The U.S. Navy Los Angeles-class fast-attack submersible USS Topeka (SSN 754) came back to its homeport in Guam following a deployment.
Topeka is one among four forward-deployed submarines allocated to Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen out of Apra Harbor, Guam.
Topeka was approved on October 21, 1989, and is the third ship of the U.S. Navy called for the town of Topeka, Kansas. It is the fourth “improved” Los Angeles-class submarine. Measuring over 360 feet long and weighing over 6,900 tons, Topeka has a crew of roughly 140 Sailors. Topeka has the ability to support numerous missions, including anti-submarine combat, anti-surface ship battle, strike warfare, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Topeka is a member of Commander, Submarine Squadron 15, which is located at Polaris Point in Apra Harbor, Guam. COMSUBRON 15 workers are responsible for providing training, material, and personnel readiness support of four Los Angeles-class attack submarines ported in Guam.
The submarine tenders USS Frank Cable (AS 40) and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) are part of the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed naval force. Also, they are able to meet global operational requirements.