Departs Guam, Emory S. Land Takes the Watch
Communication Specialist 3rd Class Claire Farin
USS Emory S. Land
Posted: January 17, 2012
POLARIS POINT, Guam
The submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) took the watch as
submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departed her homeport in
Guam Jan. 9 for a regular overhaul and dry-docking (ROH) in
After Frank Cable’s port visits in 2011 to various countries like
Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Republic of the Philippines and a decade
of tending submarines and surface vessels assigned to the 7th fleet
area of operations, the submarine tender is now up and ready to
undergo some major preservation and maintenance.
Frank Cable will make her first stop in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
“We’re stopping there on our way to our regularly scheduled
overhaul, and the ship will be going into dry dock to do our routine
maintenance that can’t be accomplished in Guam,” said Capt. Pete
Hildreth, Frank Cable’s commanding officer.
“The regular overhaul involves preventive and corrective
maintenance to the hull and propulsion plant and throughout the
ship. This ensures that the ship can continue on her assigned
mission on Guam for eight years,” Hildreth added.
With Frank Cable leaving her berth, her sister ship, the submarine
tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), arrived in Guam from its permanent
forward deployed home port of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean
Territory last November, taking over temporarily to continue the
“Our mission in Guam is to maintain the three home ported Los
Angeles-class attack submarines, USS Buffalo (SSN 715), USS Houston
(SSN 713), USS Oklahoma City (SSN 723), as well as those deployed to
the 7th Fleet area of responsibility,” said Capt. Paul Savage, the
commanding officer of USS Emory S. Land. “We'll strive to continue
the outstanding submarine repair reputation set by USS Frank Cable
while she undergoes maintenance in the continental U.S."
Most of the crew from Frank Cable’s Repair Department are temporary
assigned duty to Emory S. Land.
“We needed to keep a large portion of USS Frank Cable's highly
skilled Sailors here on Guam with us. This transition went very
smooth largely due to over six months of very detailed planning, and
there was no interruption of submarine repair service," said Savage.
"I am extremely proud of our combined crew's hard work and
accomplish, what I believe is the first-time crew merger of this
type,” said Savage.
“With this integration, we've retained the best-of-the-best
maintenance talent here on
Guam and continue to provide superb support to our Submarine Force."
Following the dry-docking and maintenance, sea trials will be
conducted while Frank Cable makes her transit back to Guam.
Frank Cable is being temporarily relieved by USS Emory S. Land (AS
39) as the primary afloat maintenance activity in the U.S. 7th Fleet
area of operations.