Submarine Squadron ELEVEN
Submarine Squadron ELEVEN consists of six nuclear-powered attack submarines, a floating drydock and a detachment of torpedo retriever support craft. In addition to the operational ships, the squadron staff is responsible for providing training, material and personnel readiness support. Submarine Squadron ELEVEN was commissioned on July 1986 on board USS MCKEE (AS 41) at Naval Submarine Base, San Diego, California. Captain W. L. Hicks was the first Squadron Commander. Submarines are currently homeported at the Point Loma Submarine Base in San Diego, CA.
In April 2000 two Naval Reserve Units merged into one new unit: Submarine Squadron Eleven Maintenance Detachment A. The two legacy units were associated with two of the Navy's submarine tenders, the USS Frank Cable (AS-40) and the USS McKee (AS-41). The USS Frank Cable previously had over twenty reserve detachments and the McKee had five. Over the previous year, the number of USS Frank Cable detachments was reduced to three and the USS McKee was placed on the inactive list. These realignments affected the entire submarine reserve force and has led to the unit changes we've seen here at Submarine Base (Subase).
In addition to these submarine tender changes, the Navy decided, along with the other armed services, that the accomplishment of Peacetime Contributory Support (PCS) is very desirable and is of great value. Thus the decision was made to maintain a large reserve presence in San Diego, Pearl Harbor and Bangor. The idea was to place the reserve manpower alongside the submarines to most efficiently use the reserve personnel and maximize PCS.
The new unit is accordingly assigned to the local submarine squadron and is tasked to perform maintenance in direct support of the assigned submarines. The new primary mission is to provide maintenance support to the submarines assigned to Commander, Submarine Squadron Eleven. It also provide support to other critical assets onboard the Subase such as the ARCO (ARDM-5), torpedo tenders, and base facilities. In the past the work the Reserve performed was a combination of shop work onboard the tender and other PCS for various ship's force requirements. The primary difference now is that the tender has been inactivated and the tender shop work has been transferred to the SIMA Submarine Maintenance Detachment (SSMD). Another change is that the Squadron and the fleet has renewed their interest in receiving direct support to the submarines. This is largely driven by Quality of Life initiatives established by the Chief of Naval Operations. In this area both the fleet and the reserves are getting to know each other and we are exploring the various types of support we could and should perform. Examples of this include: Corrective and Preventive Maintenance, select watchstanding such as topside watches, sprucing spaces onboard the submarine, and other specific maintenance activities.
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