In the late 1960's, action was taken to fill the recognized need for training of Pacific Fleet submarine
personnel in San Diego. By November 1968, the submarine training command in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, proposed the implementation of "Get Wet" Submarine
Damage Control Training in the San Diego area in support of personnel attached to the 25 San Diego based Pacific Fleet Submarine Force units. A
detachment in San Diego was established and the Officer in Charge and two other staff members arrived in July 1969. By October 1969, the trainer was
completed and training commenced. As time passed, training in San Diego increased with the addition of the Mk 101 and Mk 113 Fire Control Systems
and an Mk 2 Periscope system. By December 1974, the San Diego Submarine Training Center Pacific, Detachment San Diego was established through billet
allocation, training equipment procurement and MILCON projects. Soon the Advanced Submarine Attack Trainer and the Multi-Class Ship Control Trainer
were procured and installed. In December 1978, the training facility moved from temporary classrooms located throughout the base to a 35,000 square
foot subsection of the building that it now occupies. On October 1, 1979 NAVSUBTRACENPACDET San Diego was changed to an echelon four command, Submarine
Training Facility, San Diego, California under a Commanding Officer, reporting directly to the Chief of Naval Technical Training. In 1983, a 28,000
square foot addition to the facility was completed providing new classrooms, two CCS Mk 1 Attack Centers, the Submarine Piloting and Navigation Trainer,
and the AN/WLR-1H Electronics Surveillance Measures Trainer.
In 1991, two extremely realistic, ultra modern Fire Fighting and Damage Control trainers were added, comprising
another 25,000 square feet.
On October 1, 1996, the command once again became a detachment of the Naval Submarine Training Center Pacific in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The detachment was the recipient of Chief of Naval Education and Training's 2001 Training Excellence Award.