USS BREMERTON is the 11th LOS ANGELES class nuclear powered attack submarine and the 6th boat in this class built by Electric Boat in Groton, CT.
On March 11, 1999, USS DAVID R. RAY (DD 971), along with USS BREMERTON, was tasked by the Navy with sinking the commercial tanker NEW CARISSA at the request of a unified command made up of local, state and federal officials concerned about the environment. The NEW CARISSA had been spilling oil since it shipwrecked near Coos Bay, OR, on February 4. It was then towed for three days to the open ocean for sinking. This effort was the unified command's second attempt to dispose of the 6,000-ton hulk, which had broken free from another tow a week earlier, only to return ashore along the central Oregon coast. An estimated 130,000 gallons of thick crude oil remained in the ship's fuel tanks after Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, from Whidbey Island, WA, torched more than half of the hazardous material February 10. DAVID R. RAY gunners prepared point-detonating 5-inch, 54-caliber projectiles for firing into NEW CARISSA to facilitate flooding. The destroyer's gunners then pumped 69 rounds into NEW CARISSA's bellowing hull. As intended, the resulting punctures allowed trapped air to ventilate. Strategically placed shots along the waterline caused the desired stern-first submersion that achieved the intended outcome. BREMERTON was then called upon to fire one Mk-48 advanced capability torpedo, sinking NEW CARISSA.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: January 24, 1972|
|Keel Laid: May 8, 1976|
|Launched: July 22, 1978|
|Commissioned: February 28, 1981|
|Builder: Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, CT|
|Propulsion system: one nuclear reactor|
|Length: 360 feet (109.73 meters)|
|Beam: 33 feet (10 meters)|
|Draft: 32,15 feet (9.8 meters)|
|Displacement: Surfaced: approx. 6,000 tons|
|Submerged: approx. 6,900 tons|
|Speed: Surfaced: approx. 15 knots|
|Submerged: approx. 32 knots|
|Armament: four 533 mm torpedo tubes for Mk-48 torpedoes, Harpoon missiles|
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
|Homeport: Pearl Harbor, Hi.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS BREMERTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
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