USS Bremerton (SSN-698)

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USS Bremerton SSN-698.jpg
Bremerton pulling into port
United States
Name: USS Bremerton
Namesake: Bremerton, Washington
Awarded: 24 January 1972
Builder: General Dynamics Corporation
Laid down: 8 May 1976
Launched: 22 July 1978
Commissioned: 28 March 1981
Out of service: 9 July 2018
Homeport: Pearl Harbor
Status: In commission, in reserve (stand down)[1]
Badge: USS Bremerton SSN-698 Crest.png
General characteristics
Class and type: Los Angeles-class submarine
  • 5,789 tons light
  • 6,159 tons full
  • 370 tons dead
Length: 110.3 m (361 ft 11 in)
Beam: 10 m (32 ft 10 in)
Draft: 9.7 m (31 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: S6G nuclear reactor
Complement: 12 officers, 98 enlisted
Armament: 4 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Bremerton (SSN-698), a Los Angeles-class submarine, is the second vessel of the United States Navy to be named for Bremerton, Washington. The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation in Groton, Connecticut on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 8 May 1976. She was launched on 22 July 1978 sponsored by Mrs. Helen Jackson (née Hardin), wife of Henry M. Jackson, and commissioned on 28 March 1981 with Captain Thomas H. Anderson in command.

On 11 March 1999, Bremerton used one torpedo to sink the derelict forebody of the merchant ship New Carissa off the Oregon coast. USS David R. Ray assisted in sinking the ship.[2]

After a successful Western Pacific deployment, in September 2003 Bremerton changed its homeport to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Bremerton spent two months in drydock at Pearl Harbor ending 21 January 2010.[3]

When USS Los Angeles was decommissioned on 23 January 2010, Bremerton became the oldest commissioned submarine in the US fleet. On that day, Richard O'Kane's cribbage board was transferred from Los Angeles to Bremerton, a tradition that dates back to World War II.[4] When Bremerton was inactived in 2018, the cribbage board was transferred from Bremerton to USS Olympia (SSN-717).[5]

In January 2011, Bremerton was adopted by its namesake city, along with a partnership of community members and organizations led by the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the US Navy League.[6] In February 2015, Bremerton visited the City of Bremerton[7] USS Bremerton is deployed with COMSUBPAC.[8]

On 15 June 2016 the 35-year-old submarine completed her 15th deployment.[9] Although originally scheduled for decommissioning in 2017, USS Bremerton's life was extended for an unspecified period.[10] On 20 July 17, she became the longest-commissioned U.S. Navy submarine beating the record long held by USS Kamehameha (SSBN-642). On 6 April 2018, she returned to Pearl Harbor from her final deployment, soon to be decommissioned.[11]


  1. ^ NVR
  2. ^ New Carissa is Finally Buried at Sea[dead link]
  3. ^ Pearl Harbor Shipyard Undocks USS Bremerton[dead link]
  4. ^ Steven Georges (23 January 2010). "USS Los Angeles Decommissioning". Press-Telegram. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.
  5. ^ "O'Kane Cribbage board passed to USS Olympia (SSN-715)". Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  6. ^ Dagendash, Matt (12 January 2011). "Namesake Submarine Adopted by Bremerton Navy League" (Press release). U.S. Navy.
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  9. ^ "Fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton completes six month stint". 16 June 2016.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Oldest submarine in US Navy service returns from final deployment". Naval Today. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register as well as various press releases and news stories.