We then saw some photos of the Royal Navy's newest submarine, HMS Ambush, and got a short description of the Astute class submarines. Thanks to Dick Gonzales for sharing links to this information.
|HMS Ambush underway|
New Base Raffle - The base is raffling off the 14" x 14" canvas reproduction of the USSVI Memorial plaque that we received at last month's meeting. You can purchase tickets for the drawing for $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be held at the Holiday Luncheon. If you are interested in getting tickets, contact Base Commander Doug Abramson.
|This year's raffle prize|
Auburn Veterans Day Parade – We had a good turnout for the parade with members from Seattle, Bremerton and South Sound Bases showing up for the parade. It was a sunny, but cold day for the parade and the crowd was bundled up for the parade. You can see photos from the parade at the end of this post.
Membership Dues - If you are on the annual membership plan, it is time to look at paying your dues. Please contact Jim Harper to pay your dues or if you have questions.
Seattle Base Elections - Base elections are coming up in January. Our base needs men like you to stand for the necessary positions to keep the base running, and we want to invite you to throw your name in the ring for one of the Base Officer positions. Even if you aren’t ready to be a Base Officer, you can still help out as one of the committee chairs or appointed officers for the base. Committee chairs and appointed officers are really needed to handle the necessary base functions that make our base valuable to us all. Please consider stepping up for an officer or committee position.
2013 Calendars - The USSVI 2013 calendars are available. The calendar, titled "The Victors", honors the World War II U.S. submariners and their boats. You get your copy from the Seattle Base ship's store or you can order your copy directly from the USSVI National Storekeeper.
December Meeting Reminder - We will not be having a meeting in December, but we hope to see all of you at the Holiday Luncheon.
Holiday Luncheon - We will have our annual Holiday Luncheon at the Seattle Yacht Club on Saturday, December 15. Be sure to mark the date on your calendar. It is always a fun time and this will probably be the last year we will be at the Seattle Yacht Club. You can find the registration form in the currnet issue of the newsletter (see the link on the right side of the page) or you can download a copy by clicking this link.
Veterans Day Photos
Here is a video Ric Hedman took before the parade.
Here are some photos from the Auburn Veterans Day Parade on November 10, 2012.
|Seattle Base Float getting ready for the parade|
|Sam Ronnie's limo and the Silent Service Motorcycle Club|
|Bremerton Base members and some active duty sailors before the parade|
|Seattle Base members Curt Maier, Steve Shelton, Pat Householder, Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz and Ralph Sterley|
|WWII SubVet Paul Christofferson shows off a pen he got at the convention with wood from submarine decking|
|Swapping a few stories before the parade|
|Bob Opple and John Mansfield|
|A flyover by an Air Force C-17 started the parade|
|A VFW Honor Guard moves into position before our floats|
|SubVets move into parade position|
|The SSMC followed the floats|
|Seattle Base members marching behind the Bonefish float|
|Submariners (past and present) group photo after the parade|
|Veterans Day ceremony at Tahoma National Cemetery on November 11, 2012|