SSN 698 Bremerton
USS BREMERTON (SSN 698) is the tenth ship of the Los Angeles Class. Her keel was laid by General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division in Groton, Connecticut in May 1976. BREMERTON was launched by her sponsor, Mrs. Henry M. Jackson, in July 1978 and commissioned on March 28, 1981.
Following shakedown in the Atlantic Ocean, USS BREMERTON conducted an interfleet transfer to the Pacific via the Indian Ocean, arriving in Pearl Harbor in October 1981. Since completion of Post Shakedown Availability in August 1982, BREMERTON has completed a regular overhaul and four deployments each to the Western and Eastern Pacific. During her 1993 WESTPAC deployment, the ship became the first U.S. warship to visit Diego Garcia this decade and steamed almost 50,000 nautical miles in earning the 1993 Seventh Fleet ASUW Excellence Award.
USS BREMERTON has earned two Navy Unit Commendations, a Meritorious Unit Commendation and two Battle Efficiency "E"s.
USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived in her new homeport of Pearl Harbor on Sept. 16, 2003. Previously based at Submarine Base, Point Loma in San Diego, Bremerton entered Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility for an overhaul.
As of late 2016, three SSN-688 class boats—Bremerton (SSN-698), Jacksonville (SSN-699), and Dallas (SSN-700) — remained in operation at about age 36, and one of them (Bremerton) was scheduled to remain in operation until FY2019, at which point it would be age 37.
On 20 April 2018, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam bid a final farewell to the Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine the USS Bremerton (SSN 698) as it transited to its namesake, Bremerton, Washington where it will begin the inactivation and decommissioning process. As Bremerton departed, Sailors, submarine veterans, friends and families of the crew looked on from the pier, and celebrated her 37 years of honorable service to the U.S. submarine force. Home-ported out of Pearl Harbor since 2003, Bremerton departed Hawaii with a special guest, Bremerton’s first commanding officer, Capt. (Ret.) Thomas H. Anderson. During Bremerton’s 37 years of successful service, she completed 17 deployments while performing missions vital to national security and developing maritime partnerships with foreign Western Pacific nations.
The boat's status as of 08 August 2019 was "In Commission, in Reserve (Stand Down), commencement of inactivation availability". It had been in this status since 09 July 2018.
City of Bremerton
USS BREMERTON is named in honor of the city of Bremerton, Washington, home to Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and a city with a long association with both the Navy and the Submarine Force.
The first USS BREMERTON (CA 130) was a heavy cruiser of the BALTIMORE Class commissioned at the close of World War II. She was named after the winning city resulting from a war bond drive contest between the workers at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and rival Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California. During fifteen years of active service, BREMERTON (CA 130) saw action in the Korean Conflict and served as flagship for various cruiser divisions until decommissioning in 1960.
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