United States (US) Navy Pacific Fleet Submarine Force said in a statement, May 8, that currently every forward-deployed submarine is conducting contingency response operations at sea in the Western Pacific, in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region amidst the pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“The Pacific Fleet submarine force remains lethal, agile and ready to fight tonight,” said US Pacific Fleet Submarine Force commander Rear Admiral Blake Converse.
“Our submarine force has proven time and again they are ready to operate anytime, anywhere,” Rear Admiral Converse said.
According to US Navy Pacific Fleet Submarine Force, the US Navy’s submarine force has unique access to a critical undersea domain.
It added that the ability to rapidly deploy is a key component to the Pacific Fleet’s ability to respond to crisis and conflict throughout the Indo-Pacific region. The submarine force noted that while underway, the submarines are conducting combat readiness training and employing undersea warfare capabilities in support of a wide-range of missions.
“Our operations are a demonstration of our willingness to defend our interests and freedoms under international law,” Converse said.
US Navy Pacific Fleet Submarine Force said it provides anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare, precision land strike, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and early warning, special warfare capabilities, and strategic deterrence around the world.