USS Frank Cable visits Hawaii en route to Guam homeport

Sailors man the rails as the submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) pulls into Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Jan. 2. Photo: US Navy

US Navy’s submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) on Tuesday stopped at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, while en route to her homeport at Naval Base Guam.

The submarine tender is on her way home after completing an eight-month dry-dock phase maintenance availability (DPMA) in Portland, Oregon.

Frank Cable departed from Guam, March 7 for DPMA where it went through a main reduction gear foundation repair and shafting, a collection holding tank replacement and received more than 600,000 pounds of renewed steel to enhance survivability and watertight resistance.

“The crew is excited to visit Hawaii after a successful dry-dock phase maintenance availability in Portland, Ore.,” said Capt. Jeff Farah, commanding officer, Frank Cable. “They have worked incredibly hard over the past nine months and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them.”

While this is a working port, Farah said, “We are all looking forward to enjoying all that Hawaii has to offer before continuing home to our families and friends in Guam.”

Under the two-tender concept, the crews of USS Frank Cable and USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) work together to repair, re-supply and re-arm submarines and surface vessels forward deployed to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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