US Navy Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Visits Sepanggar Naval Base, Malaysia
US Navy Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Visits Sepanggar Naval Base, Malaysia

US Navy Submarine Tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) Visits Sepanggar Naval Base, Malaysia

The Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) hosted several engagements from the 13th Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and U.S. Navy Submarine Staff Talks to ship tours while moored pierside at Sepanggar Naval Base in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. Frank Cable’s triad, along with several officers, had the opportunity to tour the Malaysian Submarine Command Headquarters to learn more about the Royal Malaysian Navy’s submarine capabilities, July 15, 2022. Staff talks also included discussions of Frank Cable’s expeditionary repair, rearm, and re-provision capabilities. While in port, Frank Cable Sailors also had the opportunity to participate in a friendly volleyball match with RMN sailors.

Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Jerry P. Smart, from Little Rock, Arkansas, stands watch aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) during sea and anchor detail, July 13, 2022.
Hull Maintenance Technician 2nd Class Jerry P. Smart, from Little Rock, Arkansas, stands watch aboard the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) during sea and anchor detail, July 13, 2022.(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Henry X. Liu)

“It was an honor to host the 13th Royal Malaysian Navy and U.S. Navy Submarine Staff Talks onboard our ship. We enjoyed the opportunity to present our submarine tender’s expeditionary capabilities and reinforce our strong relationship with the Royal Malaysian Navy,” said Capt. Frye, Frank Cable’s commanding officer.

“The Royal Malaysian Navy displayed a wide range of impressive capabilities of the RMN Submarine Force. Joint engagements between the Royal Malaysian Navy and U.S. Navy continue to strengthen our partnership. I am honored to have been a part of these joint engagements and hope they lead to future allied operations,” said Ens. Sean Smith, Frank Cable’s weapons handling officer, of the tour of RMN submarine command headquarters.

Royal Malaysian Navy Capt. Kamalrulzaman bin Zainul, acting Submarine Force Commander and commanding officer of Submarine Training Centre, gives welcoming remarks to assembled U.S. Navy and Royal Malaysian Navy officers in preparation for the 13th Royal Malaysian Navy and U.S. Navy Submarine Staff Talks. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads)

Frank Cable hosted several tours for RMN sailors with Frank Cable Sailors presenting the ship’s medical, repair, supply and weapon capabilities, demonstrating the ship’s operational readiness at all times. Lastly, the triad from the Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarine HMAS Collins, currently docked at Sepanggar Naval Base, visited the Frank Cable for lunch. Frank Cable, forward-deployed to the island of Guam, repairs, rearms, and re-provisions submarines and surface vessels in the Indo-Pacific region. Frank Cable is currently on patrol conducting expeditionary maintenance and logistics in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Royal Malaysian Navy officers host a tour for U.S. Navy officers assigned to the Emory S. Land-class submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) of the Submarine Command Headquarters on Sepanggar Naval Base in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kaitlyn E. Eads)

USS Frank Cable (AS-40) is the second Emory S. Land-class submarine tender built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington for the United States Navy. The ship was christened on 14 January 1978 by Mrs. Rose A. Michaelis, wife of Admiral Frederick H. Michaelis, then Chief of Naval Material. The ship is named for Frank Cable, an electrical engineer who had worked as an electrician and trial captain for USS Holland (SS-1). 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.