Hyderabad: USS Frank Cable, a second Emory S. land-class submarine tender, visited Vizag Port on 2 August with a crew of approximately 300 United States Navy sailors and 200 military sailors from the public service. The visit aims to conduct bilateral engagements with India and foster relations with India.
“We want to have a close relationship with India. USS Frank Cable (AS 40) is to repair, rearm and resupply submarines or ships. We are always eager to help Indian submarines,” said said Jonathan B Trejo, the public affairs officer. of the USS Frank cable.
Speaking to News Meter, Jonathan B. Trejo said the ship is important for the India-Pacific region, especially for bilateral engagements with India and fostering relations between the two countries and showing India and to the world that we are able to work well with each other. .
The ship had visited India earlier, but this was its first visit this year. Commissioned on October 20, 1979, USS Frank Cable was decommissioned in 1996 but was reactivated and refitted to replace USS Holland (AS 32) in the Western Pacific as a mobile repair platform and support from Commander Seventh Fleet.
The vessel has capabilities, particularly in four main repair divisions:
1. Complete repair: Mainly handle and work with wood.
2. Mechanical repair: Manage the machine shop on board and make sure the submarine needs specific parts. Any manufacture, repair of machinery on board can be carried out. The ship keeps about 30,000 spare parts on board to remake parts for submarines and other ships.
3. Electrical repair: It is made up of electricians and technicians. Work mainly on the repair of electric motors, wires.
4. Diving capabilities: Navy divers on board are mainly used in underwater repairs, surveillance repairs, salvage. Besides the diving capabilities, the medical department has a diving medicine component with the diving chamber on board. They are able to treat decompression sickness, if necessary.
Brief History of the USS Frank Cable
USS Frank Cable (AS 40) was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company and was christened on January 14, 1978. Commissioned on October 20, 1979, the ship was designed to handle submarines from Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack.
Frank Cable visited many cities in the Western Pacific to support US forces, including Brisbane (Australia), Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Vladivostok (Russia), Subic Bay (Philippines) and Yokosuka (Japan).
In 1997, the ship was heavily involved in rescue and recovery efforts after Korean Airline Flight 801 crashed in Guam, as well as recovery and cleanup efforts after Super Typhoon Paka.
Frank Cable received a Humanitarian Service Medal for supporting Guam’s recovery efforts after Super Typhoon Pongsona in 2002.
From 1980 to 2012, Frank Cable earned awards as a unit of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets, including nine Meritorious Unit Commendations, 13 Combat Effectiveness “E” Awards and four Golden Anchor Awards. .