Dedicated in April 2000 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Submarine Fleet, the proudly named “Deterrent Park” offers a place for learning, quiet contemplation and a natural location for honoring our shipmates on distinguished occasions.
The park is located on Naval Submarine Base Kitsap, Bangor, centrally located near Submarine Group NINE headquarters, TRIDENT Training Facility and the Off-Crew Administration Building.
The Centerpiece of the park is a full scale replica of an FBM submarine topside with the USS WOODROW WILSON (SSBN 624) sail and upper rudder. Additional features include the Forty-One For Freedom Memorial, describing Submarine Force history, and a ceremonial area.
The park is used frequently for Retirements and other Official Ceremonies by local Naval Commands. You can continue it’s operational availability by donating a memorial brick. Your 4.5 x 9″, “submarine black”, brick with engraved message will be used to form the submarine’s missile deck.
Typical messages can be name, rate/rank, dates served, date qualified, or boats served on, in memory (Deceased Shipmates), or any other message that meets the decorum of the site. You will receive a certificate verifying the message to be engraved and a chart showing approximate location of your brick.
The donation for each brick is $40.00, which includes all engraving, administration, and installation costs. You may donate as many bricks as you wish. Once donated, bricks become park property.
Naval Base Kitsap Bangor is responsible for the maintenance of the park and keeps the submarine replica and surrounding grounds in top ceremonial condition.
The submarine veterans of the USSVI Bremerton Base are responsible for administration of brick applications, processing donations, arranging engraving and installation and providing follow-on information such as brick locations, etc.
It is fitting that we continue “To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who have served and, in particular, to those who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country.”
In 2012, USSVI Bremerton Base donated the WWII Submariners Medal of Honor section to the missile deck as show above.
The engraved bricks cannot be moved after installation.
Click HERE to get the engraved brick application form. Complete it, then send it in by snail mail with your donation to the address shown on the form.
ON DECK LOCATOR (Find Brick’s Here)