USS BREMERTON was 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|
|Inactivated: July 9, 2018|
|Decommissioned: May 21, 2021|
|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 |
|Cost: approx. $900 million|
|Crew: 12 Officers, 115 Enlisted|
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.
USS BREMERTON Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by Sebastian Thoma and shows the BREMERTON at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on May 15, 2018. The BREMERTON completed her final voyage from her old homeport of Pearl Harbor, Hi., to Bremerton, Wash., on April 27, 2018. The submarine is now undergoing a year-long inactivation process at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the BREMERTON laid up at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash., on June 12, 2022.