SANTA RITA, Guam -- Governor of Guam Lourdes Leon Guerrero visited with Sailors and leadership while touring USS Key West (SSN 722) and met with Navy leadership during a brief at Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen on Oct. 22, 2019.
The brief and submarine tour were conducted as part of the Navy’s continuing program to coordinate with civil authorities and improve understanding of the Navy’s mission, operation, and crew training, and to validate current processes and procedures for joint notifications and response to events such as typhoons and earthquakes, if needed.
“Collaboration with our military partners is a critical part in our efforts to exercise effective communication between the local and military communities,” said Leon Guerrero. “Being able to see a submarine in person afforded me the opportunity to better understand the scope of the submarine force’s mission and its importance.”
As part of the Navy’s ongoing collaboration with local governments, Submarine Squadron Fifteen routinely conducts training and briefs with various Government of Guam agencies.
“I feel fortunate to have the Government of Guam here visiting with our staff, submarines, and Sailors. These types of interactions help us ensure that our partners understand our procedures and improves our ability to respond to problems such as typhoons as one team.” said Capt. Tim Poe, Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen. “It’s also important to the mission of the Navy to work closely with the Government of Guam.”
Submarine Squadron Fifteen is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam in Piti, Guam, and consists of four Los Angeles-class fast attack submarines. The squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands. Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39). The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed submarine force and are readily capable of meeting global operational requirements.