All Pacific fleet submarines ‘forward-deployed’ including all 4 Guam-based subs

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APRA HARBOR, Guam (April 22, 2020) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) transits Apra Harbor as part of regularly scheduled operations in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Topeka is one of four forward-deployed submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen out of Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – The U.S. Pacific Fleet submarine force currently has every one of its forward-deployed submarines conducting contingency response operations at sea in the Western Pacific, in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region amidst the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus.

That includes all four Guam- based attack submarines.

“Our submarine force has proven time and again they are ready to operate anytime, anywhere,” said commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Rear Adm. Blake Converse. “The Pacific Fleet submarine force remains lethal, agile and ready to fight tonight.”

The ability to rapidly deploy is a key component to the Pacific Fleet’s ability to respond to crisis and conflict throughout the Indo-Pacific region. While underway, the submarines are conducting combat readiness training and employing undersea warfare capabilities in support of a wide-range of missions.

APRA HARBOR, Guam (April 27, 2020) The Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Asheville (SSN 758) transits Apra Harbor as part of regularly scheduled operations in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. Asheville is one of four forward-deployed submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen out of Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger) (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)

U.S. Navy operations in the region are aimed at underpinning the peace and stability that has enabled the Indo-Pacific region to develop and prosper for more than seven decades.

“Our operations are a demonstration of our willingness to defend our interests and freedoms under international law,” Converse said.

These operations will ensure our submarine force remains ready and responsive for any tasking. The Pacific submarine force provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, precision land strike, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and early warning, special warfare capabilities, and strategic deterrence around the world.

APRA HARBOR, Guam (May 5, 2020) The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Alexandria (SSN 757) prepares to depart Apra Harbor as part of regularly scheduled operations in the Indo-Pacific. She recently was in Guam, moored alongside the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40). Frank Cable provides necessary repairs and supplies for deployed ships in the 7th Fleet area of operations. Alexandria is one of four submarines assigned to Submarine Squadron 11 out of Naval Base Point Loma, California. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Derek Harkins/Released)