The USS Bremerton submarine headed out of Naval Base
Kitsap this morning following
a weeklong visit. The crew of almost 150 made the most
of the visit to the city she’s named for, performing a park
renovation, visiting Mayor Patty Lent’s office and even inviting
some guests aboard for tours.
I was fortunate to have been one of those guests. They gave us
an incredible tour of the vessel that will stand out as a highlight
of my reporting career.
Bremerton will get a visit from the submarine that bears
the city’s name this week. On Wednesday, the Los
Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, currently home-ported in Pearl
Harbor, will dock at Naval Base Kitsap for a short visit.
She last visited Bremerton in May 2012, almost three years ago.
While here, the crew plans to meet with local dignitaries, host
recruits and even volunteer in a park cleanup.
Navy Submarine Group 9 Spokesman Brian Badura gives a good
description of what subs like the Bremerton do:
Fast-attack submarines like Bremerton are designed to
seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, carry out
intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions, support
aircraft carrier and expeditionary strike groups, and engage in
The sub, which carries more than 130 sailors, is the oldest in
the U.S. fleet. It is the second vessel in Navy history to bear the
name Bremerton, and the 11th submarine of the Los Angeles