History of PSNBA
Continuing a Proud Tradition
PSNBA ensures the Navy and Congress never forget that Kitsap County is where the Navy’s past, present, and future were meant to be.
Lieutenant Ambrose B. Wyckoff, First Commandant of Puget Sound Naval Station (1891-1893) once said,
…During my years of service on Puget Sound I became deeply impressed with its wonderful natural advantages, splendid geographic
position, and abundant resources…it was at once apparent to a naval officer that this was the place for our principal naval establishment on the coast.
On December 6, 1945, the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce met with representatives of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Metal Trades Council to commit to maintaining a liaison in Washington, D.C. to keep the members informed on Navy and congressional activities that affect PSNS.
On April 19, 1946, a set of bylaws were approved by the Metal Trades Council “Navy Yard League”, the Chamber “Naval Affairs Committee” and Shipyard civilian management, establishing Puget Sound Naval Base Association.
Since 1946, the objectives of the organization remain the same:
- To promote the general economic welfare of the members and area.
- To further and encourage mutual confidence between management and employees of the various activities encompassed by the naval installations in Kitsap County.
- To coordinate the establishment of policies affecting the welfare of the naval installations and to present to proper authorities matters evolving from these policies.
- To render such assistance to congressional representatives as would best enable them to present to Congress the needs of the naval installations and employees
PSNBA has championed the future of the Navy:
- The arrival and continuation of nuclear work at PSNS, now the Navy’s key nuclear installation on the West Coast.
- Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, the Trident fleet home where only Bangor Ammunition Depot once stood.
- Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport. Keyport is designing the future of naval technology, building on its history as Keyport Naval Torpedo Station.
- Jackson Park. The idea was conceived during a PSNBA delegation visit to the Washington, D.C. offices of Sen. Henry M. Jackson.
- Naval Station Bremerton. A new chapter in the history of Naval installations in Kitsap County with the continuing support of PSNBA.