USS FRANK CABLE (AS 40) was
built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company,
Seattle, WA. The ship was christened on January 14, 1978 by
Mrs. Rose A. Michaelis, wife of Admiral F. H. Michaelis,
then Chief of Naval Material. Commissioned
on October 20, 1979, FRANK
designed to tend the nuclear-powered Los Angeles-class
attack submarines. The ship spent 1980 until 1996 as the
repair ship for Submarine Squadrons FOUR and EIGHTEEN in
Charleston, South Carolina, tending Sturgeon-class attack
submarines and Benjamin Franklin-class ballistic missile
decommissioning in 1996, but was reactivated and refitted to
replace the USS HOLLAND (AS 32) in
the Western Pacific as Commander Seventh Fleetís mobile
repair and support platform.
Since arriving in Guam, FRANK
visited many Western Pacific cities in support
forces. A few of those included are Brisbane, Australia;
Hong Kong; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Vladivostok,
Russia; Subic Bay, Philippines and Yokosuka, Japan.
In 1997, the ship was heavily involved with the rescue and
recovery efforts following the Korean Airline Flight 801
crash on Guam, and also in the recovery and clean-up efforts
following Super Typhoon Paka. FRANK
a Humanitarian Service Medal for support provided in
on Guam following Super Typhoon Pongsona in 2002.
From 1980 to 2012, FRANK
garnered awards as a unit of both the Atlantic and Pacific
Fleets, including nine Meritorious Unit Commendations,
thirteen Battle Efficiency "E" awards and four Golden Anchor
crew continues to reach out to the local community through a
variety of causes including assistance to the elderly,
working with children and supporting local animal shelters.