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Submarine Tender (AS)

Submarine Tenders furnish maintenance and logistic support for nuclear attack submarines.
The L.Y. Spear class is designed and fitted to accommodate attack submarines and can service up to four submarines moored alongside simultaneously. The Simon Lake class was configured especially to service ballistic missile submarines. The operation of AS 39 and AS 40 was transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) in 2008 and 2010 respectively.
Point Of Contact
MSC Public Affairs
471 East C. St.
Norfolk, VA 23511-2419
(757) 443-3984
General Characteristics, L.Y. Spear Class
Builder: AS 39 thru AS 41, Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Company.
Date Deployed: July 7, 1979 (USS Emory S. Land)
Propulsion: Two boilers, geared turbines, one shaft, 20,000 shaft horsepower.
Length: 644 feet (193.2 meters)
Beam: 85 feet (25.5 meters)
Displacement: Approximately 23,000 tons (23,865.02 metric tons) full load
Draft: 26 feet
Speed: 20 knots (23 miles, 36.8 km, per hour)
Crew: Civil Service: 157; Miliary: 292
Armament: Two .40 mm guns Four .20 mm guns
Aircraft: None
USS Emory S. Land (AS 39), Guam
USS Frank Cable (AS 40), Guam
Last Update: 15 March 2017