SSGN for Guam
The naval base at Guam is getting a big boost in the next few years, thanks to Donald Rumsfeld’s ongoing transformation of the military. Stars & Stripes says in addition to the attack subs already based there, an Ohio class cruise missile submarine is on the way:
Rear Adm. David Gove, who heads Submarine Group 7 and commander task forces 74 and 54 out of Yokosuka, also lauded the “incredible individuals” who’ve propped up Guam’s burgeoning naval hub and said it might receive a guided-missile submarine in future to boost the two nuclear-powered attack vessels now assigned there.
With the ability to load 154 Tomamahawk missiles, as well as Navy SEALs, these SSGN’s are the new battleships, likened to the Iowa’s in the 1980’s, also a very sucessful conversion.