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The USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40), an Emory S. Land-class submarine tender, was commissioned on 29 OCT 1979. FRANK CABLE was built in Seattle, Washington by Lockheed Shipbuilding and was homeported in Charleston, SC in the first increment of her career. For 16 years she tended the Charleston based attack submarines, then started decommissioning. A revised plan had FRANK CABLE continuing in service after an upgrade, at Apra Harbor, Guam. Arriving in 1997, FRANK CABLE has tended the submarine of the Pacific Fleet from her homeport and has ventured to Siapan, Pearl Harbor, Yokouska, Japan, Port Kelang, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vladivostok, Russia and Subic Bay, Phillipines. In 2010 USS FRANK CABLE was transferred to the Military Sealift command - without the usual "T-" designation. In an arrangement used so far by just USS FRANK CABLE, USS EMORY LAND and USS MOUNT WHITNEY, she remains a commissioned US Navy vessel and with a a mixed civilian/Navy complement, under U.S. Navy command.

The USS FRANK CABLE (AS-40) deployment history and significant events of her service career follow:

AS-40 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAR 1976 - Keel Date: 2 MAR 1976
at Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co. Seattle WA
JAN 1978 - Launch Date: 14 JAN 1978
JAN 1979 - JAN 1980 Panama Canal
OCT 1979 - Commissioned: 29 OCT 1979
DEC 1979 - DEC 1979 Panama Canal
FEB 1980 - MAR 1980 Guantanamo Bay
JAN 1981 - FEB 1981 Caribbean
MAY 1988 - NOV 1988 Mediterranean
JAN 1991 - FEB 1991 Caribbean
OCT 1992 - NOV 1992 Dependents Cruise
FEB 1996 - FEB 1996 last ship to leave charleston
FEB 1996 - Shellback Initiation - 29 FEB 1996 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1998 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1998 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 2001 - Shellback Initiation - 23 FEB 2001 - Pacific Ocean
FEB 2011 - FEB 2011 Dry Dock

AS-40 General Specifications

Class: Emory S. Land-class submarine tender

Named for: Frank Cable

Complement: 81 Officers and 1270 Enlisted

Displacement: 13758 tons

Length: 649 feet

Beam: 85 feet

Flank Speed: 18 knots