The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Bremerton (SSN 698) arrived in Singapore on Feb. 14 for a visit as part of its deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.
With a crew of approximately 140, Bremerton will conduct a multitude of missions and maintain proficiency of the latest capabilities of the submarine fleet. For some of the crew, this is their first time visiting Singapore.
USS Bremerton is the tenth Los Angeles-class attack submarine of the U.S. Navy and the second ship in the fleet to be named for Bremerton, Washington.
The contract to build her was awarded to the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation (GDEB) in Groton, Connecticut on 24 January 1972 and her keel was laid down on 8 May 1976. She was launched on 22 July 1978 sponsored by Mrs. Helen Jackson (née Hardin), wife of Henry M. Jackson, and commissioned on 28 March 1981 with Captain Thomas H. Anderson in command.
The vessel is 362-feet long, displaces 6,900 tons and can be armed with sophisticated Mark-48 torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
When USS Los Angeles was decommissioned on 23 January 2010, Bremerton became the oldest commissioned submarine in the US fleet. On that day, Richard O’Kane’s cribbage board was transferred from Los Angeles to Bremerton, a tradition that dates back to World War II.
On 15 June 2016 the 35-year-old submarine completed her 15th deployment. Although originally scheduled for decommissioning in 2017, USS Bremerton’s life has been extended for an unspecified period. She is to remain in service until at least 2019.
Lieutenant Pah J. Yip, Submarine Group 7