By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Cory Asato, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. – During a port visit to her namesake, USS Bremerton (SSN 698) Sailors participated in a joint effort with the Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council of the U.S. Navy League and Kitsap County in beautifying Fischer Park in East Bremerton, Feb. 28.
The USS Bremerton crew continued its efforts to strengthen rapport with the community since being jointly adopted by the City of Bremerton and the Navy League Bremerton Olympic Peninsula Council in 2011.
“We are excited to bring the namesake of the city back home and give back,” said Command Master Chief Wade Tandberg, a native of Renton, Wash., and USS Bremerton’s Chief of the Boat. “I’m proud to see my crew taking part in showing our appreciation for the City of Bremerton and its support.”
The Sailors were estimated to have cleared more than two tons of debris and shrubbery at the park and laid approximately 140 feet of bed work according to Marion Hersey, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board member who coordinates local veteran memorial clean ups weekly.
“I normally reach out to Naval Base Kitsap or ships pulling in to support clean-up efforts,” said Hersey. “These Sailors came out here ready to give their time and do great work.”
The namesake port visit had an impact on every one on board from the most senior to some of the newly reported junior Sailors. USS Bremerton is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“It’s nice to come out here and see the town and help the community,” said Machinist’s Mate Fireman Kyle McClanahan, a native of Oklahoma City assigned to USS Bremerton. “The city’s been a fantastic host and I can’t wait to come back when we decommission.”
The ship is slated to decommission in Bremerton late 2017 according to the boat’s senior leadership.
“It’s always a great thing to have the namesake back in town,” said retired Capt. Alan Beam, third commanding officer of USS Bremerton (SSN 698). “As a community we support our Sailors and I can speak of how well trained and hard charging these Sailors are from their involvement in the community to the immaculate condition of the boat from my recent tour.”