Guam – The Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS Chicago pulled into Naval Base Guam this afternoon [Thursday] to begin its forward-deployment.
The USS Chicago replaces the USS Houston that departed Guam in January. Its arrivals continues the Navy’s commitment to maintain 3 forward-deployed subs on Guam.
s are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements. Guam’s strategic location enhances military force flexibility. Its location allows freedom of action, regional engagement, crisis response and deterrence, while helping to fulfill commitments to U.S. allies and partners to protect our nation’s security.
The USS Chicago is attached to Submarine Squadron Fifteen at Naval Base Guam. The USS Chicago’s Commanding Officer is Cmdr. Nick Tilbrook.
[SANTA RITA, Guam (April 19, 2012) Sonar Technician Submarine 3rd Class (SS) Christopher Smart, assigned to the Los Angeles class fast-attack submarine USS Chicago (SSN 721), embraces his wife Vanessa after arriving arrives at his new homeport, on Naval Base Guam, after the sub completed a change of homeport from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Chicago is assigned to Submarine Squadron 15, the Navy’s only forward deployed submarine squadron, providing maintenance, training, logistics and administrative support for the submarines assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Corey Hensley)]
Naval Base Guam
Naval Base Guam’s mission is to support the US Pacific Fleet and other operating forces base at, serviced by or supplied through Guam; to support the fighters based here or attached to our tenant commands; and to support the families of Sailors stationed on Guam.