USS Frank Cable (AS-40)
USS Frank Cable (AS-40) at anchor in Hong
Kong's Victoria Harbor in May 2011
with USS Hampton (SSN-767) alongside.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeremy Starr/Released)
USS Frank Cable (AS-40) is the second Emory S. Land (AS-39)-class submarine tender built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington for the United States Navy.
The ship was christened on 14 January 1978 by Mrs. Rose A. Michaelis, wife of Admiral F. H. Michaelis, then Chief of Naval Material. The ship is named for Frank Cable, an electrical engineer who had worked as an electrician and trial captain for the USS Holland (SS-1).
USS Frank Cable was designed as a submarine tender for Los Angeles-class submarines. The ship spent 1980 until 1996 as the repair ship for SUBRON 4 and 18 in Charleston, South Carolina, tending Sturgeon and Benjamin Franklin-class submarines. Frank Cable began decommissioning in 1996, but then was reactivated and refitted to replace the USS Holland (AS-32) in the Western Pacific as Commander Seventh Fleet's mobile repair and support platform.
Since arriving in Guam, USS Frank Cable has visited many Western Pacific ports in support of U.S. forces. In 1997, the ship was heavily involved with the rescue and recovery efforts following the Korean Air Flight 801 crash on Guam, and also in the recovery and clean-up efforts following Typhoon Paka. From 1980 to 2010, USS Frank Cable garnered many awards as a unit of both the U.S. Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, including nine Meritorious Unit Commendations, Twelve Battle Efficiency "E" awards and four Golden Anchor Awards. Frank Cableís most recent recognition was a Humanitarian Service Medal for support provided in recovery efforts on Guam following Super Typhoon Pongsona in 2002.
Who was Frank Cable?
Frank Taylor Cable (1863-1945) was an early pioneer in submarine development for the U.S. Navy. He was the civilian commander of the developmental submarine USS Holland (SS-1)before it was accepted for U.S. Navy service and commissioned in 1900. As an associate of the inventor John Holland, Frank Cable specialized in the design and production of propulsion machinery, including diesel engines and electric motors. He was one of the founders of the Electric Boat Company. General Dynamics- Electric Boat continues in existence today, constructing our nation's most modern nuclear powered submarines of the Seawolf and Virginia classes.
Commander Tim Sparks, XO of the USS Frank Cable (AS40), arranged for the members of USSVI Blueback Base, and their families to tour the ship and share the noon meal with the crew on 24 June 2012.
The members of the Blueback Base wish to thank Captain Nelson Hildreth, Commander Sparks and the entire crew of the Frank Cable for their gracious invitation to share their ship (and home) with us and their hospitality while we were aboard!
PORTLAND, Ore. (NNS) -- Blueback Base Submarine veteranís toured submarine tender
USS Frank Cable (AS 40), June 24, after the ship completed a $30 million overhaul in Portland, Ore.
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Tuesday 17 July 2012.
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