Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (COMSUBPAC) is the principal advisor to the Commander, United States Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) 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.

Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet
CountryUnited States of America
TypeType Commander
Garrison/HQPearl Harbor
Rear Admiral Blake Converse[1]

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. Indo-Pacific Command and strategic deterrence capabilities to the U.S. Strategic Command.[2]

COMSUBPAC's mission is to 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 7 (COMSUBRON Seven)

Bremerton, Washington

  • Priority Material Office

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)

San Diego, California

Commander, Submarine Squadron 11 (COMSUBRON Eleven)

Western Pacific

Commander, Submarine Group 7 (COMSUBGRU Seven) (Yokosuka, Japan)

Commander, Submarine Squadron 15 (COMSUBRON Fifteen) (Guam)

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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[19]
  • 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
  • Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood, 1943–1946
  • Rear Admiral Allan Rockwell 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, 1972-1975
  • Rear Admiral Charles H. Griffiths, 1975-1977
  • Rear Admiral William J. Cowhill, 1977-1979
  • Rear Admiral Nils R. Thunman, 1979-1981
  • Rear Admiral Bernard M. Kauderer, 1981-1983
  • Rear Admiral Austin B. Scott, Jr., 1983-1985
  • Rear Admiral James N. Darby, 1985-1987
  • Rear Admiral Ralph W. West, Jr., 1987-1987
  • Rear Admiral James G. Reynolds, 1987-1989
  • Rear Admiral Michael C. Colley, 1989-1991
  • Rear Admiral Henry C. McKinney, 1991-1993
  • Rear Admiral Jon M. Barr, 1993-1996
  • Rear Admiral Winford G. Ellis, 1996-1998[20]
  • Rear Admiral Albert H. Konetzni, Jr., 1998-2001
  • Rear Admiral John B. Padgett, III, 2001-2003
  • Rear Admiral Paul F. Sullivan, 2003-2005
  • Rear Admiral Jeffrey B. Cassias, 2005-2006
  • Rear Admiral Joseph A. Walsh, 2006-2008
  • Rear Admiral Douglas J. McAneny, 2008–2010
  • Rear Admiral James F. Caldwell, Jr., 2010–2013
  • Rear Admiral Phillip G. Sawyer, 2013–2015[21]
  • Rear Admiral Frederick J. Roegge, 2015–2017
  • Rear Admiral Daryl L. Caudle, 2017–2019
  • Rear Admiral Blake L. Converse, 2019–present[22]

Wartime submarine skipper

See also


  • Blair, Clay (March 2001). Silent victory: the U.S. submarine war against Japan. Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-217-X. (Google books online preview)

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

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