The USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36), a L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender, was commissioned on 22 FEB 1970. She reported to her homeport of Norfolk, VA after commission and "turned to" tending nuclear attack submarines. Primarily serving stateside, L.Y. SPEAR deployed twice to the Indian Ocean, first as the Iranian Hostage Crisis was unfolding , then during Desert Shield. USS L.Y. SPEAR served her country for 26 years, 6 months and 15 days, until decommissioned on 6 SEP 1996. She is slated to be scrapped.
The USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:
AS-36 General Specifications
Named for: Lawrence York Spear
Complement: 1338 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 22640 tons
Length: 644 feet
Beam: 29 feet
Draft: 57 feet
Final Disposition: Sold for Scrapping 9 July 2010 to ESCO Marine Brownsville Tx
USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36)
L. Y. Spear
(AS-36) was laid down by General Dynamics Corp., Quincy Division, Quincy,
Mass., 5 May 1966; launched 7 September 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Arnold F.
Schade, wife of Vice Admiral Schade, Commander, Submarine Force, Atlantic
Fleet; and is scheduled for commissioning in 1970.
The first of a new class of ships designed primarily to
service nuclear attack submarines, L. Y. Spear, once completed, will be
assigned to Submarine Squadron 6 with Norfolk as her home base. She will have
the capability to provide logistic and technical support for as many as 12
submarines and service four of them alongside simultaneously.
[Note: The above USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]