Emory S. Land-class submarine tender

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Emory S. Land class
USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) and USS Frank Cable (AS-40) moored at Guam on 2 March 2017.JPG
Emory S. Land and Frank Cable at Guam, in 2017
Class overview
Builders: Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: L. Y. Spear-class
Built: 1976–1979
In commission: 1979–present
Completed: 3
Active: 2
Laid up: 1
General characteristics
Type: Submarine tender
Tonnage: 9,000 LT DWT
  • 13,800 long tons (14,021 t) light
  • 23,000 long tons (23,369 t) full load
Length: 649 ft (198 m)
Beam: 85 ft (26 m)
Draft: 26–29 ft (7.9–8.8 m)
  • 2 × boilers
  • Steam turbine
  • 1 shaft
  • 20,000 shp (14,914 kW)
Speed: 18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)
Complement: 1,350
  • 2 × 40 mm AA guns
  • 4 × 20 mm AA guns

The Emory S. Land-class submarine tender is a class of three submarine tenders in the United States Navy and Military Sealift Command. USS Emory S. Land is the lead ship in the class, the others are USS Frank Cable and USS McKee. McKee was the first ship in the class to be decommissioned.[1] The Emory S. Land class may be the last submarine tenders built for the United States Navy.[2]


The Emory S. Land-class is identical to the preceding L. Y. Spear-class. The ships were specifically designed to service nuclear-powered attack submarines. They feature 53 specialized workshops on 13 decks on board. Four submarines can be serviced simultaneously. The ships are equipped with two 40 ton bow anchors and one 20 ton stern anchor, two 60 ton cranes and two 7 ton cranes. All ships have a helicopter landing pad aft, although no hangar. The first two L. Y. Spear-class ships were originally fitted with a single World War II-vintage 5"/38 caliber gun, but this was later removed.[3]

Ships in class[edit]

Ship Hull no. Crest Builder Commissioned Decommissioned Fate NVR page
Emory S. Land AS-39 USS Emory S. Land AS-39 Crest.png Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co. 7 July 1979 Active AS-39
Frank Cable AS-40 USS Frank Cable AS-40 Crest.png 29 October 1979 Active AS-40
McKee AS-41 USS McKee (AS-41) crest.png 15 August 1981 16 July 1999 Stricken, to be disposed of AS-41


  1. ^ "Naval Vessel Register - MCKEE (AS 41)". Naval Vessel Register. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  2. ^ "USS McKee (AS 41)". www.navysite.de. Retrieved 2017-06-07.
  3. ^ Stefan Terzibaschitsch: Seemacht USA. Bechtermünz Verlag, Augsburg (Germany) 1997, p. 670-671. ISBN 3860475762