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The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Houston is scheduled to arrive in its new permanent base of Apra Harbor, Guam, today.

The Houston will be joining USS City of Corpus Christi and USS San Francisco as the third submarine in the class to attach to Submarine Squadron 15 before the end of this year.

The Houston, formerly based out of Bremerton, Wash., has been under way for almost two weeks, according to a U.S. Naval Forces Marianas news release. A ceremony at Polaris Point is to follow immediately its arrival on Guam.

The Los Angeles class of submarines is designed to seek and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships. Other missions range from intelligence gathering and Special Forces delivery to anti-ship and strike warfare. About 150 sailors and officers crew each submarine.

Navy Lt. Arwen Consaul, Guam Naval Base spokeswoman, told Stars and Stripes in October that moving submarines to Guam is a great timesaver for the Navy.

“Strategically, Guam’s Central Pacific location offers significant savings in both time and distance for submarines,” she said. “Pacific Fleet submarine assets can be on station much quicker once stationed on Guam.”

The release stated that with increasing operational tasks and a decreasing number of fleet assets, the Guam-based submarines let the Navy almost double the number of mission days on station by reducing the distance traveled from their permanent base to their area of operation.

The original Submarine Squadron 15 was formed in Pearl Harbor in 1963. The squadron was moved to Guam in 1964, dissolved in 1981 and re-established on Sept. 23, 2001.


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