Submarine Group TWO
Commander, Navy Region Northeast
Headed by a flag officer, Commander Submarine Group TWO exercises command of North Atlantic attack submarine forces administratively assigned and operational control of Atlantic submarine units and other forces when assigned. Commander Submarine Group TWO exercised command of Commander, Submarine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet forces administratively assigned and operation control of units of other forces when assigned.
The primary purpose of Group TWO was to provide support, maintain personnel and material readiness, standards and work for increased economy and efficiency. COMSUBGRU TWO had responsibility for oversight of all Atlantic Fleet attack submarine squadrons, which included Submarine Squadrons TWO, FOUR, and Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE in Groton; and Submarine Squadrons SIX and EIGHT in Norfolk. COMSUBGRU TWO also exercised responsibility for the training and certification of new construction and overhaul ships and crews at Electric Boat and Portsmouth Naval Shipyards. COMSUBGRU TWO proveds COMSEC material support, security oversight, and C4I coordination for subordinate commands.
Submarine Squadron Support Unit's mission is to centralize administrative control and support functions, economize resources and provide a common pool of experts by providing complete functional support to the Squadron Commander of Submarine Squadrons TWO and FOUR, and Submarine Development Squadron TWELVE in the areas of Administration, Medical, Legal, Chaplain, Supply, Combat Systems, Engineering, Communications and Operations.
Additionally, the Pacific Fleet Los Angeles class submarine USS La Jolla (SSN 701) is undergoing overhaul at the Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, NH, and temporarily assigned assigned to Submarine Group TWO.
Submarine Group TWO holds traditional Group Commander responsibilities to train, equip and provide submarine forces to the Commander in Chief, U.S Atlantic Fleet. Submarine Group TWO provides attack submarines to four of the five Unified Commanders in Chief (CINCs) (Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), European Command (EUCOM), Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), and Central Command (CENTCOM)), and to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Special Operations Command (CINCSOC).
Additionally, as Commander, Navy Region Northeast, under Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Commander Submarine Group TWO oversees and acts as advocate for the Navy infrastructure from New Jersey to Maine that supports our operational forces. Specifically, this includes:
- Naval Weapons Station Earle, which provides ammunition and supply support to the surface fleet,
- Naval Submarine Base New London, which provides the homeport for maintenance and training for 18 attack submarines,
- Naval Station Newport, which is the home for a great deal of our Navy training and supports the Naval Undersea Warfare Center which is key to submarine research and development commands,
- Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which provides Base Operational Support functions for the overhaul, repair, modernization and refueling of submarines, and
- Naval Air Station Brunswick, which supports five Squadrons of Anti-Submarine Warfare Patrol Aircraft.
The top command at Naval Submarine Base New London was disestablished 22 August 2014 during an outdoor ceremony aboard Virginia-class attack submarine USS Missouri (SSN 780) stationed in Groton, Connecticut. Submarine Group 2 has been disbanded after 49 years in a move that streamlines the command-and-control structure for Atlantic-based attack submarines and aligns it with a more efficient organizational arrangement on the West Coast. Three submarine squadron commanders, who oversee attack submarines stationed in Connecticut and Virginia, now immediately report to Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia.
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