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Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  

Specific information on this policy change will be provided in the coming days and weeks.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support.


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 6/23/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED -  Vaccinations still required


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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* Command Hierarchy for Submarine Forces

Written by Kaye S. Kaye S.


(As of Sept 28, 2011)

 Please understand this information can change without notice.  The Naval Department can reorganize these command chains without notice, and submarines will move in and out of dry dock, and experience change of commands.  Always verify the information given here before using it for official purposes, by calling a command’s Public Affairs office.



Commander, Submarine Forces:  Vice Admiral Joseph E. Tofalo

Public Affairs Office:  7958 Blandy Road, Norfolk, VA   23551-2492, (757) 836-1650


VADM Tofalo also serves as Commander, Submarine Forces Atlantic


Submarine Squadron Four (COMSUBRON 4) – Groton, CT

Commander - Capt. John McGunnigle

Submarine Squadron 4, FPO AE 09501-5205 / Phone: 860-694-3229

USS California (SSN 781)

USS Colorado (SSN 788)

USS Hartford (SSN 768)

USS Illinois (SSN 786)

USS Miami (SSN 755)

USS Missouri (SSN 780)

USS New Hampshire (SSN 778)

USS New Mexico (SSN 779)

USS Norfolk (SSN 714)

USS North Dakota (SSN 784)

USS Springfield (SSN 761)

USS Virginia (SSN 774)



Submarine Squadron Six (COMSUBRON 6) – Norfolk, VA      

Commander - Capt. Eugene P. Sievers

USS Albany (SSN 753)

USS Boise (SSN 764)

USS Montpelier (SSN 765)

USS Newport News (SSN 750)

USS Norfolk (SSN 714)

USS Scranton (SSN 756)


Submarine Squadron 8 (COMSUBRON 17) – Norfolk, VA

Commander – Capt. Frank Cattani

USS Helena (SSN 725)

PCU Minnesota (SSN 783)

PCU Mississippi (SSN 782)

USS Philadelphia (SSN 690)

USS San Juan (SSN 751)


PCU = Pre-Commissioning Unit; a sub still under construction, not commissioned yet

Submarine Squadron 12

Commander - Capt. William Merz

USS Alexandria (SSN 757)

USS Annapolis (SSN 760)

USS Dallas (SSN 700)

USS Pittsburgh (SSN 720)

USS Providence (SSN 719)

USS Toledo (SSN 769)


Submarine Group Ten (COMSUBGRU 10) – Kings Bay, GA

Commander - Rear Adm. Joseph E. Tofalo

Public Affairs Office:  1050 USS Georgia Avenue, Kings Bay, GA 31547, (912) 573-2296

Commander, Submarine Group TEN (COMSUBGRU 10) is the senior commander at the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA complex and was commissioned on 1 January 1989. COMSUBGRU 10 supports Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet by carrying out all assigned tasks, and endeavoring to improve SSBN tactics and techniques. 


Submarine Squadron Sixteen

Captain Stephen M. Gillespie

USS Florida (SSGN 728)

USS Georgia (SSGN 729)

USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)

USS West Virginia (SSBN 736)


Submarine Squadron Twenty

Captain Eric C. Holloway

USS Alaska (SSBN 732)

USS Maryland (SSBN 738)

USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740)

USS Wyoming (SSBN 742)






Commander, Submarine Forces, Pacific Fleet:  Rear Admiral James F. Caldwell, Jr. (Biography)

Public Affairs Office:  COMSUBPAC - 1430 Morton St. Bldg. 619 - JBPHH, HI 96860-4664


Submarine Squadron 1 (COMSUBRON One) – Pearl Harbor, HI 

Commodore - CAPT Stanley M. Robertson III
USS Bremerton (SSN 698)
USS La Jolla (SSN 701)
USS Charlotte (SSN 766)
USS Greeneville (SSN 772)
USS Texas (SSN 775)
USS Hawaii (SSN 776)


Submarine Squadron 3 (COMSUBRON 3) – Pearl Harbor, HI

Commodore - CAPT James Childs
USS Jacksonville (SSN 699)
USS Olympia (SSN 717)
USS Chicago (SSN 721)
USS Key West (SSN 722)
USS Louisville (SSN 724)

USS North Carolina (SSN 777)

Submarine Squadron 7
  (COMSUBRON 7) – Pearl Harbor, HI

Commodore - CAPT James Pitts
USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705)
USS Pasadena (SSN 752)
USS Columbus (SSN 762)
USS Santa Fe (SSN 763)
USS Tucson (SSN 770)
USS Columbia (SSN 771)
USS Cheyenne (SSN 773)


Submarine Squadron Eleven (COMSUBRON 11) – San Diego, CA

No commander listed; Commodores Office phone: (619) 553-8726     

USS Albuquerque (SSN 706)

USS San Francisco (SSN 711)

USS Topeka (SSN 754)

USS Jefferson City (SSN 759)

USS Hampton (SSN 767)

USS Asheville (SSN 758)

Arco (ARDM 5)



Submarine Group Seven (COMSUBGRU 7)

Commander - Rear Adm. Phillip G. Sawyer

Public Affairs Office: SC 473 Box 50, FPO AP 96349-0053,

Submarine Group 7 is comprised of submarines deployed to the Western Pacific and a permanently forward deployed submarine tender.  Commands and units under operational control of Submarine Group 7 include Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam, which was reactivated in February 2001 and the Guam based tender, USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40).  


Submarine Squadron 15 (COMSUBRON 15) - Guam
USS Houston (SSN 713)

USS Buffalo (SSN 715)
USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723)

USS Frank Cable (AS 40) submarine tender



Submarine Group Nine (COMSUBGRU 9)

Commander – Rear Admiral Robert M. Hennegan
Public Affairs Office: 2150 Thresher Avenue, Silverdale, WA 98315-2150, (360) 396-6530

Commander, Submarine Group 9 provides oversight for shipboard training, personnel, supply and material readiness of TRIDENT submarines and their crews. The Group Commander is also responsible for nuclear submarines undergoing conversion or overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, and coordinates all submarine matters in the Pacific Northwest.

Submarine Squadron 17
(COMSUBRON 17) – Bangor, WA

Commodore:  Captain David S. Ratte

7450 Delta Refit Pier Suite 301, Silverdale, WA 98315-7450

USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730)
USS Alabama (SSBN 731)
USS Kentucky (SSBN 737)
USS Nebraska (SSBN 739)
USS Maine (SSBN 741)
USS Louisiana (SSBN 743)

Submarine Squadron 19 (COMSUBRON 19) – Bangor, WA

Commodore – Captain John W. Tammen

USS Ohio (SSGN 726)
USS Michigan (SSGN 727)
USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735)
USS Nevada (SSBN 733)

Submarine Development Squadron 5 (COMSUBDEVRON 5) – San Diego, CA

Commodore:  Captain Brian T. Howes
USS Seawolf (SSN 21)
USS Connecticut (SSN 22)
USS Jimmy Carter (SSN 23)
Deep Submergence Unit

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