About Submarine Group 7
Submarine Group 7 was established during the Korean Crisis in the 1950’s as Submarine Group Western Pacific, serving as squadron commander and administrative coordinators for submarines in the Western Pacific. In August 1961, the command’s name was changed to Submarine Flotilla 7. In June 1973, when the command was elevated to Task Force level subordinate to Commander, 7th Fleet, it assumed its present status as Commander, Submarine Force 7th Fleet/ Commander Task Force 74 reporting to U.S. 7th Fleet and Commander, Submarine Group 7 reporting to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Submarine Group 7 was activated as Commander Task Force 157 (CTF 157) on October 15, 1992 to direct all submarine operations and mission tasking in the Central Command AOR, including the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. On July 1, 1995, upon establishment of the U.S. 5th Fleet, CTF 157 was redesignated as CTF 54. On December 15, 2014, Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 21 replaced the Commander, Task Force (CTF) 54 detachment as the organization charged with supporting submarines forward-deployed to the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), which encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area including the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.
Group 7 is comprised of submarines deployed to the Western Pacific and a permanent, forward-deployed fleet including the submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), and four fast-attack nuclear submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 when deployed from Guam:
All six vessels are homeported in Guam.
For today's fight, we must be ready to win, knowing the battle space and maintaining superior combat readiness.
Always must share trust and confidence, commitment and assurance with our allies; and deepen and broaden our regional partnerships. These qualities are human dimensions and make the difference in war.
Battle Watch Leadership
Always we must be ready to lead through any exigence, whether the urgent circumstance be in peacetime or in war.
For tomorrow's fight, we today must promote and experiment with the capabilities we will require for future victory.
Submarine Group 7 will advance the interests of the United States and the security and prosperity of the region by effectively employing forward deployed, combat capable forces across the full spectrum of undersea warfare. We will endeavor to prevent conflict but remain prepared to win decisively.