The U.S. Navy submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit, Jan. 2.
Frank Cable is currently en route to its homeport at Naval Base Guam, following more than eight months in a scheduled dry-dock phase maintenance availability (DPMA) in Portland, Ore.
Frank Cable departed from Guam, March 7 for DPMA where it went through a main reduction gear foundation repair and shafting, a collection holding tank replacement and received more than 600,000 pounds of renewed steel to enhance survivability and watertight resistance.
“The crew is excited to visit Hawaii after a successful dry-dock phase maintenance availability in Portland, Ore.,” said Capt. Jeff Farah, commanding officer of Frank Cable. “They have worked incredibly hard over the past nine months and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”
While this is a working port, Farah said, “We are all looking forward to enjoying all that Hawaii has to offer before continuing home to our families and friends in Guam.”
Under the two-tender concept, the crews of USS Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) work together to repair, re-supply and re-arm submarines and surface vessels forward deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
USS Frank Cable (AS-40)
USS Frank Cable (AS-40) is the second Emory S. Land-class submarine tender built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington for the United States Navy.
USS Frank Cable was designed as a submarine tender for Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN).
The ship was christened on 14 January 1978 by Mrs. Rose A. Michaelis, wife of Admiral Frederick 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 USS Holland (SS-1).