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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Arabian Gulf Now A SubLant Pond?

In an otherwise run of the mill article on current SUBPAC operations in The Honolulu Advertiser, I found an interesting tidbit:
The Pacific submarine fleet has had so many missions assigned to it recently that it no longer sends submarines to the Persian Gulf or Arabian Sea to support the war in Iraq. Instead, submarines are deployed there from the Atlantic Fleet.
I realized after reading this that it had been quite a while since I'd read about a PacFleet sub doing a 5th Fleet deployment -- for example, the Ronald Reagan Strike Group didn't have an attached submarine during their deployment earlier this year. It makes sense, though; there are a lot more threats that submarines might be expected to deal with in the Pacific than in the Atlantic or Med. It'll be interesting to see when PacFleet subs start returning to the Indian Ocean.


Anonymous ew-3 said...

Also interesting that the SSGNs will swap crews in Guam.

11/26/2006 10:24 PM

Blogger Chap said...

Your headline is a bit imprecise.

Let's just say it was a long time in coming. I was in on the middle of that a long long time ago. Issues: Lant's a three star and close to DC, so it wants lots of boats in Groton and Norfolk; Pac's got the, well, Pac to patrol. Lant is marginally closer to the Middle East.

But it's still CTF 54, which is also CTF 74, out of Yokosuka, a PACOM asset. The boats may mostly be from Lant but the undersea from the NAG to the GOO is all run by Pac.

You almost had me going there thinking that 69 was taking things over!

Fast attack one word? Whiskey Tango, over?

11/27/2006 1:17 PM

Blogger submandave said...

Chap, you beat me to it. CTF54 is still SUBOPAUTH. This isn't new, though. Back in '94 (or maybe '95) we did the first Suez SSN CHOP when we brought a MED boat through to support AG ops. There was a great Suez transit message describing the various denizens that inhabitted and lived in the canal, including the "Gully-Gully Man", a fellow who ran a floating tourist trap, complete with souveniers and a magician that could be hired for a top-side show.

11/28/2006 8:37 AM

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