Submarine-support ship USS Emory S. Land will change its homeport to Guam from the central Indian Ocean.
The submarine tender will move to Naval Base Guam from Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia as part of the Navy’s long-range plan to put its most advanced and capable units forward, a Navy statement said last week. The vessel, which joins fellow submarine tender USS Frank Cable, will support four fast-attack submarines in Guam and other submarines rotating through the region.
The Emory S. Land will arrive with a crew of about 350 officers and enlisted sailors and 150 civil service mariners to provide logistical support — including food, water and electricity — to submarine forces, the statement said. The ship also provides ordnance, spare parts, maintenance support, medical, dental and legal services to submarine personnel.
The deployment is part of the “Pacific pivot,” reflecting the White House’s view of the region as its highest long-term priority.