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  Issue/Date 20140421


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Puget Soundings - Base Newsletter

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





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...................

REMINDER: Deterrent Brick Orders need to be in by April 30th

Get Deterrent Park Brick Order in by 30 April

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2014 Memorial Day Tolling of the Boats Observance

(Posted 4-22-2014)


Oly Base Cdr John Clear Sends:



This year's combined ceremonies for the Holland Club Induction and Tolling of the Boats, at the Naval Undersea Museum auditorium, will be held on Thursday, May 22nd starting at 1000.

We will induct Capt. Bill Rothert USN Ret.(Olympic Peninsula), CDR Al Standish USN Ret.(Bremerton, in absentia - he will be in Europe) and some guy named John Mansfield (from all over). The Navy band will be present, color guard, chaplain, and our guest speaker is CDR Elkowitz C.O. of the USS Jimmy Carter SSN-23.

The Tolling will be in conjunction with a power point presentation (USSVI produced) screened while the boats are being tolled (65). The M.C. for the combined event is some unknown named John Clear EMC(SS) USN Ret. (a "still" good looking, but worn out old Chief).

Any questions? Give me a yell...

Best Regards,


John Clear EMC (SS) USN Ret.
Submarine Memorabilia, Inc., President
Olympic Peninsula Base, USSVI, Commander
Naval Submarine League, PNW, Secretary "



2014 NW Enlisted Submarine Ball  (images provided by Wayne Sieckowski)

(Updated 4-21-2014)


Last Saturday evening, 19 April, 6 base members

attended the annual enlisted Sub Ball at the Sheraton Seattle.  They were Don Jassek, John Mansfield, Dutch Kaiser, Wayne

Sieckowski, Jerry Peeling and WWII Subvet Paul Christofferson


Paul converses with CSG9 Rear Adm Kuhlmann, then SUBPAC Force Master Chief Cash Caldwell.



Fireworks Sales Manager Requests Watch Bill Sign Ups for Annual Sale

(Updated 4-18-2014)


Greetings!  Fireworks time is fast approaching. Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
See the watch bill. Have a look, pick a time! Please email me at with a time you would be willing to help. We will also be passing around a paper copy that you can fill in at
Mike Friend

See Watch Bill here.




Drop Dead Date for Brick Install at Deterrent Park

(Posted 4-16-2014)


April 30, 2014 is the deadline for making an donation order for  engraved bricks to be installed in in the missle deck of the full sized top side model of the USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN).  Install is planned for 18 May.  IOUs will be considered.  Go here for details and application.






Welcome Aboard New Members

(Posted 4-16-2014)


Welcome aboard: David L. Hoeg (Simon Bolivar, Henry Clay, Nautilus, Birmingham, Pintado); Alan B. Hunter (Abraham Lincoln, George C Marshall)




April General Meeting Summary

(Posted 4-16-2014)


Base Commander Jim DeMott opened the meeting at 1900, Tue, April 15th with traditional ceremony.  He introduced WRD John Mansfield and two guests. 


He then introduced Kitsap Bluejackets Baseball Team owners Mr. & Mrs. Rick Smith.  Rick gave about a 30 minute review of the 9 year old semipro Bluejacket history, the league and many details of the organization and their desire for us to interact with the team.


The team and league are made up of college students from around the country. The Bluejackets play a 58 game schedule from June 6th through August 10th; 28 games at home at the Kitsap Fairgrounds.


After a short break, base officer and committee chairmen gave update of their activities.  Notably, John Gardner note an estimated net of $100 for the scholarship fund was made from the base sponsorship of the annual dolphin Dash at Bangor Base, Sat, April 12th. Treasurer Dennis Nardone reported a 76K+ base treasury balance. Others reminded us of near and mid future events including base participation in the Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade, the Ivy Green Cemetery Memorial ceremony,  Fourth of July Fireworks Sale and two more parades celebrating the forth of July in Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island.


Don Bassler reminded Deterrent Park Brick orders are due by April 30th.


John Mansfield gave a short brief on the state of USSVI and other thoughts .


Meeting closed at 2030.



South Sound Base Meets In Lacy

(posted on 4-13-2014)

The informal April 12th meeting of South Sound Base began at 1:30 p.m. in the Hawks Prairie Restaurant in Lacey. 10 members ventured out in beautiful weather and shared camaraderie, sea stories and good food.  We’ve been meeting for more than 11 years and still manage to hear new sea stories.  No minutes were taken but John passed on information about the upcoming National USSVI convention in San Francisco. 


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











Click here to See Fireworks Watch Bill



Monthly Meetings

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

521 National Ave,

Bremerton, WA


2014 Calendar below, Email  Red to change
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Sam Attending To Bonefish at Dolphin Dash

Sat, April 12


Applebees, Silverdale

Photo provieded by Dennis Nardone

Mar 7, 2014




May 2014

Deterrent Park Brick Install








Submarine Videos


Beautiful Submarines

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

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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.

U S Submarine Veterans NEWS (LINK)

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Subvet Conventions Question

Veterans experience with treatment at VA and Military Hospitals

2014 USSVI Convention Goers – BASEBALL and GOLF

WWII submariner dives into 3,600 personnel files for posterity

LEADERSHIP: Saving the Navy from itself.



Stuff you won't see in the local fish wrapper

How to Steal a Submarine: Call the CIA and Howard Hughes

Submarine Vet: You Can't See Us, But We're Out There

HMJ top sailors recognized by Navy League

XO fired for issues while leading Blue Angels

Delivery of submarine North Dakota delayed to Navy

Petty officer charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal

Former battleship crew members return to northwest for final reunion

Century old museum volunteer continues to serve

Pacific Submarine Force Hosts 114th Navy Submarine Birthday Balls

Russia Will Begin Sea Trials of New Nuclear Subs This Summer

Hartford Sailors Proud to Earn Unit Honor

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