Who is in charge of the U.S. submarine force?
The newly established N97 staff in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations is the Navy’s “undersea warfare” sponsor; the office is headed by a rear admiral. The Commander, U.S. Submarine Forces/Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic in Norfolk is the submarine “operational” commander; he is a vice admiral. The Commander, Submarine Force Pacific in Pearl Harbor—who has operational control of more submarines than are in the Atlantic—is a rear admiral. Of course, senior to all of these is “NR”—for nuclear reactors—the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Programs at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C.; he is a full admiral.