Saturday, December 31, 2016

January - February 2017 Dolphin Brotherhood Posted

The January – February 2017 issue of the Dolphin Brotherhood has been posted to the Seattle Base website.
This issue has photos from the Auburn Veterans Day Parade and December Holiday Luncheon, a note from Sr Vice Commander Carl Miner, an article on applying for burial at national cemeteries and the usual submarine related articles.

Hardcopies of the newsletter are in the mail. I hope you all enjoy it.

It is also that time of year when annual memberships run out, so don’t forget to renew your local and national USSVI membership!

As always, remember to check back here 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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Submarine Christmas

As we all gather to celebrate the holidays, here are couple items to remind us of submariner's past and today.  Even through these events and photos are separated by more than 60 year, it is still easy to see the similarities. 

First up, a great photo and some Christmas thoughts from Ric Hedman's site (go check out the site sometime, it is worth the visit).
Christmas time on the USS Diodon (SS 349) in 1957
USS Diodon Christmas tree, 1957 from
A small tree erected in the Control Room to be enjoyed by all the crew as they pass through the space. As we celebrate with family and friends remember that the men and women of our armed services are most likely deployed away from home and longing to be with loved ones. Take some time when you are sitting down to your dinners and opening presents to think about those so far from home and in harm's way. Think of them and send wishes for for their welfare. Remember them out loud to those around you. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate this holiday and greetings of the season to those who do not.

Next up, a nice story about today's submariners and their Christmas dinner.

There’s nothing substandard about this submarine’s Christmas dinner

David Trevelino, in the white chef coat, and his son, Andrew, standing behind him, in the galley with some of the crew of the USS Chicago, a nuclear submarine stationed in Guam. (Photo courtesy David Trevelino)
By John Kelly, Washington Post Columnist

When David and Linda Trevelino’s son Andrew enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was posted to a nuclear submarine, he told his parents that he slept on top of a torpedo.
At first, Linda thought Andrew was joking, but then she and David toured the World War II-era USS Torsk moored in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and she realized that he wasn’t. Submariners’ bunks — called racks — are indeed on top of torpedoes.
“My wife started to cry when she saw that,” David said.
Then the couple headed to the sub’s galley and it was David’s turn to cry.
“Oh, my God,” David said, remembering the moment he caught sight of the sub’s spartan kitchen. “I don’t know how they do it.”
David Trevelino, right, and his son, Andrew , in the galley of the USS Chicago, a nuclear submarine stationed in Guam. David is executive chef at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Andrew is a culinary specialist on the Chicago. (Photo courtesy of David Trevelino/Photo courtesy David Trevelino)
David is the executive chef at the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm, the ritzy golf club in Montgomery County, Md. He works in a setting that bristles with the latest technology, including a programmable oven that can cook any piece of meat to perfection.
His son Andrew, 27, is a culinary specialist on the USS Chicago. He works in a setting that bristles with the latest technology, too, capable of raining death and destruction on an unsuspecting enemy.
And because a nuclear submarine is a mighty weapon, it’s not something you want to leave unattended. On Christmas you can’t just turn off the lights and lock the door. There’s always a crew aboard, even on Dec. 25.
Three years ago, when David and Linda were preparing to visit their son during the holidays at the sub’s home port in Guam, Andrew asked if his dad could cook dinner for the 50 crew members who would pull duty on Dec. 25.
David decided to do even more: breakfast, lunch and a gourmet dinner on Christmas plus a New Year’s Eve party ashore for the entire crew and their families. (Many have spouses and children living on Guam.)
That first year, 2014, TPC Potomac members donated $21,000 to pay for all the food and the Trevelinos’ transportation and lodging. This year, David raised twice that.
In all, he’ll prepare nearly 500 meals. All the supplies have to be flown in, frozen, but David can still make them mouthwatering. Christmas lunch will feature Kobe beef hamburgers and homemade french fries. Dinner is filet mignon with lobster bisque. For New Year’s Eve at Guam’s Top o’ the Mar club, David will prepare a banquet that includes snow crab claws, 24-ounce cowboy steaks, seafood stew, and mac and cheese.
Cooking on a sub is a challenge, David said: not a lot of room, no refrigeration and all cooking surfaces heated by steam, not gas or electricity.
“That was new to me,” David said. Somehow, he makes it work.
The crew does a bit of holiday decorating. “They have a little Christmas tree in the corner, kind of like a little Charlie Brown tree,” David said. “It’s kind of cool, but in the same way, it’s kind of sad.”
David said he has a new appreciation for the sacrifices our service members make. Last year the USS Chicago was the busiest sub in the fleet, with more deployments — underways, they’re called — than any other.
The crews’ families miss them on Christmas. They feel good knowing a chef has made them dinner — and then posted photos on Facebook.
“I have a lot of parents of the younger kids send me thank-yous because they don’t get to see their sons a lot,” David said.
One of the highlights for David is spending Christmas night aboard the Chicago, snug in a rack like his son. Don’t you worry that war might break out while you’re on the sub and you’ll wake up to find it underway, I asked. “For them to get going and get out of port takes a couple hours, so I don’t worry about that,” David said. “For me, I think it would be pretty cool to be on it, to be honest with you.”
I bet the crew would agree.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

2016 Seattle Base Holiday Luncheon

On Saturday, December 3, 2016 USSVI Seattle Base submarine veterans, family, and guests gathered at the Meydenbauer Bay Yacht Club in Bellevue for our annual holiday luncheon.

The day started with the social hour, which gave us a chance to catch up with shipmates we have not seen for a while, share our exploits from the past year, and to look at some of the submarine memorabilia on display.

We then moved to the dining room for opening remarks and lunch.

After lunch, our new Senior Vice Commander, Carl Miner, presented the Shipmate of the Year Award to Dick Gonzalez. Dick was key to the successful operation of the base this year. He helped with all our base events, including organizing the Bangor sub base tour, and meetings.

With the award presented, the floor was then opened for sea stories and holiday remembrances. The microphone was passed around and we heard some old favorite stories, along with a few new tales.

We all had a good time at the luncheon and special thanks goes out to everyone who helped organize and setup the event. It is always good to see all our shipmates and get a start on the holiday season with them. We didn't get photos of everyone at the event (some of you avoided the camera), but I hope you enjoy the photos below.
Social time in the sun room 
And in the dining room
Photos on one of the memorabilia tables
submarine models on the other table
Then it was on to lunch.
Opening remarks by Base Commander Al Smith
Sr. Vice Commander Carl Miner announcing the Shipmate of the Year award
2016 Shipmate of the Year - Dick Gonzalez
Don Ulmer giving out toast
Sharing a few sea stories
Finally, photos of the attendees (we are sorry if we missed getting your photo).
Ralph Sterley and Lois Twelves
Don Dufour, Bob and Peggy Vanderway, Rachel Dufour, Scott and Beverly Milne, Nani Skoog, and Angus McDonald
Richard Lanzer, Doug Gilman, Ron and Carol Muecke
Thea Benjamin, Bob Opple, Kirsten Vestley and Kelly Elbright
Dani Haslan, Judy and Keith Watson, Kingsley Parker,
Bill and Diane Giese
Bill and Judy Thompson
Jerry Gerten and Sue Dale
Schell Harmon, Fran Gonzalez, Miri Davis, and Don Ulmer
Carl and Joan Miner
Lynn Schueler, Andrea Geisler, and Fran Gonzalez
Don Ulmer and Lois Mezek
Scott and Beverly Milne
Doug Abramson and Karen B
Dave and Lynn Schueler
Dick and Fran Gonzalez
Karl 'Dutch' and Barbara Krompholz
Keith and Judy Watson
Kerry Ryan and daughter Kimberly Stege
Larry Abbott and Judith Dahlquist
Jim and Marilyn Harper
Pat Householder and Carolyn Davis
Ric Hedman and Patti Lynn
Eric and Sherri Muller
Steve and Lynda Shelton
Happy Holidays to all!