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The new leader of the Navy’s Pacific submarine force pledged to keep the command “forward-leaning for combat operations” in an age of fast-moving technological change.
“The pace of that technological innovation continues to grow,” Rear Adm. Blake Converse, the new commander of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, said at his Thursday change-of-command ceremony aboard USS Mississippi (SSN-782) docked at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
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To meet that challenge, he said he intends to place new emphasis on expeditionary logistics and expeditionary maintenance as being essential for the future success of the submarine force in the Pacific. That includes “effectively training our crews” in how to meet that need for expeditionary expertise and continuing to adapt to advances in technology.
“We have work to do” because no one knows exactly “what that fight is going to look like in next 10 years,” Converse said.
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Converse’s command encompasses 60 percent of the nation’s submarine force and has elements operating from the Eastern Pacific to the Indian Ocean. Thirteen thousand sailors and civilians are assigned to the command.
As the featured speaker at the ceremony, Adm. John Aquilino, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, noted the position of the submarine force leader is the “the hardest job in the Navy,” not only because of the distances he is responsible for but because of the number of bosses he has.
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Those include U.S. Strategic Command, the Navy’s submarine force commander, the chief of naval operations, “and lastly, he works for me,” Aquilino said.
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