The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) arrived in Sattahip, Thailand, on March 24, as part of a regularly scheduled underway period in the Western Pacific.
“Our main goal for this visit is to show our continued commitment to our partners and friends in Thailand with whom we have been allies for 181 years,” said Capt. Mark Benjamin, commanding officer of Frank Cable.
During the port visit, Frank Cable Sailors plan to participate in community service events such as a multi-gender soccer challenge with a local team, visit the Child Protection Center in Hua Yai and an orphanage in Pattaya to spend time with the children.
“We have several community events and educational tours planned to give my Sailors an understanding of why our two countries have remained friends and regional partners for nearly two centuries,” said Benjamin. “Of course, this stop also provides well-deserved time off of the ship for my Sailors to rest, relax, shop, and to enjoy the food and customs of Thailand.”
Frank Cable, forward deployed to the island of Guam, conducts maintenance and support of submarines and surface vessels deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility and is currently on a scheduled underway period.
|USS FRANK CABLE SPECIFICATIONS|
|Displacement||13,758 long tons (13,979 t) light
22,826 long tons (23,192 t) full load
|Complement||81 officers, 1,270 enlisted|
Press Release, March 25, 2014, Image: US Navy