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U.S.S. HOLLAND

(AS-32)

POLARIS PRO PACE

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The USS Holland (AS-32) keel was laid on 5 MAR 1962 at Ingalls Shipbuilding Company in Pascagoula, Mississippi. Designed as the first submarine Tender to support Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines, Holland was commissioned on 7 SEP 1963, just one year, four months and four days after being laid down. Holland's first commanding officer was Captain Charles W. Styer, Jr.

After fit out and shake down, Holland sailed to Guantanamo Bay for training then took up station in her home port of Charleston, SC in November 1963. USS Holland spent April to November 1964 in Rota, Spain tending the "Boomers", then returned to Charleston.

USS Holland spent the next 12 years home ported in Charleston with brief voyages along the East Coast and an occasional deployment to Rota to relive a Sub Tender needing maintenance or dry docking.

In 1975 USS Holland moved her home port to Holy Loch, Scotland. She remained there until January 1982 supporting the Cold War "Boomers" operating in the North Atlantic.

After overhaul in Charleston SC, USS Holland sailed for Diego Garcia via the Suez Canal. Spending June to September 1983 supporting the US Fleet in the Indian Ocean, Holland returned to Charleston via the Panama Canal completing an around the world voyage.

After spending 1984 to 1992 home ported in Charleston SC, USS Holland steamed for Apra, Guam, her new home port, arriving 12 Jun 1992. Holland then passed nearly four years supporting the "Boomers", and any other fleet unit as needed, from her Guamanian station.

USS Holland was decommissioned in Apra, Gaum on 13 APR 1996. She was subsequently laid up at the Naval Inactive ship Facility in Suisun Bay, California.

The USS Holland (AS-32) operational history and significant events of her service career follow:

AS-32 Deployments - Major Events

Add a AS-32 Shellback Initiation Add a AS-32 Deployment - Major Event
Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR1962-Keel Date: 5 MAR 1962
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
JAN1963-Launch Date: 19 JAN 1963
AUG1963-NOV1966Rota Spain 1963-1966
SEP1963-Commissioned: 7 SEP 1963
APR1966-AUG1968Dry Dock
NOV1966-NOV19691963-1966 Rota Spain
JAN1967-JAN1969Guantanamo Bay
JAN1967-JAN1969North Atlantic
JAN1968-DEC1968Guantanamo Bay
JAN1968-JAN1969Sea Trials
FEB1968-JUN1970Guantanamo Bay
JAN1969-JAN1971uss holland as32 charleston to amsterdam
OCT1969-Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1969 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT1969-DEC1972Homeported Rota Spain
JAN1972-JAN1973Mediterranean
MAR1972-Shellback Initiation - 5 MAR 1972 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC1972-JAN1973Return to Charleston from Rota
JAN1973-JUL1974SubRon 18 - Charleston
JAN1974-SEP1974Guantanamo Bay
JUL1974-JUL1974Panama Canal
AUG1974-MAY1975Dry Dock
AUG1975-AUG1975Panama Canal
NOV1975-FEB1982Homeported - Holy Loch Scotland
MAY1977-MAY1977Visited Liverpool England (when Liverpool won Europe Cup)
APR1983-OCT1983Circumnavigation
MAY1983-Shellback Initiation - 30 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY1983- Shellback Initiation - 30 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
MAY1983-Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1983 - Indian Ocean
OCT1983-OCT1983Panama Canal
OCT1983-OCT1983Panama Canal
MAY1992-SEP1996home ported too Guam
MAY1992- Shellback Initiation - 8 MAY 1992 - Indian Ocean
JUL1993-Shellback Initiation - 28 JUL 1993 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1994-DEC1994Battle E
APR1994-Shellback Initiation - 15 APR 1994 - Pacific Ocean
JUL1994- Shellback Initiation - 7 JUL 1994 - Pacific Ocean
JAN1995-DEC1995Battle E Ribbon
SEP1996-Decommissioned: 30 SEP 1996

AS-32 General Specifications

Class: Hunley-class submarine tender

Named for: John Philip Holland

Complement: 1190 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 19000 tons

Length: 599 feet

Beam: 83 feet

Flank Speed: 18 knots



USS HOLLAND (AS-32)



The third Holland was launched by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp. Pascagoula Miss. 19 January 1963; sponsored by Mrs. John a. Stennis wife of U.S. Senator from the State of Mississippi delivered to the Charleston Naval Shipyard Charleston S.C.; and commissioned 7 September 1963 Captain Charles W. Styer Jr. in command.


Holland departed Charleston on 14 October for shakedown training at Guantanamo Bay Cuba returning to Charleston on 19 November. She commenced post-shakedown availability on 25 November.


While Holland is neither a submersible nor a combatant ship she will be a vital link in support of our Nation's first line of deterrance- the Navy's Polaris Weapons System. She is capable of making any submarine repair other than major overhaul including servicing and maintaining the nuclear power plants of Polaris-firing submarines.


The opening of 1964 found Holland at Charleston S.C. making preparations for deployment to the Polaris replenishment anchorage at Rota Spain. She arrived Rota 1 April and relieved Proteus (AS-19) as the FBM submarine tender shortly thereafter. Holland continued her vital service to the Polaris submarines until relieved 4 November 1966. Holland arrived Charleston 22 November. There she tended submarines of the Atlantic Fleet into 1967.

[Note: The above USS HOLLAND (AS-32) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS HOLLAND (AS-32) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]