The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Sepangar,
Malaysia, for a port visit Jan. 28.
"Our crew has worked very hard on this deployment, so they are
excited to have the opportunity to visit Malaysia," said Cmdr. Bruce
Deshotel, USS Frank Cable executive officer.
While in port, Cable will host sailors of the Royal Malaysian navy
as well as citizens of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Cable Sailors will
also participate in community service projects that include building
and repairing a house as part of the Habitat for Humanity project.
Basketball and soccer tournaments between Cable Sailors, civilian
mariners and local Malaysian teams will also take place.
"These opportunities will allow the sailors from both countries to
share their experiences, build ties and develop professional
relationships that only sailors who serve on the oceans of our world
can understand," said USS Frank Cable Command Master Chief, Peter
This is Cable's first port visit since completing a year long repair
period and Military Sealift Command (MSC) integration at Guam
"We had major systems torn apart, major components removed and many
spaces gutted," said Deshotel. "To see that all come together is
very satisfying for all of us. Now the crew can see the fruits of
those labors in actually operating the ship away from home port.
Sailing across a major body of water with zero problems is a true
testament to their hard work and efforts."
Cable conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface
vessels deployed in the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.