Submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) passes the U.S. Navy's only other submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), in Apra Harbor following Frank Cable's return to home port this morning after completing a five-month deployment, Nov, 8, 2016. Frank Cable departed Guam June 6 and was a persistent presence throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region during its deployment, providing vital flexibility to the fleet commanders and extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th Fleets. Forward deployed to Guam, Frank Cable's combined Navy and Military Sealift Command's crew's mission is to provide critical warfighting repairs, rearmament and reprovisioning to deployed naval forces of the United States. (Photo by U.S. Navy photo by Lieutenant Lauren Spaziano)
APRA HARBOR, Guam (NNS) -- Sailors and civilian mariners of submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) completed a five-month deployment, returning to their homeport at Naval Base Guam, Nov. 8.
Frank Cable, which departed Guam June 6, concluded a successful five-month deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and U.S. Central Command area of operations. The crew and ship provided vital flexibility to the fleet commanders, extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th Fleets.
"With great pride I watched the combined Navy and Military Sealift Command crew of the USS Frank Cable rise to every challenge as they demonstrated the flexibility and capability of a submarine tender," said Capt. Drew St. John, Frank Cable's commanding officer. "Through their dedication and hard work, this ship successfully supported the ships and submarines of both the 5th and 7th Fleets, reinforcing more than ever the relevancy of the submarine tender into today's security environment. Their actions ensured our naval combatants were ready to 'fight tonight.'"
Frank Cable was a persistent presence throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, where the crew performed more than 10 community relations events designed to deepen the crew's understanding of other cultures and built friendships with people living in host nations.
Repair Department provided support to submarine and surface ships, providing vital flexibility to the fleet commanders and extending the range and impact of U.S. naval forces in the U.S. Navy's 5th and 7th Fleets.
"As a forward-deployed submarine tender, we bring a tremendous capability to the fleet commander," said St. John. "We pride ourselves in our mission, providing critical repairs to forward-deployed naval forces. Those we supported are better prepared for mission success."
A first for the ship and crew was pulling into Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, the first U.S. ship to dock since the Vietnam Conflict in 1973.
"I was excited to go back!" said Petty Officer 3rd Class Nhat Q. Vu, a native of Dong Nai, Vietnam. "To go back to my home and share my culture with my shipmates, my friends, was amazing. I was excited to share what I do in the Navy every day, and the positive impact we can have wherever we go."