SUBPAC shifts tactical control of SSBNs to Submarine Group 9

09 June 2021

From Lt. Mack Jamieson, SUBGRU 9

The shift aligns the tactical control of ballistic-missile submarine forces at the same echelon across the Navy.
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) gets into position to receive a payload of supplies in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
File photo of an Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine, USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730). (U.S. Navy/MC1 Devin M. Langer)
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) gets into position to receive a payload of supplies in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
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File photo of an Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine, USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730). (U.S. Navy/MC1 Devin M. Langer)
Photo By: MC1 Devin Langer
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SILVERDALE, Wash. - Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) transferred command of Commander, Task Group (CTG) 114.3 to Commander, Submarine Group (COMSUBGRU) 9, June 7.

The shift aligns the tactical control of ballistic-missile submarine (SSBN) forces at the same echelon on both the East and West coasts, following the establishment of both a Joint Force Maritime Component Commander and a Task Force Commander for Strategic Forces.

“The shift of tactical control to Group 9 is a great example of how the submarine force continues to prioritize agility and command and control at the most appropriate level,” said Rear Adm. Jeff Jablon, commander, SUBPAC. “Placing the tactical control of our SSBNs at Group 9 provides an opportunity for enhancing coordination and cooperation between force readiness and operational demands on the Ohio-class SSBNs stationed in Bangor.”

The responsibilities of CTG 114.3 are to exercise tactical control over Pacific Ohio-class SSBNs, coordinate and conduct submarine-launched ballistic missile test launches, and direct/coordinate strategic exercises for SSBNs in the Pacific.

“The transfer of tactical control of our sea-based, strategic-deterrent force is an exciting development for our command and will provide some important geographic advantages for the mission set,” said Rear Adm. Doug Perry, commander, Submarine Group 9. “The Group 9 staff has worked incredibly hard with our counterparts at SUBPAC to execute this transfer. Our team is ready to take on this responsibility and we look forward to continuing to provide our nation with a consistent and credible deterrent from the sea.”

Subordinate to Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, COMSUBGRU 9 exercises administrative command and control authority for assigned ballistic and cruise missile submarines, and subordinate commands and units in the Pacific Northwest. Subordinate commands include Submarine Squadrons 17 and 19 and Naval Submarine Support Center, Bangor. The assignment of CTG 114.3 responsibilities to Group 9 adds tactical control of SSBNs assigned under the combatant command of U.S. Strategic Command.

COMSUBPAC is the principal advisor to Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet for submarine matters. The force includes fast-attack, ballistic-missile and auxiliary submarines, submarine tenders, floating submarine docks, deep submergence vehicles and submarine rescue vehicles throughout the Pacific. They provide anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, precision land strike, mine warfare, intelligence, surveillance, early warning and special warfare capabilities to U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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