USS Bremerton (SSN-698)
Bremerton pulling into port
|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|
|Status:||In commission, in reserve (stand down)|
|Class and type:||Los Angeles-class submarine|
|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.
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.
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. When Bremerton was inactived in 2018, the cribbage board was transferred from Bremerton to USS Olympia (SSN-717).
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. In February 2015, Bremerton visited the City of Bremerton USS Bremerton is deployed with COMSUBPAC.
On 15 June 2016 the 35-year-old submarine completed her 15th deployment. Although originally scheduled for decommissioning in 2017, USS Bremerton's life was extended for an unspecified period. 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.
- New Carissa is Finally Buried at Sea[dead link]
- Pearl Harbor Shipyard Undocks USS Bremerton[dead link]
- Steven Georges (23 January 2010). "USS Los Angeles Decommissioning". Press-Telegram. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011.
- "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.
- Dagendash, Matt (12 January 2011). "Namesake Submarine Adopted by Bremerton Navy League" (Press release). U.S. Navy.
- USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) COMSUBPAC
- "Fast-attack submarine USS Bremerton completes six month stint". navaltoday.com. 16 June 2016.
- "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.
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