The U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723) returned to its homeport of Apra Harbor, Guam on Aug. 18.
The submarine conducted routine patrols throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of maritime security operations that promote stability while maintaining key partnerships with allies across the region.
USS Oklahoma City was commissioned on July 9, 1988. Measuring more than 360 feet long and displacing more than 6,900 tons, Oklahoma City has a crew of approximately 140 Sailors. Oklahoma City is capable of supporting various missions, including anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface ship warfare (ASuW), strike warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).
Oklahoma City is assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron (CSS) 15, which is located at Polaris Point, Naval Base Guam and consists of four Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. The CSS-15 staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support to these commands.
Also based out of Naval Base Guam are submarine tenders USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) and USS Frank Cable (AS 40). The submarines and tenders are maintained as part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed submarine force and are claimed to be capable of meeting global operational requirements.