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USS Washington Commissioning Invitation Information for NSL PACNW Chapter and WA SUBVETs

(Posted June 25, 2016)


USSVI Bremerton Base Life Member Bob Aronson sends:




Hello Everyone,


I’m pleased to announce that all NSL members and SUBVETs are invited to the USS Washington (SSN 787) Commissioning ceremony!  The commissioning will be held in Norfolk, VA on Saturday, January 7, 2017.  In tried and true Navy fashion, we are building the invitation list now.  This is a multi-step process.  We collect names and addresses now and turn them into the Navy.  They will mail you an invitation.  You will RSVP.  They will send you tickets. You bring them to the ceremony and social events surrounding the ceremony.   Other people attending will be Federal, State, and Navy dignitaries, Donors, Commissioning Committee members, members of organizations like ours, crew families of course, and the general public.


If you’re interested in going at all, or would just like to get an invitation, please fill our your info in the attached MS Excel spreadsheet and return it to me by July 25th.  If you’re on a mac, like me, you can send it to me in Numbers.  There are three sample entries to help you figure out where to put your name, etc.  I will compile the list and turn it in.  


As you all know, submarine schedules can change.  There is always a risk that the date could slip.  I recommend getting on the invitation list if you think you’d like to go, but not to make reservations yet.  There will be more details later on where to stay, where the events will be, etc.  


I hope that you’ll consider coming to the commissioning of Washington State’s namesake!  For more information about the ship and to make a donation (strong hint) see




Bob Aronson

CAPT, USN (Ret.)

President, Pacific Northwest Chapter

Naval Submarine League

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(Posted June 22, 2016)


Welcome Aboard Fred Green: (James Madison, Grenadier, Phoenix, Daniel Webster, Georgia)

June Monthly Meeting Summary - Scholarship Awards

(Posted June 22, 2016)

Base Commander Steve Corcoran opened the meeting with traditional opening ceremony. He recognized  scholarship recipients and their parents. He recognized WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson, who gave a rousing tale of his recent experiences which were very entertaining.  He also informed all that he was much more proud of his WWII submarine service, than 19 years in the Army that followed.

Steve then called Scholarship Chairman John Gardner up to make the $1000 awards to those that were present: They were Zoe Wiltz, Jennifer Gray, Rebecca Gray and Lillian SchmidtJustine Morris' Mom, Dedra, accepted her award and read a note from Justine. David Degnan and Ryan Lynch will be sent their awards.

Left:  Base Commander Steve Corcoran & Right; Scholarship Chairman John Gardner make 2016 Awards. Recipients of $1000 awards are: Top left, Zoe Wiltz; Top right, Jennifer Gray; Middle left,  Lillian Kaiser Schmidt; Middle right, Rebecca Gray; Bottom, Justine Morris's Mom, Dedra and Grandmoher, Connie Fessler stand in to accept award for Justine. Recipients David Degnan & Ryan Lynch were unable to attend. (Photos by Dennis Nardone)

USSVI Bremerton Base 2016 Scholarship Awardees

David Degnan is sponsored by his grandfather James Kendall. He is attending George Fox University and is studying Biology and Biological Research.
Jennifer Gray is sponsored by her grandfathers Myron Gray and Robert Boyce. She is attending Seattle Pacific University majoring in Music Technology.
Rebecca Gray is sponsored by her grandfathers Myron Gray and Robert Boyce. She is attending the University of Kansas majoring in Vocal Performance.
Ryan Lynch is sponsored by his grandfather John Lynch. He will be attending Belmont University majoring in Musical Theater.
Justine Morris is sponsored by her grandfather Gregory Fessler. She is attending New York University majoring in Journalism.
Lillian Kaiser Schmidt is sponsored by her grandfather Gary Kaiser. She is attending Western Washington University majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience.
Zoe Wiltz is sponsored by her father Steven Wiltz. She is attending Grand Canyon University majoring in English for Secondary Education.

Steve and others made announcements of upcoming events and we adjourned to a spread of refreshments provided by the base.

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Retired Captain Claude M. Pearson Obit

HC Base Member John Mansfield Sends

(Updated  June22, 2016)


CLAUDE PEARSON ObituaryHC Base Members, Norm Carkeek and I, attended funeral services for retired Captain Claude M. Pearson. He was in the navy and reserves for 30 years. Made 10 war patrols on USS Pogy (SS266), including entering the Tokyo Harbor through minefields. He was a Tacoma attorney and one of the leading partners in Davies-Pearson Law Firm. Family, friends, associates eulogies were excellent, with much humor. The family thanks us for being there representing U.S. Submarine Veterans.  See Obit

John Mansfield 

Base Commander Sends - USS Houston SSN 713 Decom Ceremony

(Posted June19, 2016)


I am FTC(SS) Thomas Reese from the USS Houston SSN 713 and I am contacting you on behalf of my command to invite you and the Submarine Veterans to our Decom ceremony that will be held next to the Parche Memorial in front of the Navy museum in downtown Bremerton on August 26th at 1000. Please let me know if you or the Subvets can attend.


PS: Members can contact Cdr Corcoran if they are interested in attending.

Ens Joe Hanisko Answers the Mail - South China Sea Ops

(Updated June23, 2016)


On 6/16/16, RED <> wrote:
> Joe, you guys involved in this?  If so, and you are, when you have
> time...pls give us a brief for GC/Red


160618-N-DA693-261 PHILIPPINE SEA (June 18, 2016) The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), left, and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. The operations mark the U.S. Navy's continued presence throughout the area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jake Greenberg / Released)

Joe updated his comments: He confirmed:  "I'd like to redact my earlier comment about WESTPAC dual carrier ops for the first time since WWII. Seems the GW and the Vinson did it a few years ago... Here's a link to the official press release."

On June 18th, ships from the John C Stennis and Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Groups (including USS Chancellorsville, seen off USS Ronald Reagan's port quarter) rendezvoused to conduct joint operations.  I'll need to confirm, but I think this is the first time that two carriers will have operated as such in this theater since WWII I'm sure that you'll get better information from the official Navy press releases than you will from me, but I'll try to add some color commentary if I can.



PS: I am scheduled to have my OOD board at the end of the month.  Wish
me luck.

NSL PACNW Chapter Luncheon Brief

(Updated June19, 2016)


After meet and greet at June 15th meeting, about 40+ attendees, including some dual USSVI/NSL members enjoyed a fine buffet, speaker CAPT Dave Minton, USN (Ret.), CO of USS Guardfish (SSN 612) in 1972 (39 years ago) spoke of  trailing a Soviet ECHO II submarine K-184, commanded by retired Rear Admiral Bersin.


Dave told that two of the auxiliary gang were employed as plotters during this trail, and were the best.  (This was before of the all the digital equipment of today.)  It was a tense 28 days. Ocean noise conditions were far from ideal for this operation and close ranges were required to maintain contact.


Dave spent some time informing all of his correspondence and in-person meeting with Bersin; a very respectful and enjoyable visit to him in Russia later in life.


( See Russian Navy Blog Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI; for patrol report remarks./ed


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