Attack Submarines in Carrier Battlegroup Operations

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Below is a list of six-month Carrier Battlegroup (CVBG) Deployments completed by SSNs during 1998. This list includes only those submarines which were nomially assigned to Battlegroups for their entire deployments. Many other SSNs operated with Carrier Battlegroups for shorter periods of time – offering yet another example of the high degree of flexibility SSNs provide.

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) Battlegroup
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul (SSN-708)
USS Providence (SSN-719)

USS George Washington (CVN-73) Battlegroup
USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
USS Toledo (SSN-769)

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) Battlegroup
USS Newport News (SSN-750)
USS Atlanta (SSN-712)

PACFLT - Based

USS Independence (CV-62) Battlegroup
USS Charlotte (SSN-766)
USS Tucson (SSN-770)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72) Battlegroup
USS Columbia (SSN-771)
USS Jefferson City (SSN-759)

USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) Battlegroup
USS Columbus (SSN-762)
USS Pasadena (SSN-752)


Nominal CVBG composition includes two attack submarines. Specially fitted to support their parent CVBG’s employment requirements, these SSNs conduct pre-deployment training and deploy with the CVBG. Additionally, submarines deployed independently of CVBGs routinely support or become integrated with CVBG operations. For example, at least one SSN accompanies carriers operating in the Central Command (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Submarines deploying with CVBGs also carry out tasking independently – including Undersea and Anti-Surface Warfare for protection and support of the Joint Task Force; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR); Strike Warfare; Naval Special Warfare; and Mine Reconnaissance missions. The primary difference is that the deployed CVBG Commander, instead of shore-based Submarine Headquarters, defines mission objectives and directs operational employment of assigned submarines.