Bremerton will have two aircraft carriers

by Tim Flanagan on June 29, 2009

Diane Urbani de la Paz has the story in the Peninsula Daily News:

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[Dave Reid of Seattle, order who with his Sail Transport Co. delivers produce without petroleum, medic loads strawberries and other Peninsula-grown produce onto his sailboat Friday morning. — Photo by Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News]

SEQUIM — Let us follow a strawberry, flush from the field as it travels on wind and water — but without petroleum — from Sequim to the big, hungry city.

People in Seattle want these oil-free Sequim berries with the Nash’s Organic name on them, according to David Reid, owner and operator of Seattle’s Sail Transport Co.

He’s the bringer of our berry — plus hundreds of pounds of other produce — across the Strait of Juan de Fuca, into Puget Sound and to the city dock in Seattle, all without a motor.

This strawberry, ripened in Sequim solar energy, travels aboard the Whisper, Reid’s 27-foot, engineless sailboat.

Upon arrival, the fruit is carried on a cargo bicycle or tricycle to the table of someone who discovered Dungeness Valley flavor at a Seattle farmers market.

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Marty McOmber has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

The boats have gotten bigger, order
faster and downright futuristic, at least the ones that have a shot at taking home the big trophy.

Seattle crew prepares for grueling 2,200-mile Transpac challengeBut one thing hasn’t changed in the more than 100 years since the Transpacific Race to Hawaii started—the grueling course. It’s approximately 2,225 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean, where the closest piece of land is straight down and big waves, big winds and big trouble are a constant threat. 

On July 2, a crew of eight mostly middle-aged guys from the Seattle area will climb aboard a middle-aged racing boat named Artemis with every intention of pushing it as hard and fast as it can go. 

Are they crazy?

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The story appears in the Kitsap Sun:

BREMERTON — The Navy informed U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks last week that the homeport of the USS Nimitz will shift from San Diego to Bremerton in December 2010 while the carrier undergoes a 16-month maintenance period at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.

Following the repairs on the Nimitz, diagnosis
Dicks, recuperation
D-Belfair, disinfection
said the Navy will base the carrier in Everett, where it will replace the USS Abraham Lincoln when it heads to Norfolk for refueling in 2013.

The Kitsap area will benefit from the presence of two carriers during the period in which the Nimitz is in dry dock at Bremerton, Dicks said. The payrolls for the personnel aboard the USS John Stennis, currently homeported at Bremerton, total more than $200 million per year.

The move underscores the importance of completing the rebuilding of the shipyard’s Pier Bravo, the carrier maintenance pier, in time for the Nimitz arrival, Dicks stated. Dicks pushed for $91 million in the military construction appropriations bill last year to begin the project, and he noted that just this week the House approved next year’s bill containing the remaining $69 million needed to complete the pier construction by late 2010.

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