An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | Dec. 16, 2020

USS Topeka Arrives in Hawaii for Change of Homeport

By Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B Zingaro Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet Subscribe31Petty Officer 1st Class Michael B Zingaro

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM -- The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Topeka (SSN 754) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam following a change of homeport from Guam, Dec. 15.

“I am very excited for this change of moving from one tropical island to another where the people, food and culture are wonderful,” said Cmdr. Richard Salazar, commanding officer of USS Topeka. “The crew and their families did a fantastic job of getting things ready in a timely manner and transitioning to a new place. There is so much logistics and stress that goes into a change of homeport, but the crew and their families did a tremendous job navigating through it all, and we are so happy to be here.”

Topeka is the 10th Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine stationed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and is assigned to Submarine Squadron 7.

“Since 2015, Topeka has served as the tip of the spear in Guam,” said Capt. Mike Majewski, Commodore, Submarine Squadron 7. “She steamed thousands of nautical miles in support of national and Pacific Fleet objectives, and participated in numerous national and international exercises. We are proud of everything that Topeka has done and are honored to have her here in Pearl Harbor and part of the Submarine Squadron 7 team.”

Since Topeka’s arrival in Guam in 2015, the submarine has successfully deployed four times, participated in 14 exercises and earned the Engineering Efficiency Award every year. In 2017, they won the Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 Battle Efficiency Award.

Shortly after arriving at her new home in Hawaii, Topeka will go into Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard to conduct a regularly scheduled major maintenance availability for upgrades and repairs. Once complete, the boat will return to the fleet ready to support the nation as one of the most advanced submarines in the world.

“Topeka is going to head into a maintenance availability period to help us get ready for the next deployment,” said Salazar. “We are a forward-deployed naval force, and that operational tempo can cause a lot of stress, so we are looking forward to enjoying some time with our families.”

The submarine’s ability to support a multitude of missions, to include ant-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, surveillance and reconnaissance, and strike warfare, makes Topeka one of the most capable submarines in the world.

Commissioned Oct. 21, 1989, Topeka is the third United States ship to bear the name in honor of the city of Topeka, Kansas. Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarines make up the majority of the submarine force, with nearly 40 still in commission. Topeka returned from her last deployment, Oct. 24, 2020, where she conducted operations vital to national security in the Western Pacific.


Like Us
Follow Us



U.S., Japanese Defense Leaders Discuss Progress on Closer Alliance
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada answer questions during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan, June 1, 2023. The visit comes as the United States and Japan take important strides to modernize Alliance capabilities, optimize U.S. force posture, and build links with like-minded partners following the historic U.S.-Japan “2+2” Ministerial meeting earlier this year. (DoD photo by Chad J. McNeeley)
June 2, 2023 - WASHINGTON -- U.S. and Japanese defense leaders are "operationalizing" agreements that are deepening the treaty alliance, said Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada in...

Red Flag Alaska 23-2 Kicks 0ff Soon to Enhance Multinational Interoperability
June 2, 2023 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Red Flag-Alaska 23-2, a Pacific Air Forces-sponsored exercise, is scheduled to begin on June 12 with primary flight operations over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex and is...

U.S., Philippine, Japan Coast Guards to Conduct Trilateral Engagements
Philippine Coast Guard servicemembers play music as the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) arrives in Manila, Philippines, for a tri-lateral engagement with the Philippine and Japan Coast Guards, June 1, 2023. Stratton deployed to the Western Pacific under U.S. Navy 7th Fleet command to serve as a non-escalatory asset for the promotion of a rules-based order in the maritime domain by engaging with partner nations and allies in the region. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Matt Masaschi)
June 2, 2023 - MANILA, Philippines -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) and crew arrived in Manila on Thursday to conduct professional exchanges and joint operations with members of the Philippine and Japan Coast Guards during...

USS Shoup Departs Sendai, Japan
CDR. Dale Tourtelotte, Commanding Officer of the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) speaks at the welcome ceremony hosted by the Miyagi Defense Association. Shoup is assigned to Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15, the Navy’s largest forward-deployed DESRON and the U.S. 7th Fleet’s Principal surface force. (U.S. Navy photo by Operations Specialist 3rd class Dominik Camooso)
June 2, 2023 - SENDAI, Japan -- The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Shoup (DDG 86) departed Sendai, Japan after a port visit, June 1.The Yokosuka-based destroyer visit marks the first U.S. Navy ship visit...

USecAF Tours Indo-Pacific to Ensure Resourcing Decisions Align with Strategy, Mission
U.S. Air Force Gen. Ken Wilsbach, Pacific Air Forces commander, Kristyn Jones, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, performing the duties of under secretary of the Air Force, and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. David Wolfe, PACAF command chief, stand together for a photo at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, May 3, 2023. Jones directs the development of the Air Force program and budget, oversees the Air Force Cost Analysis Agency's acquisition and operational cost analysis, provides analytical services, and conducts Air Force accounting and finance operations. During her visit, she met with PACAF leaders to better understand PACAF’s overall infrastructure and mission opportunities and challenges relative to the Pacing Challenge and how PACAF competes, deters, and wins in the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Wilson)
June 2, 2023 - ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Honorable Kristyn Jones, assistant secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, performing the duties of under secretary of the Air Force, toured the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command...