Task Force 74
Definition/Scope: (Navy.mil) Submarine Group 7 was activated as Commander Task Force 157 (CTF 157) on 15 October 1992 to direct all submarine operations and mission tasking in the Central Command AOR, including the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. On 1 July 1995, upon establishment of the U.S. FIFTH Fleet, CTF 157 was redesignated as CTF 74. Submarine Group 7 is comprised of submarines deployed to the Western Pacific and a permanently forward deployed submarine tender. Commands and units under operational control of Submarine Group 7 include Submarine Squadron 15 in Guam, which was reactivated in February 2001 and the Guam based tender, USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40). Commander Submarine Force SEVENTH Fleet coordinates and controls submarine activities over a vast expanse covering nearly forty-eight percent of the earth?s surface, ranging from the Western Pacific to the Indian Ocean. CTF 74 directs all submarine operations and mission tasking requirements in the SEVENTH Fleet area of responsibility (AOR). As the SEVENTH Fleet submarine movement advisory authority, CTF 74 de-conflicts submarine movements of allied and friendly submarines in the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. CTF 74 is also responsible for staff briefing, and repairs for those submarines operating in SEVENTH Fleet. Submarine Squadron 15 is assigned to COMSUBGRU 7 and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas/ PACOM Defense Representative to Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of Palau. Group 7 is comprised of submarines deployed to the Western Pacific and a permanent, forward-deployed fleet, including the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40), USS Emory S. Land (AS 38) and 3 fast-attack nuclear submarines: USS Buffalo (SSN 715), USS Houston (SSN 713), and USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723).
Broader Terms:7th fleet
Related Terms:Forward Deployed Naval Force