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Thursday, March 15, 2007

That's A Long Overhaul

USS Bremerton (SSN 698) is in the Navy News for finishing sea trials after a three year (!) refueling overhaul. Here's a picture of her pulling into Pearl Harbor Naval Station:

Three years seems like a long time for an ERO; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has been doing them in under two. Hopefully the crew didn't go stir-crazy in the yards. (I spent quite a bit of time in the yards during NewCon, but never three years -- and most of the time, I didn't have RadCon to worry about.)

Here's to the crew of the Portsmouth Bremerton -- splice the mainbrace, men; you've earned it.

Bell-ringer 1531 17 Mar: Edited to correct the name of the boat, as pointed out by a commenter. However, that doesn't mean that any former USS Portsmouth crewmembers shouldn't still feel free to have a drink.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being stationed here at PHNSY... it's been kinda a joke.

It's funny how everyone on the CNO side have been patting themselves on the back by getting the USS CoCC out one time (even though she sat on the IMF side for a while afterwards), but Bremerton has been here longer than most of the military stationed here.

3/16/2007 12:24 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back in the late 80’s, the joke was that if you wanted to go to a submarine but not go to sea, the Bremerton was your boat. It was in PHNSY, had been there for two years, and was 16 months behind schedule. Didn’t sound like any fun to me.

That Damn Good Looking Aganger From Iowa

3/16/2007 7:32 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

USS Houston, 22 months scheduled, 34 months actual (the best part is that it was completed "on time" after the deadline was changed six times).

We couldn't really complain at the time as the workers were all sent to fix the carrier for the GWOT; what's PHNSY's excuse?

3/16/2007 8:08 AM

Blogger Chap said...

Change in leadership, possibly?

I remember reading all the letters to NR: "Ship is in "n*3" weeks of an "n" week ERO...."

3/16/2007 8:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minor nit: You congratulated Portsmouth's crew for Bremerton's ERO. (typo) We knew what you meant, though.

3/16/2007 9:24 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We don't call it "Pearl Harbor's No Ka Oi, we f**k 'em up, brah! Shipyard" for nothing!

Isn't the Bremalo the boat that rolled over in Competent?

3/17/2007 1:02 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it should or should not be mentioned that Portsmouth sent some nuc workers to assist...

3/17/2007 11:18 AM

Blogger Robert Schumacher said...

I'm going throught ERO right now on Olympia in PHNSY. Believe me, no one knows how to delay a schedule like PHNSY, especially the refuelers and the radcon guys. We were the next ERO following Bremerton, and in fact I know some of the nukes there, and they didn't exactly have a picnic. And our time is coming...but it's all part of the job, I suppose.

3/18/2007 10:58 PM


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