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I promised you the official declaration yesterday, but the internet decided not to cooperate. Which seems to be the way of things these last couple of months, but we keep on keeping on!

Thanks to all those who responded by email or Facebook to the announcement on the 19th. Your comments were encouraging in the face of so much that seems to be going off the rails, and I appreciate that you took the time to fire off a few lines.

All that said, the news flash today is unavoidable.

As of now, REGROUPEX 20 is postponed, at least until later in the year. So update your calendars, cancel your reservations, and put those plane tickets on hold (maybe the second week of November would be a good place to park them for the short term). I’ll notify the Navy and the hotel in Silverdale, and we can start working on a new date.

These are the times that try men’s souls…

American patriot Thomas Paine penned these oft-quoted words in his first “American Crisis” pamphlet in the closing days of 1776, and though he was speaking of the challenge of standing up to tyranny, his words still ring true for all of us in this difficult time.

Days we hoped would be behind us by now and we would be freed to anticipate the respite and camaraderie of our planned reunion on the 22nd of June, now only two months and three days away.

But on-going events, our primal fears, and the choices of others continue to conspire against us.

Some states, mine included, have extended the so-called ‘stay-at-home’ orders until at least the end of May.

The Navy, having better things to worry about than communicating with me, is not likely to open their bases to tourists in the near future. They have also extended their PCS travel ban until June 30, which doesn’t bode well for submarine tours at Kitsap.

Three months, twenty-seven days, and roughly five hours, but who’s counting? Besides me, I mean.

There is precious little time left to get your planning for June in order, and get reservations made at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel in Silverdale, WA, and make whatever travel arrangements must be made.

Registration will be opened shortly, as soon as we nail down the cost, but expect it to be in the $100-$150 range, plus another $25-$50 for spouses.

In the meantime, everyone keeps asking me, “Who’s going to be there?”

Well, me for one, and that should be enough to seal the deal, but it would be a great help if you would take a few minutes to log into the site and update your plans and arrangements status.

You can update your REGROUPEX 20 plans and arrangements here:

REUNIONS >> REGROUPEX 20 >>> ATTENDANCE PLANS

Simply search for your name, click on the field to update, and make your choice from the options that will pop up for you.

Four months, twenty-two days, and 23 hours as of the time I’m typing until REGROUPEX 20 kicks off in Silverdale, Washington!

On the 22nd of June, 2020, we will gather at the Best Western Silverdale Beach Hotel for three or four days of re-connecting and reminiscing. If you are planning on attending, it’s time to start making reservations.

Our group rate contract is in place, so you can get your reservations set up by calling the hotel directly at:

 

360.698.1000

Forty-eight years ago today, the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680) hit the water for the first time.

launching 003At a ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi, both the wife and daughter of Congressman Bates were present to applaud the result of two years of work by Ingalls Nuclear Shipbuilding afloat the way she was meant to be. While it would be another year and a half before she was ready for commissioning and sea trials, the Bates would go on to a noble career that would span almost 28 years.

She is gone, but never forgotten. She was our home and our protection, and she carried our flag with honor. Our photographs, however faded, like our memories, will always preserve the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680)

02 bates coverThe Bates honored her life’s mission, addressed in the words of the Honorable William H. Bates, “Until sound agreements are reached the peace we seek is but an illusion if we do not develop our military strength to see to it that we always have superior power.”

 

 

You can find the Launching Ceremony brochure here:  LAUNCHING BROCHURE - 11 DEC 1971

You can find more examples of Bates related postal covers here:  SHIP'S POST OFFICE

 

As previously reported here, Chris Pipkin, ET2(SS), Nav ET - Operations Electronics, 79-83, passed away on 22 SEP 2019 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Linda Pipkin and her son Christopher Radke invite you to honor Chris and join with his family in a Celebration of Life on this coming Saturday, 16 NOV 2019, from 1330 to 1530 in Alpine, CA.

The Celebration will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Bert Fuller Post 9578, 844 Tavern Road, Alpine, CA 91901, located in the East San Diego County area. Street parking is available.

Dress is casual, with Hawaiian shirts and attire preferred, and strongly encouraged! A light lunch will be served.

Linda anticipates 200+ in attendance. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sheila J. Snyder, VFW District 1 Auxiliary Chaplain and close friend of Linda, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have photos or or information that we can use in Chris’ Honors page, please email them directly to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We are conducting a short survey to assist us in making hotel arrangements for REGROUPEX 20, the next major reunion scheduled for crew-members of the USS William H. Bates (SSN 680).

Scheduled for June 22-25, 2020, we need your input to negotiate the best rate with our target hotel, the Best Western Silverdale Beach, in Silverdale, Washington.

It is expected this survey will take about 2 minutes, and you can only take it one time. You are encouraged to reach out to other Bates shipmates and invite them to log in to the website and take the survey for themselves.

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