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U.S.S. CANOPUS

(AS-34)

Ready to Serve

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The USS CANOPUS (AS-34), a Simon Lake-class submarine tender, was commissioned on 4 NOV 1965. USS CANOPUS served her country for 28 years, 11 months and 3 days, until decommissioned on 7 OCT 1994. After commissioning CANPOUS call Charleston, SC home and supported the US Submarines there for nine month before deploying to Rota, Spain. After spending nearly three years in Rota, CANOPUS steamed for Bremerton WA and overhaul, in April 1969. Her post overhaul assignment was Holy Loch, Scotland, where she tended the Cold War "Boomers" from May 70 to November 1975. The cycle repeated with CANOPUS undergoing overhaul in Charleston and then returning to Rota, Spain as the station tender from December 1976 to June 1976. She returned to Charleston and subsequently moved south to Kings Bay, GA to finish her career of "READY TO SERVE" the submarine fleet. CANOPUS decommissioned in October 1994. She was scrapped by ABLE UK, Hartlepool, England, in 2003.

The USS CANOPUS (AS-34) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AS-34 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1964 Keel Date: 2 MAR 1964
at Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula MS
FEB 1965 Launch Date: 12 FEB 1965
NOV 1965 Commissioned: 4 NOV 1965
AUG 1966 - APR 1969 Deployed Rota, Spain
MAY 1969 - JAN 1970 Regular Overhaul
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 29 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 1970 - Shellback Initiation - 26 FEB 1970 - Pacific Ocean
MAY 1970 - NOV 1975 Deployed to Holy Loch Scotland
DEC 1976 - JUN 1979 Deployed to Rota Spain
JUN 1979 - JAN 1980 Change of homeport to Charleston SC
JAN 1984 - DEC 1984 Regular Overhaul
MAR 1985 - MAR 1985 REFTRA Guantanamo Bay Cuba
JUN 1985 - OCT 1994 Change of Homeport to KINGS BAY GA
OCT 1994 Decommissioned: 7 OCT 1994

AS-34 General Specifications

Class: Simon Lake-class submarine tender

Named for: Canopus

Complement: 1420 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 12686 tons

Length: 644 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Flank Speed: 20 knots

Final Disposition: Awaiting breakup at Able Shipyard Teesside UK