As U.S. military shifts focus to Asia, less submarines will be stationed and replenished on the East Coast.

Nuclear-powered submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) arrives for a…

Nuclear-powered submarine USS San Juan (SSN 751) arrives for a port visit and prepares to be berthed outboard of submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) (3) San Juan is homeported in Groton, CT and Emory S. Land is homeported in La Maddalena, Italy. (4) U.S. Navy photo by Paul Farley

By 2020, the Naval Submarine Base (Groton, CT) is expected to have two squadrons with six attack submarines per squadron, instead of the 16 submarines it has today.

The naval station in Norfolk, Va., will have fewer submarines in the future, too, while the base in Kings Bay, Ga., will not be affected by the rebalancing since ballistic-missile submarines need to remain there as a strategic deterrent, Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said.

Greenert was in town for a classified conference on undersea warfare technology.

“We’re pretty well set up to execute this strategy, and now we have to evolve and make that rebalance that is called for,” Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said in an interview at the base.

There will not be any great departure of submarines and crews. Rather, submarines that retire in the East will not always be replaced with new boats, while submarines in the West will be, Greenert said. The number of submarines in the fleet will decline overall as the aging Los Angeles-class attack subs retire more quickly than the Virginia-class submarines are built.

Read the rest of the report at The Day.

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