Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
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Active 1914-Present
Country United States of America
Type Type Commander
Garrison/HQ Pearl Harbor
Rear Admiral Frank Caldwell Jr.[1]

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet is the principal advisor to the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet for submarine matters. The Pacific Submarine Force (SUBPAC) includes attack, ballistic missile and auxiliary submarines, submarine tenders, floating submarine docks, deep submergence vehicles and submarine rescue vehicles throughout the Pacific.

The Force provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, precision land strike, mine warfare, intelligence, surveillance and early warning and special warfare capabilities to the U.S. Pacific and strategic deterrence capabilities to the U.S. Strategic Command.[2]



Provide the training, logistical plans, manpower and operational plans and support and tactical development necessary to maintain the ability of the Force to respond to both peacetime and wartime demands.[3]

Submarines and Units

These are the submarines and related units reporting to COMSUBPAC. [4]

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Commander, Submarine Squadron 1 (COMSUBRON One)

Commander, Submarine Squadron 3 (COMSUBRON Three)

Commander, Submarine Squadron 7 (COMSUBRON Seven)

Bangor, Washington

Commander, Submarine Group 9 (COMSUBGRU Nine)

Commander, Submarine Squadron 17 (COMSUBRON Seventeen)

Commander, Submarine Squadron 19 (COMSUBRON Nineteen)

Commander, Submarine Development Squadron 5 (COMSUBDEVRON Five)

  • USS Seawolf (SSN 21)
  • USS Connecticut (SSN 22)
  • USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23)
  • Deep Submergence Unit

San Diego, California

Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (COMSUBRON Eleven)


Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 (COMSUBRON Fifteen)

VA Beach, Virginia

  • Commander, Undersea Surveillance
  • NOPF Whidbey Island, WA
  • IOSC Little Creek

Officers Serving as COMSUBPAC

The following is an incomplete list:

  • Rear Admiral Wilhelm Lee Friedell, 1939–1941
  • Rear Admiral Thomas Withers, Jr., 1941–May 1942
  • Rear Admiral Robert H. English, May 1942–20 January 1943 (killed in an aircraft accident)
  • Captain John H. "Babe" Brown (pro tem), 20 Jan 1943–1943
  • Rear Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, 1943–1946
  • Rear Admiral Allan R. McCann, 1946–1948
  • Rear Admiral Oswald S. Colclough, 1948–1949
  • Rear Admiral John H. "Babe" Brown, 1949–1951
  • Rear Admiral Charles B. "Swede" Momsen, 1951–1953
  • Rear Admiral George L. Russell, 1953–1955
  • Rear Admiral Leon J. Huffman, 1955–1956
  • Rear Admiral Elton W. "Joe" Grenfell, 1956–1959
  • Rear Admiral William E. "Pete" Ferrall, 1959–1960
  • Rear Admiral Roy S. "Ensign" Benson, 1960–1962
  • Rear Admiral Bernard A. "Chick" Clarey, 1962–1964
  • Rear Admiral Eugene B. Fluckey, 1964–1966
  • Rear Admiral John H. Maurer, 1966–1968
  • Rear Admiral Walter L. Small, 1968–1970
  • Rear Admiral Paul L. Lacy, Jr., 1970–1972 (Last WW2 submarine skipper in the job)
  • Rear Admiral Frank D. McMullen, 1972–
  • Rear Admiral Douglas J. McAneny, 2008-2010
  • Rear Admiral James F. Caldwell, 2010 - present

Wartime submarine skipper

During World War II, one of the myriad submarine units in the Pacific Fleet was the Submarine Repair Training Unit, Pacific, (SubTraPac) headquartered at San Diego, California. SubTraPac was the result of a merger with Submarine Repair Unit at San Diego, California.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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