Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Notes

We started off the January meeting with Tolling the Boats lost in January, followed by birthday wishes for our members, officer reports, and introductions.

We also want to remind everyone that annual memberships ran out at the end of 2014 and Seattle Base and USSVI National dues for 2015 are due.

Old and New Business: 
Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon – We had a short recap of the Holiday Luncheon. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lunch and Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club. We are hoping to return there in 2015. If you have any feedback about the lunch or venue, please feel free to pass them along to any Base officers.

Meeting Venue Changes – Base Commander Dick Gonzalez told us he has been talking with members that don’t usually come to our meetings and that many said that the location of the meeting was part of the reason they did not attend. He suggested that we consider alternative locations for some of our monthly meetings. There was general agreement that we could look into this.

Seattle Base Funding – At the last meeting we talked about ways to increase the Base membership, this month we talked a little about ways to generate additional revenue for the Base. Over the past few years the Base treasury has been decreasing at a rate of around $300 per year and we want to figure out how to reverse that trend. We talked about several different ideas and it was suggested that we talk through the issue more at a future meeting instead of having a presentation. If you have suggestion of how we can increase our revenue, please contact Base Commander Dick Gonzalez or bring them up at a future meeting.

January Program:
The program for January was a presentation by Jim Lindley on the birth of the air war during World War I. Jim is docent at the Museum of Flight, he served with the US Military Command during the Vietnam War and later as a commercial airline pilot with Northwest Airlines. He started out the presentation with a discussion of the origins of World War I and the early fighting actions. He went on to talk about the stalemate on the Western Front and the development of trench warfare. Jim then talked about how aircraft became involved in the war, starting with early observation planes and early attempts to arm aircraft leading to the development of true fighter aircraft. He talked about further aircraft developments, including improvements in engines and weapons. Jim also talked about the involvement of the United States in the air war, including the American volunteers with Lafayette Escadrille. He wrapped the presentation with a short discussion of the questions regarding what to do with airpower after the war. It was an interesting presentation on the different aspects of airpower during World War I
Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presents Jim Lindley with a certificate of appreciation for his presentation

Good of the Order: 

Steve Shelton let us know that he has the dates for this year’s Smokey Point Rest Stop Event. This year we will be at the North bound rest stop on July 1 – 3. He will have sign-up sheets available at a future meeting.

Lois Mezek told us that one of the other organizations she is part of will be disposing of worn-out flags in June. If anyone has an old U.S. flag that is ready for retirement, you can bring it to a future meeting and give it to her.

Remember that efforts to move the USS Clamagore to Knoxville Tennessee are moving forward and you can follow developments on Facebook at:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

January 2015 Meeting Reminder


The next Seattle Base meeting is this coming Wednesday, January 21. We will meet at VFW Post #2995 (4330 148th Ave N.E., Redmond WA 98052). Social hour starts at 6 PM with business meeting at 7PM.

We hope you can join us to kick off the first meeting of 2015. We expect to have a lively meeting with lots to talk about.

Our guest speaker is Mr. Jim Lindley, former President of the Cascade Chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), secretary of the Washington State Chapter of the War of 1812 and docent at the Museum of Flight. Jim served and flew the US Military Command during the Vietnam War and had a distinguished career as a commercial airline pilot with Northwest Airlines. 
Camel vs. Albatros - by Roy Cross
Jim has great has a keen interest in the history of the air conflict during World War I and this will be the topic of his presentation. I know you will enjoy the company of a fine gentleman and his historical overview of World War I.

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Navy Names New Submarine after Rickover

On January 9, 2015 Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that the U.S. Navy will name the fifth Block IV Virginia-class nuclear attack boat (SSN-774) after the father of the nuclear submarine — Adm. Hyman Rickover.

The service is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first U.S. nuclear sub USS Nautilus (SSN-571) first journey under nuclear power.

The announcement from the Pentagon came ahead of Mabus’ formal announcement at the Washington Navy Yard.

USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN-795) will be the second Virginia boat to break with naming the class after states. The Block III boat John Warner (SSN-785) is scheduled to deliver to the service next year. Previous to SSN-795, the service named a Los Angeles - class attack boat, SSN-709, after Rickover.

Here is the complete announcement from the Department of Defense on January 9, 2015.
Navy Names New Virginia-Class Attack Submarine 
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that SSN 795, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Hyman G. Rickover.

Mabus named the submarine to honor U.S. Navy Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the man credited for developing USS Nautilus (SSN 571), the world’s first operational nuclear-powered submarine.

Virginia-class submarines provide the Navy with the capabilities required to maintain the nation’s undersea supremacy well into the 21st century. They have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities, and special warfare enhancements that enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.

Virginia-class submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special-forces delivery and support.

Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800 tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

January - February Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

USS Hampton (SSN-767) in the Arctic in 2004 (US Navy photo)
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season.

The January – February issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.

This issue has photos from the 2014 Auburn Veterans Day Parade and the Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon, along with the usual base news and other submarine related articles.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail and should arrive early next week. I hope you all enjoy it.

Additionally, we’re introducing a way for you to get copies of the Dolphin Brotherhood sent directly to your email inbox. If you would like to get the PDF, full-color, version of the newsletter by email, just send a message to the email address: with the subject “Subscribe” and include your name in the message. Alternatively, you can just speak with me (Dave Schueler) at a base meeting or event.

As always, don't forget to check back here on the blog for base updates and other articles of interest. You can find old issues of the newsletter at: Dolphin Brotherhood Archives, which is also a link on the right side of the blog. 

Dave Schueler
Seattle Base Newsletter Editor

Friday, December 26, 2014

2014 Holiday Luncheon Photos

On Saturday, December 20th submarine veterans, family, and guests gathered at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue for the USSVI annual holiday luncheon. The weather was cloudy and rainy, but the club was warm and inviting.

The day started with some social time that gave us all a chance to catch up on the exploits of our shipmates over the last year and to look at some of the submarine memorabilia on display. Then it was on to lunch, the annual toasts, and presentations. Pat Householder gave a short remembrance of the shipmates that departed on Eternal Patrol in 2014 and then Base Commander Dick Gonzalez presented the Shipmate of the Year Awards to Doug Abramson and John Roberts. Congratulations to Doug and John on their well-deserved awards and thanks for all the hard work they’ve done for Seattle Base this past year. The floor was then opened for sea stories and holiday remembrances.

Thanks to everyone else who helped out with the luncheon.

It is always good to see all of our shipmates and enjoy the holiday season with them. I hope you enjoy the photos from the event.

The luncheon area during the social hour.
Looking at the memorabilia table
More memorabilia
Dick and Fran Gonzalez
Larry Abbott and Lois Mezek at the club entryway
Patti Lynn and Ric Hedman
Bill and Diane Giese
Bob Opple with daughter Kelly
Steve and Lynda Shelton
Leslie Stevenson and Pat Householder
Larry and Nan Abbott
Bob and Dainni Haslan
Schell and Av Harmon
Jay and Miri Davis
Marc and Karen Vellat
Andrea Giesler and Cliff Nutter
Don and Carol Ulmer
Bill and Judy Thompson
New members Dick Krause and Daryl Zentner
Bob and Peggy Vanderway
Jim and Barbara Davis
Eric and Sherry Muller
Don and Rachel Dufour
Keith and Judy Watson
Dave and Lynn Schueler
Karl and Linda Peterson
Jim and Marilyn Harper
(front to back) Terri Robertson, Amy Wade, Loma Taylor and Sue Greenfeld
Doug Gilman and Dave Schueler
Karl 'Dutch' and Barbara Krompholz
John and Sandra Roberts
Roy and Linda Burt (center) with daughters Kia, Noel, and Emma
Nonie Skagg and Angus McDonald
Ralph Sterley and Lois Twelves
Ric Hedman and Jon McKeon
Steve Shelton and Doug Abramson
Base Chaplin Andrea Giesler provides the invocation
Base Commander Dick Gonzalez gives his opening remarks
Pat Householder with a remembrance of departed shipmates
Shipmate of the Year Doug Abramson
Shipmate of the Year John Roberts
The room during the luncheon
The other half of the room

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Luncheon Reminder and Notes

The Seattle Base USSVI Holiday Luncheon at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club is next Saturday, December 20.
The front of the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club
We just had a productive meeting with the club manager to finalize the details. Here are a few important items:
  • Limited parking is available in the upper parking lot providing easy access into the facility. Additional space in the lower lot is available with steps providing convenient access to the rear of the building. It is suggested those with disabilities or having difficulty with stairs arrive a few minutes early to utilize the upper lot. 
  • Social hour begins at 11am and lunch will be served at noon. 
  • There will be tables provided for submarine memorabilia, so feel free to bring along items to display. 
  • Name tags will be provided as you check in. 
  • All wine and beer are included with the cost of your meal. 
  • An open bar, with a certified bartender, will be provided (we are providing our own liquor for the bar). 

The menu for this year:
  • Fresh garden salad and rolls 
  • Your selected choice of: Beef tenderloin au jus with horseradish on the side or King salmon filets with tartar sauce 
  • Fresh asparagus 
  • Roasted potatoes 
  • New York cheesecake with champagne toast 
The Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club is located at: 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE, Bellevue WA 98004 (mapquest link)
Click on the image below for information about getting to the yacht club and lower parking lot.

We look forward to a special celebration with you and your guests.

If you have any questions please call Dick Gonzalez at 425‐228-6327 or Jim Harper at 425-357-6485.

Dick Gonzalez
Seattle Base Commander

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seattle Base visits Children's Hospital during Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Week

Seattle Base Kap(SS) for Kid(SS) members at Children's Hospital
Veterans Week was busy for the Seattle Base. With our participation in the annual Auburn Veterans Parade on Saturday, a Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) visit to Children’s Hospital on Monday, and Honor Guard duties at Tahoma National Cemetery on Tuesday, we barely had time to catch our breath. As with last year, the visit to the kids was a highlight. On Monday, November 10th, Base Commander Dick Gonzalez, Senior Vice Commander and K4K Chairman John Roberts, and COB Ralph Sterley, a WWII SubVet, visited with some special friends at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

We were warmly invited to return this year by the Director of Child Life Services, Lina Lewis. Her staff escorted us to each child’s room where we were privileged to interact with them and their parents or other care givers.

In all, 12 children were recipients of Honorary Submariner Certificates, K4K caps in pink or blue, coloring books, submarine photos, “tattoos”, and sea stories of a gentler nature.

In addition, we entertained another 9 children in the Playroom where the patients can visit with their brothers, sisters and friends. Again, the Child Life Services staff was enthusiastic about our visit and very helpful in assisting us to interact with the younger children.

One young child, Madeline, was especially engaging. We helped her mother apply one of our “tattoos” on her arm which she proudly pointed out to all of her visitors and care providers for the rest of the day.

Over cups of coffee after the visit, we all agreed that once again we probably received a lot more joy than we gave. We’ve rotated 6 of our members through the program so far and there’s a long line of eager participants waiting for the next visit.