USS Topeka returns to Guam

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SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 20, 2019)
SANTA RITA, Guam (Dec. 20, 2019) (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kelsey J. Hockenberger)

Lt. Nathan Fouratt, from Novi, Mich., assigned to the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754), is welcomed by Annania Nauta, Miss Guam 2020, upon departing the submarine following a deployment.

Topeka is one of four forward-deployed submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen out of Apra Harbor, Guam.

Topeka was commissioned Oct. 21, 1989, and is the third ship of the U.S. Navy named for the city of Topeka, Kansas. It is the fourth “improved” Los Angeles-class submarine. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Topeka has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Topeka is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, strike warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Topeka is a member of Commander, Submarine Squadron (COMSUBRON) 15, which is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam. COMSUBRON 15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines stationed in Guam. The submarines and submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) are part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed naval force and are capable of meeting global operational requirements.