in the left column on this page. Click on date with color and it will pull up large calendar showing details.



And Then Came Atomic Submarines!

(Posted 4-5-2014)


Bremerton Base Life Member Bruce Pierson featured in Northwest Navy Life.


Bruce Pierson began volunteering at the age of 18 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He continued volunteering for nearly 24 years, which ultimately shaped into a rather unique naval career.

Born in 1928 in La Grande, Ore. the 86-year old is the oldest of six children, five brothers and a sister. His father, a mechanic and truck driver in the logging and road construction business, routinely relocated his family to small towns in the northwest, mostly in Oregon, as he followed the work.........


After Cusk, Bruce, once again volunteering, joined a team of what was to become the Navy’s first atomic submariners. The 28 enlisted and two officers in the group attended school in an old farm house near Pittsburgh, Penn. It was an extension of a nuclear design and manufacturing facility, a conversion led by the Westinghouse company back in the city.

The group would become the original plank owners of USS Nautilus (SSN 571), which would become the Navy’s first nuclear submarine.

“Five Nautilus plank owners actually came from USS Cusk,” said Bruce. “It was a lot of studying. We started studying on Nautilus in June of 1952 and didn’t go to sea until January of 1955.”  Read all!



Base Members Make Monthly Showing At Trident Training Facility (TTF)

(Posted 4-4-2014)



As shown here on Wed, April 2, 2014, Bremerton Base members made their monthly visit to the lobby of the Trident Training Facility, NBK, Bangor during lunch hour to meet staff and students, exchange tales of their silent service and show them some submarine paraphernalia the base has to offer.


Base members also informed the staff

and students of USSVI national and Bremerton  Base events and programs available to the membership and encourage them to join, as active duty submarine personnel are submarine veterans.







(L-R) Scholarship Chair, John Gardner, Storekeeper Ralph Harris and USSVI Western Region Director and Bremerton Base Member John Mansfield.







Become Part of U.S. Submarine History!

(Posted 3-3-2014)


Deterrent Park's 14th anniversary is this year.  We will be making our semi annual engraved brick installation on the missile deck of the USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) full size mockup, hopefully before Memorial Day Observance, May 26th.


Your 4.5 x 9", "submarine black", brick with engraved message can be installed in the submarine's missile deck.

Typical messages can be name, rate/rank, dates served, date qualified, or boats served on, in memory (Deceased Shipmates), or any other message that meets the decorum of the site. You will receive a certificate verifying the message to be engraved and a chart showing approximate location of your brick.

A donation for each brick is $40.00, which includes all engraving, administration, and installation costs. You may donate as many bricks as you wish.


Please consider making  a brick donation for yourself or honoring family members or others that you have respect for. Click for Application Form





Summer Hours

Starting in April
3rd Tues , 1900 (
 at FRA 29

521 National Ave,

Bremerton, WA


2014 Calendar below, Email  Red to change
 Click Date to Show Events

Applebees, Silverdale

Photo provieded by Dennis Nardone

Mar 7, 2014




May 2014

Deterrent Park Brick Install







Submarine Videos


Admiral Rickover

Navy Submarine Force - Silent Service

Sea Spies


Submarines of World War 1

How a World War II Submarine Works



The Silent Service (in color) - U.S. Navy WWII

U Boat War : Documentary on the Submarine

Battle of World War 2

The Largest Submarine in The U.S. Navy

Ohio Class Submarine | Combat Countdown

Trident Missile Launch From a  Submarine

Submarine Service In The 1970s

The Cold War- Submarines: In Enemy Depths

Cold War Spy Secrets Under the Sea

Watch out from below

Fast Attack

Submarines - Sharks of Steel Episode 1 - Submariners

Submarine USS Virginia Documentary

NEW SUBMARINE! U.S. Navy Takes Delivery

of PCU Minnesota

Megastructures - Super Submarines

Submarine nucleare (DOCUMENTAR)

Russian submarine History

Secret Russian Sub - Mission Invisible

Megastructures - Soviet Doomsday Submarine

Seconds From Disaster - S03E03 - Sinking Of Kursk

Raising the Kursk Part 1

Raising the Kursk Part 2

The Kursk Cover Up - Russia


Secret Submarine Rendezvous : Documentary on the

World War 2 Secret African Mission

HMS Victorious Trident Class Nuclear Submarine

How to build a Nuclear Submarine (2010)

Submarine Patrol 3/3 - Chasing the Enemy

Oberon Arrival in Halifax

RCN Submarines HD




Communications Supporters

Use or lose



Silent Service

Food to Dive for

(produced by USSVI Farragut Base)


Great 9"x7.5" Hard Covered 3 Ring Binder with over 300 pages of recipes and other good stuff about Submarine Service crusine.  Check SK Ralph for this $20 bargain.






Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong!

U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)

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Member Recruiting Issue

Washington DC Memorial Day Parade Information

50th Anniversary of USSVI Plaque Dedication

Navy Has Finalized Specifications for New Ohio-Replacement Boomer

114th Anniversary of the founding of the US Submarine Force.



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

Nebraska Receives Omaha Trophy

Virginia Payload Module Could Run Up Nearly 20 Percent Cost Growth Before Hitting Cap

Volunteerism leads to unique naval career

Plaque At National Cemetery to Salute Submariners

Admiral Warns that Risk of Nuclear Conflict Is Growing

Sailors' Opinions Sought In Sub Survey

Former Navy Workers Sentenced in Fraud Scheme

Report: 'Feces march' on destroyer crossed line

NAVSEA Employees Recognized by Department of the Navy

USS Tucson Participates in Japanese Submarine Competition

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